Rime Buddhist Center
Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies
"Achieving Peace Through Compassion"
700 West Pennway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Lama Chuck Stanford
The following is Lama Chuck's monthly
column that appeared in the Kansas City Star
newspaper on September 4, 2004.
QUESTION: "What is the correlation
between faith and enligthement?"
ANSWER: Your question is a good one, but I think it is
first important to
understand what we mean by faith. Words have both connotations
Most people would assume that when we are talking about
faith we are
referring to a belief that does not rest upon logical
proof. This is
referred to as "blind faith." In Tibetan the
word for blind faith is "
translated means "stupid faith."
However in Buddhism we believe in a type of intelligent
faith that in fact
does help one along the path to enlightenment. In the
teachings of Lam
Chemo it is taught there are three kinds of faith.