Belief and faith ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The ideas presented in some favorite Western Dharma books, such as ‘Buddhism without Beliefs’ and ‘The Faith To Doubt’, are in disagreement with Buddhist views about belief and faith. These ideas do not exist in any kind of Buddhism, and they are unbelievably dangerous because they prevent faith and spirituality with ideas that are one-sidedly materialistic. What can replace faith and belief? If people have something better, they should explain it. It is not necessary to teach others not to have faith but to have doubt, because sentient beings already believe in doubt even though they don’t say so, and that is why they are wandering in samsara. The faith to doubt is everywhere; it is not an exotic or valuable teaching, and it does not need to be emphasized. Even when human beings do not know anything about Buddhism, they have doubt.

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

from the book Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

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