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Faith and Unbelief in the context of Zen Buddhism?

November 23rd, 2013 · Posted by Hugo · 2 Comments

Plum Village in France is a Buddhist meditation center. I stumbled over a post titled 51 Mental Formations which is simply a set of lists: “Universals”, “Particulars”, “Wholesome”, “Unwholesome” and “Indeterminate” mental formations. Being tagged with “trancription”, my guess is that it is material covered in a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh?

What particularly caught my attention this evening, was that it lists “unbelief” and “lack of faith” as unwholesome – something heard regularly and strongly within fundamentalist Christian circles as well. What it provides, for me, is another example of the breadth of meaning of “faith”, and the meaning of “unbelief”, which is surely at odds with the fundamentalist Christian stereotype for those concepts.

I truly believe to fully appreciate the value and meaning of faith to humanity, and the reasons why “unbelief” references a concept that is harmful to a human, it is necessary to consider the greater diversity of human spirituality and the value it brings to our lives. And for context, I consider humanism to be relevant to this discussion, also a spiritual tradition of sorts.

I don’t have much to add at this point, I’m effectively saving the link for future reference. But simply to “go mediate” on the mental formations mentioned, I suspect, may already provide some insights.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kagiso Chitonho // Feb 7, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Huo. Do u mind sending me ur email address, or smewhere else I cn cntact u. Mine is kchitonho@yahoo.co.uk

  • 2 Hugo // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I’m quite curious what you want to contact me about, so I’ll probably send you an email when I’m back from the weekend.

    Are you perhaps on Facebook, Twitter or Google+? (I’m wondering about the possibility of using an alternative communication medium, rather than email.)

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