Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | March 23, 2018

The Logic of Faith, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, March 19, 2018

“The wisdom of pratityasamutpada, or dependent arising functions like a portal into a completely new way of understanding your mind and it’s world, based on direct experience.” Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Buddhist author and teacher explains this early Buddhist teaching, as well as offers guided meditations in her newly released book published by Shambhala Publications. Through the Eyes of Women host Danielle Orr and Elizabeth then go on to talk about faith, as Elizabeth believes faith is a topic which is in desperate need of examination.

From Elizabeth’s website: You could call me an author and a Buddhist teacher, but in truth, I am just asking myself questions about the human condition out loud. I see myself more as a student – always learning, fiercely probing, fascinated with the challenges of being human and the great potential for awakening.

I often stop and ask myself: “Who am I to teach this profound and vast tradition that has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage from the time of the Buddha?” I don’t mean this in a self-effacing way, but rather as a way of being honest with myself about where I am with my study and practice. I feel a sense of humility and awe in the face of these teachings. I can recognize my own limitations and also the vastness of my own potential, and I am grateful to see both.

Elizabeth has been guided by her teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, who descends from a pure lineage of the Dzogpa Chenpo Longchen Nyingtik tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Elizabeth has an academic background in both Anthropology and Buddhist Studies, but her learning is also grounded in practice. After many years of solitary retreat, Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as Retreat Master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in southern Colorado. Elizabeth is also the author of The Power of An Open Question.

On this edition of Through the Eyes of Women, The Logic of Faith, A Buddhist Approach To Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt. elizabethmattisnamgyel.com for teaching schedule and more information.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: Logic of Faith 3.19.18


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