Buddhism presents a perspective from other religions regarding faith as a characteristic of a spiritually wholesome mind, emphasizing validation through direct experience rather than faith in an externalized Higher Power. This view places value on developing mental discipline that is informed by kindness and clarity, which produces confidence regarding one’s growth towards Awakening. This talk describes various levels of faith and the different ways the suttas and commentaries provide understanding, both conceptual and through direct experience.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Understanding Faith
The topic for next week’s review is the importance of being mindful regarding intentions, which play a crucial role in the process of self-organization and action.