Levels of Faith
There are different levels of faith. First, "clear faith"
refers to the joy and clarity and change in our perceptions that
we experience when we hear about the qualities of the Three Jewels
and the lives of the Buddha and the great teachers. "Longing
faith" is experienced when we think about the latter and
are filled with a great desire to know more about their qualities
and to acquire these ourselves. "Confident faith" comes
through practicing the Dharma, when we acquire complete confidence
in the truth of the teachings and the enlightenment of the Buddha.
Finally, when faith has become so much a part of ourselves that
even if our lives were at risk we could never give it up, it has
become "irreversible faith."
--H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, in: The Excellent Path to
translated by The Padmakara Translation Group, published by
Publications, Ithaca, N.Y.
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