Posted by: Upāsaka | 02/22/2015

Confusion and Faith

Recently, I have been doing a lot out reading and pondering on the Teachings and I realize just how little I understand. Where I one thought that I had a good grasp on the teaching of kamma I now think of it as only the most rough and cursory concept possible. So what had happened? Has my practice matured into what one Zen matter regretted to as “don’t know mind? ”

Frankly, the notion of ignorance,  moha or delusion being a desirable state is one which doesn’t sit well with me so I turns to take the more orthodox Theravada position that uncertainty in this regard is not a result of one’s development on the path. But,  where does this faith come from? How can I be so sure that I am following the best possible course when I don’t understand the stepsthat comprise it?

My only answer is to potent to the real changes in my own behavior as peo positions that the Theravada tradition and the teachings of the Buddha it had cariya faith are true in the sense that they are effective and produce the results to which they lay claim. So,  under such circumstances the great I can do is to try my best to deepen myunderstanding and practice the Teachingsto the best of my ability, looking full well just how easily I can fall into error.


  1. As I have the good fortune to know two priests, one Sochi zen, the other Theravada, finding you sitting with me this moment helps clarify elements in my practice as it unfolds. Likewise, draw of Theraveda’s Bhanti G and many forest school vipassana teachers often manifesting thunderclap wisdom through radical acceptance of whatever each moment delivers. How strangely zen like. . Metta. w:^D

    • Thank you for your thoughts. The more I practice, the less difference I find between the traditions.

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