Hsin Shin Ming: “70. Faith is non-dual and non-duality is faith.”
When you don’t know the object of your faith, you believe in Buddha without knowing what He is, which is duality since there is you the believer and there is the Buddha, the object of your faith. Believing that you are separate and different from Buddha means that you are still being deluded by the illusion of Buddha. Put in another way, to worship Buddha without seeing Him is to be enslaved by an illusion created by your imagination.
However, when you realise that you are one with Buddha, the true-Self, you become faith itself. Then, faith is non-dual. This is true faith. You should remember that the purpose of Buddhism is not to teach people how to ask Buddha for help but to teach them that they are Buddha itself. So, the faith you can have is not true faith, but the faith that is you is true faith.
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