Painting of Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche seated on a moon lotus, with vajra, skullcup, khatvanga staff, blue lotuses, vulture feather hat, 7 robes,Tibetan Thangka, 8th Century Saint, from a shop in Bodha, Kathmandu, Nepal

In speaking of religion we hear the phrase “blind faith”. Having your eyes closed, being deluded, is certainly not a desirable thing. But do we see our own “blind faith”?  Our faith in the material world, the faith we place in what we are taught about achieving happiness in it: the blind simplicity of things we believe.
The Dharma points to our blindness. It speaks to us and says “in your analysis, in your beliefs, have you included the fact that everything changes, that you will grow old and sick and die. That you will lose all you love and that all your explanations for this truth have no foundation or proof whatsoever.
It is for this reason that we must strive to awaken.
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