Straight on faith

November 29th, 2009


My teacher gave a talk the other day and touched on a topic that has coincidental significance to me: whether or not Zen is a religion. He said that a group of scholars once deliberated this and concluded that Zen was a religion because of its use of faith. Of course, it’s not the faith you might be familiar with; not a faith in something or someone or somewhere else. It’s faith in yourself.

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From time to time I’m asked this question: What do Buddhists believe?

I don’t know what some Buddhists believe, but I like to respond that Buddhism requires no beliefs. That’s rather hard to believe. And so I offer this solely as my own testimony.

I believe in love. Not the love that is the enemy of hate, but the love that has no enemies or rivals, no end and no reason, no justification and no words. Love and hate are completely unrelated and incomparable. Hate is born of human fear. Love is never born, which is to say, it is eternal and absolutely fearless. This love does not require my belief; it requires my practice.

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2 Comments »

  1. "This love does not require my belief; it requires my practice." I will carry that with me from this moment forward. Thank you.

    Comment by Swirly — November 30, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  2. those words on love resonate and will be carried with me to tomorrow's dharma talk.

    Comment by Bridge — November 30, 2009 @ 3:54 am

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