Fervent devotion is the gateway to the dharma and the most important quality to possess. Without it, there is no way to gain any genuine understanding or realization of the dharma, no way to progress along the path, and no way to overcome obstacles. Devotion is a practitioner’s true wealth, the hand that harvests all accomplishments, and the wheel that speeds one to the goal. When your mind is uplifted and transformed by hearing the life stories of buddhas and saints, you experience ‘clear faith’. When you long to follow their example and achieve liberation, you have ‘yearning faith’. When certainty is born as a result of your own spiritual practice, you achieve ‘confident faith’. Finally, when faith is so much a part of your being thtat you could not renounce it even at the cost of your life, then you have ‘irreversible faith’.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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