Samantabhadri explores what it was like to meet the Buddha, the fully Enlightened human being. She then discusses ‘garava’ as devotion for the whole richness of our Dharma Lives, including positive emotions for all beings.
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Saccanama explores shraddha, often translated as ‘faith’, as the emotional counterpoint of wisdom. It’s not a foundation for insight to arise, but rather it’s the equivalent of perceptual, cognitive insight experienced through reverence, worship and devotion.
There is an unfolding process within us – in each moment we have a choice to move towards the painful and unskilful, or we can move towards liberation. Faith is the intuition that there is a way of responding to experience that moves us away from suffering and towards liberation. What most deeply matters to us? What conditions allow for the process of flourishing to happen?
Dhammarati calls on the story of Milarepa to draw out the relationship between faith...
A self-proclaimed ‘doctrine follower’, Nagasuri challenges herself to speak on the basis of her faith in the Buddha, and does so with moving eloquence. Personal, full of devotion, she shares over 30 years of being in contact with the Buddha and explains how the grace of the Buddha’s blessings has opened her heart time and time again.
Talk given at the Women’s International Order Convention 2011.
Kamalashila takes us into the world of the Abhidharma to investigate how positive mind states emerge. He describes the types of Shraddha (confidence, faith or esteem), and their place in Buddhist practice.