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Re: Faith

Postby Jechan » Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:40 am

Faith is like driving over a bridge to cross a long stretch of water. We don't question whether or not the bridge can hold us up and keep us from falling, we just drive onto it knowing we will cross to the other side safely.
Faith is assurance of the outcome and that what the Buddha teaches is true, not false.
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Re: Faith

Postby Ambrosius80 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:09 pm

This is a very good reason to like Buddhism. Unlike other religions, where you either believe everything as it is written/said or you go to Hell, for example, Buddhism actually invites you to ponder on things, think on your own and use logic. In my opinion, this is why Dharma is the truth. Even though it has a solid core that tells how everything is, there are a great many ways to approach this core. There are no dogmas; my way is as correct as yours, so to speak.

In the end, we all save ourselves, and can't expect anyone else to do it for us.
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Re: Faith

Postby smcj » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:16 pm

Ambrosius80 wrote:In the end, we all save ourselves, and can't expect anyone else to do it for us.

Nobody can do it for us, we've got to do our part. But if a little help shows up here and there, are you going to turn it down just to make a point?
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Re: Faith

Postby Will » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Bodhisattvas, due to their benevolent intent, are present here to mature all beings. No father, mother or friend is so kind... Those who embody love pursue benefit and happiness with affectionate care for other beings. People do not even love themselves this much...


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Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
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Re: Faith

Postby Ambrosius80 » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:41 pm

smcj wrote:
Ambrosius80 wrote:In the end, we all save ourselves, and can't expect anyone else to do it for us.

Nobody can do it for us, we've got to do our part. But if a little help shows up here and there, are you going to turn it down just to make a point?

Of course not. Buddha himself helped people on their pursuit of enlightenment. But it is up to us to recognize the help we are offered and make full use of it in our daily lives.
What I meant was that we cannot simply put ourselves and our lives on "auto pilot", thinking that a soul or a god is acting as our shepherd and doing decisions for us, believing that we cannot go the wrong way even if we tried.
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