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    What did the Buddha say about Faith (SaddhA)?



The Blessed Buddha once said:

And even though a disciple of the Noble Ones lives off lumps of alms food and
wears rag-robes, still, because he is endowed with four qualities, then he is freed
from hell, freed from the animal womb, freed from the realm of hungry ghosts,
freed from all the planes of pain and deprivation, the bad and low destinations.

And what are these 4 qualities? There is the case where the disciple of the Noble Ones
is endowed with verified faith, confidence and conviction in the Awakened Buddha like
this: Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Fully consummated
in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all the phases and dimensions,
knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed, both teacher and
guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened and enlightened is the Buddha.

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence and conviction in the Dhamma like this:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now, immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to come and see for themselves, inspect, examine and verify. Leading each and everyone through progress towards complete perfection.
Directly observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence...

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence and conviction in the Noble Sangha
like this: Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble
disciples: Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way!
Therefore do these 8 kinds of individuals, these four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts,
grants, sacrifice, offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms,
since this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable
and forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world, to honour, respect,
support, give to and protect.

He/she is endowed with a long-term clean morality, which are dear to the Noble Ones:
A moral purity that is untorn, unbroken, unspotted, and impeccable, liberating, praised
by the wise, immaculate, and leading to absorbed concentration. SN 55.1
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn55/sn55.001.than.html



For a lay person, there are these five rewards of faith, confidence and conviction:
Which five?
1: When truly Noble beings in this universe show compassion, they will first show true
compassion to people of faith, confidence and conviction, and not to people lacking
in faith, confidence and conviction...
2: When visiting, they first visit people of faith, confidence and conviction, and not
people without faith, confidence and conviction...
3: When accepting gifts, they first accept gifts from people with faith, confidence
and conviction, and thereafter from people lacking faith, confidence and conviction.
4: When teaching the Dhamma, they first teach those with faith, confidence and
conviction, and then later to those without faith, confidence and conviction.
5: A person of faith, confidence and conviction, on the break-up of the body, right
after death, will arise in a good destination, the heavenly world. For a lay person,
these are the five certain rewards of faith, confidence and conviction. AN 5:38
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.038.than.html



And how is the individual, who is released through faith, confidence and conviction?
There is the case, where a certain individual does not dwell immersed in those subtle
peaceful states, that has transcended all form, but having understood the Dhamma,
some of his mental fermentations are ended, and his faith, confidence and conviction
in the Tathagata is settled, well rooted, and established. This is called an individual,
who is released through faith, confidence and conviction. Regarding this monk, I say
that he has still a task to do. Why is that? Perhaps this Venerable, when staying at
suitable places, associating with admirable friends, while balancing his mental abilities,
will reach and dwell in the supreme goal of the Noble life for which good men rightly
go forth from the home into homelessness, directly realizing it for himself right here
and now. Envisioning this fruit of further effort for this monk, I say that he still has
a task to complete. MN 70
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.070.than.html



Any female disciple of the Noble Ones, who grows by these 5 types of growth grows
a Noble growth, and thereby get a handle on what is essential, and what is excellent.
Which five?
She grows in terms of Faith...
She grows in terms of Morality...
She grows in terms of Learning...
She grows in terms of Generosity...
She grows in terms of Understanding....
Growing by these five types of growth, any female disciple of the Noble Ones grows
a Noble growth, and thereby gets hold on what is really essential, and what indeed is
quite and truly excellent. Growing in faith, morality, learning, generosity, and finally
understanding, a virtuous female lay disciple, such as this, establishes the real and
genuine essence within herself. SN 37.34
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm



For fine further Faith (Saddhā)  please see:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Going_Forth_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unwavering_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruitful_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm

Faith is the Seed!


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