Faith, Logic & Doubt: A Buddhist Perspective
Day course with Gen Kelsang Gomchen | 16 March 2019 | 10am – 4:30pm
“Do not accept my teachings simply because I am called Buddha” – Buddha Shakyamuni
Learn how these seemingly contradictory minds work together to produce a stable conviction in the path to happiness through our own wisdom and experience.
Many people develop aversion to religion or spiritual practice as they dislike the idea of ‘blind faith’ and can feel that such teachings do not fit with a logical way of thinking or have much direct relevance to our lives.
Within Buddhism, quite the opposite is the case! Faith is not blind but said to be like pure eyes that enable us to see beyond the suffering world that is presently appearing to us. It is a positive mental attitude that is not so much something “you either have or don’t”, but that is to be cultivated as an essential tool for mental growth through logical and personal experience of the teachings.
Likewise although doubt is often seen to be a negative in the realms of the spiritual, Buddha taught it as an essential prerequisite to discovering the truth and how we can use it to challenge our habitual ways of thinking and move towards lasting mental freedom.
This day course will explore faith, logical reasons and the process of doubting through meditation, teachings and question and answer. A fascinating and meaningful opportunity for those interested in spiritual practice as well as for those of us who are not sure!