Lama Yeshe Gyamtso offered the teaching on faith and insight at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in August 2008. In showing how those two aspects of spiritual development not only do not contradict, but in fact complement each other, he used the traditional model of the four types of faith as his outline: awe, aspiration, belief, and certainty.
The content of this teaching is best described in Lama Yeshe's own words:
"Many people have experienced, as beginners, almost a dichotomy or split between two aspects of what we regard, rightly or wrongly, as spiritual development. One aspect is the cultivation of faith and devotion-we think of that as the more emotional aspect of spirituality. The other aspect is the development of wisdom. As beginners we tend to think of that as more cognitive aspect-we try to learn; we try to understand.
The problem that beginners often describe is that sometimes it seems as though faith, as we understand it, and wisdom or insight, as we understand it, are in conflict. I do not believe that authentic faith, as taught in Buddhism, and authentic insight are in any way in conflict with one another. It will be my purpose to try to show you what little I understand or what little I have been told about why they are not in conflict."
3 DVDs, 6 hrs. & 15 min.
Lama Yeshe Gyamtso is a student of the Venerable Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. He completed two three-year retreats under the direction of Lama Norlha Rinpoche. Since then, he has served as an interpreter for many eminent Kagyu teachers, including His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Thrangu Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe serves as a translator at KTD and travels to KTD affiliate centers as translator for Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He has done a number of written translations for texts published by KTD Publications. Lama Yeshe is also a teacher in his own right. The clarity and inspirational quality of his talks is valued by both beginning and seasoned students of Buddhism.