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(Skt,; Pāli, saddhā). An attitude of faith, trust, or confidence, especially in the Buddha and his teachings. Faith is a prerequisite for embarking on the Eightfold Path, but it must be tempered by critical reflection and tested against one's own experience. In general, there is no doctrine of ‘salvation by faith’ in Buddhism.and blind faith is not regarded as a virtue: instead each person must cultivate insight and understanding (prajñā) into the Four Noble Truths. Some forms of Pure Land Buddhism, however, do teach that rebirth in a Pure Land (or heaven) can be obtained through faith alone.

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