The Difficulty of Formless Faith

as an attempted Buddhist i am always defending to the uninitiated about the faith that is central to the practice. most people fail to see the faith of the philosophy because it is not embodied by a personification of ultimate purpose. and so i must explain that its faith is found in rationality and understanding, which most people get and respect.

the two may sound radically different, but they have this in common: my faith is just as fleeting, distant and intangible. it takes work to believe.

for instance, i am going through one of the most painful moments of my life, but I am forced to ask myself, do i deserve this? did i bring this upon myself? is my karma really that bad? either way the answer is not pretty and is testing my faith sorely.

i have suffered a crisis of faith like this before: it was quite awhile ago, i was running a rave promotion company of sorts. after our last event (which ended in disaster) I found myself broke and without much support. everything that could go wrong, did.

my faith, my hope in the world just evaporated. what, i thought to myself does a person have to do? i felt that i had tried to do good, but nothing seemed to be coming back to me. i know that may sound selfish, but what can i say? i believed in justice. in a just world, why would so many bad things happen to good people?

the answer is, of course, that the world is not just. there is no purpose. there is no reason. we are just stuck on this ball of rock and gas. blessed and cursed all in the same breath. no one to answer to. no one to answer us.

work in progress…

3 Responses to “The Difficulty of Formless Faith”

  1. J-Ro Says:

    Hang in there! Your thoughts on faith are moving. One of our writers, Ish, just wrote on faith as well, and I think you might be interested: http://www.theseminal.com/2007/07/23/im-not-spiritual-im-religious/

  2. Administrator Says:

    Thanks J-Ro. I am always surprisingly energized by the encouragement of far away friends and cohorts. I’ll be sure to check out Ish’s article as well.

    Again, thanks for sending a comment.

  3. Rob Says:

    Of the 300 million there are many out there that share many of the same ideals about justice, truth and honesty as you and I. Big C your energy is not wasted. These people have yet to be reached. Keep posting we hear you.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.