A Non-Theistic Definition of Faith?

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on Jan 11, 2010
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meister eckhart

Chogyam Trungpa + Meister Eckhart = QotD.

Chogyam Trungpa:

Buddha in your heart is a symbol of faith: you could be immaculate and perfect, as perfect as Shakyamuni Buddha himself. That
possibility already exists in you.

In this case, faith has nothing to do with praying to somebody. Faith is a sense of dignity.The Christian mystic Meister Eckhart talks about faith in the sense of being awake: being present and mindful and aware of the situation.

Faith is seeing things as they are—whatever that might be—precisely, directly, and without any hesitation.


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3 Responses to “A Non-Theistic Definition of Faith?”

  1. Greg says:

    The mystics of all faiths appear to be able to sit in the same room in a state of compassionate co-dependence while those who cling to icons seek to trample one another.

    Chogyam Trungpa and Meister Eckhart, interesting pairing.

    The book The Gethsemani Encounter chronicles an interesting meeting between contemporary Buddhist and Christian monastics. The retreat was inspired by the life of the late Thomas Merton and first conceived at Naropa during a visit by the Dalai Lama.

  2. Wonderful words, thank you! It's just about being present.

  3. This is a subject that's deeply interesting to me.

    It seems each of the major religions has a branch that hold views quite similar to early Buddhism and Yoga-Christian mystics like Eckhart and Merton, Jewish Kabbalists, The Muslim Sufis like Rumi, etc.

    These views are also shared by modern "New Age" universalists like Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle (who named himself after Meister Eckhart above) and Eknath Easwaren. See:

    "Pure Yoga by Another Name–Chopra, Tolle and Easwaran" http://wp.me/plUox-mG

    I would love to see more articles to help us all understand these connections. Or perhaps there have been other Elephant articles about this that you could tell us about. I've got Merton, Meister Eckhart, Tolle, Rumi, Chopra and others on my reading list. Any other suggestions welcome.


    Bob Weisenberg