Faith, Trust and Confidence in Dharma Practice and in this World
with Manny Mansbach
4 Mondays, April 19 - May 10; 7:00 - 8:30pm
Suggested donation: $32-80 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration)*
"No matter what we encounter in life, it is faith that enables us to try again, to trust again, to love again. Even in times of immense suffering, it is faith that enables us to relate to the present moment in such a way that we can go on, we can move forward, instead of becoming lost in resignation and despair. Faith links our present-day experience, whether wonderful or terrible, to the underlying pulse of life itself." --Sharon Salzberg
Faith is not a thing we do or don’t have. It is a verb, an action, something we do. Commonly, we are told that faith deepens as we are instructed in what we should believe. However, in Buddhism, confidence grows as we experiment with and embody the teachings, trying them out in our daily lives to see how our most noble qualities can best be awakened. Trust, faith and confidence can arise despite great suffering, and are often fostered in tandem with wisdom,
In our lives--whether we are aware of it or not--we are continuously giving our hearts to something. As practitioners of meditation and dharma, what is it we give our hearts to? Or, as the Pali word saddha is usually translated, what do we “place our hearts upon?” What do we rely on or take refuge in? How is this sense of trust established and strengthened? If we have become separated from a supportive relationship with faith, how do we most skillfully work to reestablish that connection? And what does dharma practice offer us in this regard? We will explore some of these questions and more in this class.
“Though I do not expect a plant to spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” --Thoreau
Course Text: Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, by Sharon Salzberg
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