Charok Lama – Logic & Faith on the Buddhist Path

In Buddhism, everything is logical to a point. In order to prove something like
next lives and past lives, or cause and effect extending throughout lifetimes, those things are provable, but at the beginning, in order to enter the path,
you need some faith. Logic and Faith on the Buddhist Path Once you have faith and you enter the path, then you get the proof. So I think that’s the difference. Like I said, at the end of the road in Buddhism, there’s nothing to do with faith. In the end it’s all about working on yourself,
nothing else. However much you work on yourself,
to that extent you start to develop. How little you work on yourself, same thing. All the lamas say nowadays, and it’s true, even His Holiness [the Dalai Lama]
just mentioned in Bodhgaya, we recite, recite and recite Om Mani Padme Hum full of faith, but then we don’t develop ourselves. Then you don’t get any results. One other thing about Buddhism that I really, really like, is that Buddhism can be approached in many ways. Because there’s 84,000 teachings,
and all of those are methods. So there are countless methods, and those different methods are directed to particular people with particular mindsets. Therefore, one thing about Buddhism is
that all these methods can be used, and the people who use them can be different people. It’s not that there’s one set of people
and this is the logic and this is how it is, it’s not like that, you know. So because there’s so many teachings
and there’s so many subjects, I always tell people who are first interested in Buddhism to capture something that really touches their heart. For some, emptiness make sense. For some, compassion makes sense. For some, impermanence makes sense. For someone who has suffered their whole life, to connect with the idea
of the Four Noble Truths make sense. So these are all things that you can learn, and whatever makes sense to you,
then you follow that. And because you follow that with some kind of feeling inside that really makes sense to you, then you start to see results. It’s not necessarily like, first you have to do this,
and then this, and then this. It’s not like that in Buddhism. Nowadays, the methods with which Westerners should approach
Buddhism, is first to study it. Not just studying it and lightly touching the topics. Nowadays a lot of people do this. They touch this topic, “Oh, not so good.” Touch that topic, “Oh, not so good.”
It shouldn’t be like that. If you really want to change yourself,
you need to give some time to it. So go and study, and you don’t have to be a Buddhist to study Buddhism, that’s also one fact. So study it and choose something that really
makes sense to you, that really touches you. Then, once you proceed into practicing
that certain subject, such as compassion, once you start to enter the path of studying and practicing that certain topic, then development naturally comes, slowly, slowly.


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