Someone asked, “Our minds take refuge in religion. According to Buddhist scripture, “Faith is the source of morality and virtues, nurturing within us all that is good.” Therefore, as Buddhists, we must show our faith by treating Buddha and the sangha with respect, discreet manner and sincere devotion. But how do we develop faith?
The Master answers:
Apart from having solid faith in our great teacher Buddha, we should also seek refuge spiritually in Buddha. If we follow what Buddha teaches us, we will have refuge when we pass on. For instance, we believe souls live on after the death our bodies, the soul will get reincarnated according to its karma. As I have often said, we did not bring anything into this world when we were born, and nothing can be taken with us when we die, except our karma.
A religious belief guides us in our everyday lives, this is the best kind of life because we would not be panic when we come to the final moment of our lives. A healthy person without a religious belief or have not learned about religion usually feels lost in life. If we have a religious belief when death is approaching, we would not feel panic because the seeds of good cause are planted in our consciousness. We also have the support from people of the same faith around us to cultivate this seed of kindness together.