A simple faith is trusting the heart knows how to love. The heart knows how to love for the sake of love and not for want or reward. To love for love, joyfully, like a child wanting to wash dishes with a parent even when the child can barely lift the dish; this is the simple faith embedded in every heart.
To prevent and relieve pain and suffering, love is the most important way. Love so blind that it could lead one into the arms of persecutors and crucifiers and forgive them. When forgiveness come to the heart, no reason is satisfactory, and more importantly, no reason is necessary. This realization is the Christmas blessing I received this year.
In Tibet there are many stories about sublime beings, highly accomplished masters, who did things like left their hand print in stone, or left their hand prints for a long time on the top of a body of water. And these types of feats are usually described as miracles. But really they’re not miracles, they’re teachings from these masters about the power everyone has. The masters do not do these things just to trick us, or just as illusions, in which they cause our eyes to become confused and we see this certain perception, rather these masters are teaching us about the nature of the connection between the outer world and our minds. These “miracles” are demonstrations of the powerful connection that exists between our own mind and the world, and how if we have a very powerful heart full of love, this can actually change the world in very vivid ways, it can change the shape of what we see, it can change something thats hard and impenetrable into something thats soft and malleable, so thats what the real meaning is behind these things we call miracles, so we need to think deeply about how we can do this. – 17th Karmapa