Tonight I will be giving a talk on the subject of faith. The Buddha talked about the different types of faith and how, as our practice evolves and our heart-mind becomes more clear, it is our verified faith that becomes a source of strength and refuge in the face of difficulty and life challenge. Unlike blind faith when one relays on what others tell them, the Buddha taught that we should “see for ourselves”, through practice and inquiry, what is truth and worth having faith in. We’ll explore all of this tonight.
We continue with our exploration of ethical practice, set in the context of the overall training to awaken. We focus in this first session on Fourth Precept ("Right" or "Wise" Speech) on the four core ethical guidelines for speech (truthfulness, helpfulness, speaking from the heart, and good timing/appropriateness of the speech), in the context of the general importance of speech practice, suggesting a number of ways of practicing.
Reflection–Vertical and Horizontal: On East and West meeting the individual's process in different ways. Instruction- Becoming more intimate with the experience of breathing; using the centering questions.+
The Buddha as a healer: the ariyasacca as formula rather than as doctrine; perspectives on a tentative history of "The Four Noble Truths" and how to take their medicine, rather than just believing in its efficacy.