believing a fact to be true
|Chinese||信(T) / 信(S)
(Wyl.: dad pa)
Śraddhā (P. saddhā; T. dad pa; C. xin) is translated as "faith", "confidence", "trust", etc. The term also includes the sense of "belief". According to Buswell, the term "has a wide range of meaings in Buddhism." These meanings include:
- a postitive disposition toward the Buddha
- faith or conviction in the "efficacy of the Buddhist path"
- a conviction to follow that path
Śraddhā is identified as:
- One of the five spiritual faculties
- One of the eleven virtuous mental factors within the Theravada Abhidharma teachings.
- One of the eleven virtuous mental factors within the Mahayana Abhidharma teachings.
- One of the eight antidotes applied to overcome obstacles in Samatha meditation within the Mahayana tradition.
Bhikkhu Bodhi states:
- The first of the beautiful cetasikas is faith, which has the characteristic of placing faith or of trusting. Its function is to clarify, as a water-clearing gem causes muddy water to become clear; or its function is to set forth, as one might set forth to cross a flood.17 It is manifested as non-fogginess, i.e. the removal of the mind’s impurities, or as resolution. Its proximate cause is something to place faith in, or the hearing of the Good Dhamma, etc., that constitute the factors of stream-entry.
Nina van Gorkom explains:
- Saddha is not blind faith in a person, it is confidence in wholesomeness. There is saddha with dana, with sila and with bhavana. There cannot be any kind of wholesomeness without saddha. Saddha is called by the Atthasalini the "forerunner of wholesomeness".
The Atthasālinī states:
- It has purifying or aspiring as its characteristic. As the water-purifying gem of the universal monarch thrown into water causes solids, alluvia, waterweeds and mud to subside and makes the water clear, transparent and undisturbed, so faith arising discards the hindrances, causes the corruptions to subside, purifies the mind and makes it undisturbed: the mind being purified, the aspirant of noble family gives gifts, observes the precepts, performs the duties of "uposatha"[lower-alpha 1], and commences bhavana. Thus faith should be known to have purifying as its characteristic...
The Khenjuk states:
- Faith is admiration of, longing towards, and trust in that which is true. It supports determination.
The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:
- What is confidence-trust? It is a deep conviction, lucidity, and longing for those things which are real, have value, and are possible. It functions as the basis of sustained interest.
- Believing a fact to be true (dad-pa) focuses on something existent and knowable, something with good qualities, or an actual potential, and considers it either existent or true, or considers a fact about it as true. Thus, it implies accepting reality.
- There are three types:
- Clearheadedly believing a fact about something (dang-ba’i dad-pa) is clear about a fact and, like a water purifier, clears the mind. Vasubandhu specified that it clears the mind of disturbing emotions and attitudes about the object.
- Believing a fact based on reason (yid-ches-kyi dad-pa) considers a fact about something to be true based on thinking about reasons that prove it.
- Believing a fact with an aspiration concerning it (mngon-‘dod-kyi dad-pa) considers true both a fact about something and an aspiration we consequently hold about the object, such as that we can attain a positive goal and that we shall attain it.
Geshe Tashi Tsering writes:
- Faith in Buddhism does not refer to blind faith, but to faith that arises from observation and reflection. The Buddha's teachings include things too subtle for us to fully comprehend at this time, such as the most intricate workings of karma. But because we can prove the logical truth of what the Buddha says about things we can check up on, such as momentary impermanence, we can develop conviction that the more subtle teachings are also correct.
- Uposatha days are days of fasting or vigil; uposatha is observed an the days of full-moon and new-moon, and sometimes also on the days of the first and last moon-quarter. in Buddhist countries there is a tradition for lay-followers to visit temples and to observe eight precepts on these days.
- Berzin, Alexander (2006), Primary Minds and the 51 Mental Factors, StudyBuddhism
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Bodhi, Bhikkhu (2012), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings). Independent Publishers Group. Kindle Edition.
- Geshe Tashi Tsering (2006). Buddhist Psychology: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought. Wisdom.
- Guenther, Herbert V. & Leslie S. Kawamura (1975), Mind in Buddhist Psychology: A Translation of Ye-shes rgyal-mtshan's "The Necklace of Clear Understanding" Dharma Publishing. Kindle Edition.
- Kunsang, Erik Pema (translator) (2004). Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1. North Atlantic Books.
- Nina van Gorkom (2010), Cetasikas by Nina van Gorkom
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