Faith and Inquiry
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
22 Apr 2006
by Ven. Thubten Chodron©
Part 1. Setting a proper motivation for listening to the teaching. ~ What is ‘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 our negative emotions. Try and use inquiry to dispel them.
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Part 3 of 3: Questions and answers
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- I dreamt a few times of my grandma who passed away 2 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.