A talk given at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore.
Not blind faith
- Setting a proper motivation for listening to the teaching
- “Faith” in Buddhism: the Tibetan and Sanskrit terms for “faith” do not have the connotation of blind faith
- Inquiry plays an important role in our generating faith in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
- We get enlightened not simply by faith, but by transforming our mind, which can only happen through reasoning and inquiry
- Don’t have “blind faith” in your negative emotions: try and use inquiry to dispel them
Inquiry and faith 01 (download)
The Kalama Sutra: the Buddha’s statement for free inquiry
- Important to understand this sutra in context
- The Buddha didn’t say that faith is unnecessary or that we should only rely on our own experience
- An inquiring mind is not a skeptical mind
- Faith and inquiry complement each other on the Buddhist path
- What do we do when we have doubts about the teachings?
- How do we verify the Buddha’s teachings?
Inquiry and faith 02 (download)
Questions and answers
- I dreamt a few times of my grandma who passed away two weeks ago. Do dreams mean anything in Buddhism? What can I do for her after 49 days?
- Is it possible to change our destiny or fate in this life by doing more positive actions?
- Besides meditation, are there any other ways to develop mindfulness?
- How do we practice in relation to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha? What’s the importance of seeking refuge in the Three Jewels?
- Are Christians included in the cycle of rebirth? Is it a disadvantage to them to not know the Buddhist teachings?
- How Sravasti Abbey makes the practice of generosity one of its core values.
Inquiry and faith 03 (download)
Faith and Inquiry 04-22-06