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The Logic of Faith

  • Dharma Mati Berlin Soorstraße 85 14050 Berlin Germany (map)

The Logic of Faith looks into how we tend to seek comfort in ideas, even though they can’t provide real comfort. Elizabeth beautifully illuminates the possibility of getting free from the prison of our ideas, by softening into uncertainty and developing real faith. A rich and helpful book.

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love


Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand--but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look carefully, we'll discover that the faith impulse isn't separate from reason at all--faith and logic in fact work together in a playful and dynamic relationship that reveals the profoundest kind of truth--a truth beyond the limits of "is" and "is not." Using the traditional Buddhist teachings on dependent arising, Elizabeth leads us on an experiential journey to discover the essential interdependence of everything--and through that thrilling discovery to open ourselves to the whole wonderful range of human experience.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the buddhadharma for more than thirty years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose books she has edited. Retreat master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling in Southern Colorado, she teaches extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is also the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom.


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