Faith

In Zen, one critical ingredient necessary to bring about satori, or enlightenment is faith.  In Roshi Phillip Kapleau’s Three Pillars of Zen, he says it is this faith that makes Zen a religion and not just a philosophy.  You need to have faith that there actually is a satori experience to be had.  You have to believe that Buddha had that experience and countless other masters, monks and laymen have had it since. Perhaps I am gullible, but I believe them. It seems to me like a repeatable and predictable experience. That is logical, scientific faith, but faith.

This morning I was struck by the pure faith of a woman standing at a bus stop.  She was standing there patiently, along the side of the road.  Her calm, perhaps a little bored, demeanor indicated that she was quite convinced that a bus would come along and pick her up.  That is faith, pure and simple.

That is how I meditate. Patient, expectant, calm, sometimes a little bored, knowing that sooner or later enlightenment will find me.  I imagine it won’t actually happen while I am meditating, but that is my bus stop. 

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