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Faith and confidence: the first spiritual faculty.

With Shaila Catherine recorded on September 4, 2016.

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Faith, confidence, and trust are English translations for the Pali term saddhā. In this talk, Shaila Catherine explores the cultivation of saddhā as an aid to awakening and as the first in the list of spiritual faculties that include faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom.

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