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saddha

confidence

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Saddha

A provisional trust and confidence. Translators sometimes use the word "faith" or "conviction", but those two words are problematic.

general meaning

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote: As a factor of the Buddhist path, (saddhā) does not mean blind belief but a willingness to accept on trust certain propositions that we cannot, at our present stage of development, personally verify for ourselves. These propositions concern both the nature of reality and the higher reaches of the path. In the traditional map of the Buddhist training, (saddhā) is placed at the beginning, as the prerequisite for the later stages comprised in the triad of virtue, concentration, and wisdom. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... say_45.pdf

example in Siha sutta

From his translation of Siha sutta: When this was said, Sīha the general said to the Blessed One: “Bhante, I do not go by (saddhā) in the Blessed One concerning those four directly visible fruits of giving declared by him. I know them, too. For I am a donor, a munificent giver, and I am dear and agreeable to many people. I am a donor, a munificent giver, and many good persons resort to me. I am a donor, a munificent giver, and I have acquired a good reputation as a donor, sponsor, and supporter of the Saṅgha. I am a donor, a munificent giver, and whatever assembly I approach—whether of khattiyas, brahmins, householders, or ascetics—I approach it confidently and composed. I do not go by (saddhā) in the Blessed One concerning these four directly visible fruits of giving declared by him. I know them, too. But when the Blessed One tells me: ‘Sīha, with the breakup of the body, after death, a donor, a munificent giver, is reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world,’ I do not know this, and here I go by (saddhā) in the Blessed One.” “So it is, Sīha, so it is! With the breakup of the body, after death, a donor, a munificent giver, is reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world.”

References

Assaji pali terms index:
https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32688&p=517423#p517423



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