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Blind Faith versus Open Faith

Personal openness is the important thing, rather than purely living on faith. Faith can be blind or intelligent. Open faith is intelligent, being willing to include one’s confusion and one’s understanding at the same time. Blind faith is purely going by facts and figures, thinking in terms of quick results, depending on fame, reputation, and so forth. It is like saying you should read this book because this book is a best-seller. Five million copies have been sold; therefore it must be good. It is possible that five million stupid people bought it and read it. But that’s the kind of reference point followed by blind faith.

From The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation, page 39.

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