rowyourboat wrote:I felt confidence was more about things like 'the trains will run on time'. They are low risk issues. Trust would be higher risk as in trusting a surgeon with your life. Faith is for the highest risk issues- do I trust samsara, my salvation with a teaching of a man or God and what kind of man (in this case) would that have to be?
A good point.
Why do I trust the Buddha and his teachings?
Yes, I think suffering was really necessary for that. To open up. In deep suffering, with no way out, one opens up, looking for what might be helpful, looking with less prejudice for what is really helpful. And that's it. Faith comes through understanding suffering:
Prasadachitta wrote:I find that dwelling upon the existential realities of loss and aimlessness together with the qualities attributed to the path and goal of Buddhist Awakening is fertile ground for the arising of Saddha.
As the Buddha taught, the truth of suffering has to be understood. I think that's where solid faith really comes from. Otherwise one can't really look for a way out. Without really looking for a way out one cannot have faith in a clear way out.
Okay, so much intelligent talking but still no clear answer to the question: Why do I trust the Buddha and his teachings
I think there's no way to explain that theoretically.
Go and suffer deeply. And look for a way out, for what is really helpful, trying to understand your situation in all its depth, look sincerely, search and search...
And you will end up with the Buddha's teachings.