Click here to join our daily meditations to support establishing a regular sitting practice.

Trust and Faith (Saddha) – The World is Not Against Us

With Stephen Fulder recorded on March 7, 2021.

Found our teachings useful? Help us continue our work and support your teachers with a donation. Here’s how.

How can we develop trust, steadiness and inner freedom, qualities which contribute to our well-being and resilience, and help us to help others? Trust (saddha in Pali) is the first of the Five Spiritual Powers, which are Trust, Energy, Mindfulness, Calm, and Wisdom. Trust is the primary means to dissolve and transform our anxieties, fears, confusions, and resistance. Instead of shutting our doors, we fling them open to let in the guests that come knocking. Trust allows us to surf the waves of change rather than being knocked over by them. As part of spiritual practice it allows us to go beyond the known to the great wide-open spaces of the unlimited.

(Please note that due to intermittent connection problems during the session the first few seconds of the talk are missing, and there are a couple of places where the sound / picture is briefly lost.)

Listen to the audio version below, or click here to download the mp3.

Discover more from the Dharma Library

  • Daily Meditation Recordings, with Caverly Morgan – Week of April 6

    We’re very grateful to have Caverly Morgan hosting our Daily Meditation Series for North America. To find out more about Caverly, and to view her past recordings and contributions to Sangha Live, click here. Monday, April 6 Becoming the ocean of awareness and acceptance Wednesday, April 8 Resting together in our shared being Tuesday, April…

    Read More

  • Alexis Santos

    Natural awareness: practicing in daily life.

    Meditation is often viewed as something restricted to a certain posture or time of day. For most of us, the majority of our life will not be on retreat or even spent in a formal sitting posture. If we want to make best use of our daily life, it’s important to know that being aware…

    Read More

  • Shaila Catherine

    Faith and confidence: the first spiritual faculty.

    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.

    Read More

  • The seven factors of awakening.

    Jessica discusses the seven factors of awakening (mindfulness, tranquility/relaxation, piti/joy, concentration, investigation, viriya/courageous energy, equanimity) and how to work with them in meditation practice to balance the mind and support insight through specific meditative techniques.

    Read More

  • A Practical Approach to Understanding Right Effort

    All schools of Buddhism acknowledge that if we are to “awaken” in this lifetime, our aim is to cultivate and develop the eight-fold path. This path consists of behavioral (sila), meditative (samadhi) and philosophical (panna) dimensions. When skillfully interwoven, this system of training directs us towards a liberation-based lifestyle by embracing the limitations and the…

    Read More

  • Live wholeheartedly and leave not a trace

    During the meditation and dharma talk Eden explores this Zen teaching by Suzuki Roshi: “When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” How wholeheartedly are you showing up to life? What most helps you to remember that THIS IS IT? What helps you to see…

    Read More