The Buddhist Faith

From the Buddhist point of view, faith is not the belief in the unknown, the unintelligible or the impossible but it is an inner confidence that emphasizes reason and understanding through actual experience and direct seeing. Confidence is not blind faith but becomes confirmed in everyday life. By seeing more clearly, we open and entrust ourselves to the infinite life and light of the universe. We let go of our illusory control of our lives, and see ourselves fully integrated in and interconnected with the cosmic web. Life with its impermanence are accepted unconditionally with all of its blessings and challenges.

It is this definition of the word “faith,” in which our organization, Buddhist Faith Fellowship, derives its name. This “Buddhist Faith” is shaped by trust (sraddha) that is neither blind, unreasonable nor dogmatic but is informed by reason, openness, and direct experience.