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Faith (Pāli: saddhā, Sanskrit: śraddhā) is an initial acceptance of the Buddha's teaching prior to realising its truth for oneself. It is an important constituent element of all traditions of Buddhism, although the kind and nature of faith changes in the different schools. Other translations of saddhā/śraddhā include confidence and trust.

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Why do Sotapannas need faith?

I have read that the Stream Enterer needs to develop all the 5 faculties order to become enlightened. One of these facilities is faith. It is also said that they are beyond skeptical doubt of the ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38. when he said: “Mendicants, a faithful gentleman gets five benefits. What five? The good persons in the world show compassion first to the faithful, not so much to ...
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Science, the largest current religion, is it truth or does one follow actually on blind faith?

From a Dhammic perpective of truthfulness: wouldn't, isn't following science preaching totally based on blind faith with no personal prove? And isn't the non changing of the truth of suffering, the ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible? This is a question I’ve made to myself in multiple oportunities, especially after having explained the basics of (what I ...
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How to deal with suffering and losing faith?

I came across this section by chance, and read another question by a person with misanthropic feelings. I read all the answers because I feel the same as her. I've always been spiritual with an ...
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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

Like all religions, there are different branches, traditions, whatever you want to call them. Why would you choose one over the others? Do you think one is right and the others are wrong? Does one ...
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Discovering Pureland Faith

I'm an older male, actually a grandfather, and a Western convert to Buddhism. I came to Buddhism through meditation and interest in 60's mysticism - Alan Watts, D T Suzuki and the like. I read many ...
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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

Yesterday I spent some time studying one of the Vinayas and, completely honestly, I couldn't help but think that some of the rules were shockingly superstitious even by the standards of most of the ...
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Joining and then leaving the monastic order?

One thing that seems fascinating about the rules of the monastic life, the rules of poverty and celibacy, and so forth, is that as strict as the rules are, it seems that compliance is voluntary. A ...
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How do I reconcile the Dhamma Refuge with blind faith?

I read in Wikipedia and also in the suttas that refuge in Dhamma is "verified", as follows: Svakkhato Bhagavata dhammo sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccattam vedittabbo vinnuhiti. ...
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Buddhist marry a non-Buddhist

I'm intrigued by this concept. Can a Buddhist marry a person from a faith who believe in a God that created the universe? I've got varying answers from Buddhists, some have advised that religion does ...
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How is suffering the supporting condition for faith?

In Upanisa Sutta Suffering is noted as a supporting condition for faith, I have a faint idea of how this could be, but I have a hard time following it as I did all other supporting conditioned listed ...
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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?

Can people with poor mental health not just benefit from meditation, but realize its goals?
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In regard of what or whom are you loyal?

Ven. Members of the Sangha (of Bhikkhus), Ven. fellows, valued Upasaka and Upasika, dear readers and interesed, This question is intellectual and theoretical, or literary, but also/merely inviting ...
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Possible to attain happiness without support, through art?

Is it possible to attain happiness without support, through art, not overt meditation? I'm not really an expert on any art, but take the question (somewhat) seriously.
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How much faith do you need to become a buddhist?

Faith in hell and heaven, Karma, rebirth, other realms etc. because all of them can't be proved via scientific method. If you say that you can see them by yourself, how do you know that it is not an ...
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How Does Buddhism Handle Internal Conflict

Few years ago, family put matrimonial ad in newspaper in India. We thought we selected nice person, but turns out he was abusive, unfaithful, and only wanted green card. Worse, he made me have ...
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Loss of "faith" in buddhism

I've never had any religion throughout my childhood and adolescence, and at the age of 18 I had my first contacts with buddhism; It seemed fascinating, and I kept reading about all the things I could ...
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What is the object of Faith in Buddhism

I am quite new to Buddhism. One of the reasons for starting practice was that I don't believe in God. But I belive in the four Noble Truths. I believe it because the more I think about it, the more I ...
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Should a Buddhist "have faith"?

In many religions it is common to say: "Have faith in God" or Jesus or Allah... In Buddhism we believe in Kamma, meaning that what happens to us is due to our past actions and it is usually not (or ...
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Losing my religion, and shikantaza

I was raised in a secular family, went to CofE church a little as a young child, but only to support my mum. Actually I'm way more drawn to Nietzsche now than Christianity, though I cannot see any ...
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Is it possible to believe (incorrectly) that one is on the path?

Can one work one's way through the whole path as it is described in the Mahayana literature, and then realize: Even though you were being sincere, and the "right" experiences in the literature ...
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What are the differences/similarities in the concept of faith as used in Buddhism and Christianity?

There is the concept of faith (śraddhā) in Buddhism. There is also the concept of faith found in Christianity. Both concepts have been translated into the English word faith but in what ways are the ...
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