The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt

“In her book The Logic of Faith, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel presents the central Buddhist principle of pratityasamutpada, or dependent arising, in a way that is completely original. I appreciate how she successfully combines the spirit and authenticity of the Buddha’s teachings with the language and mind-set of the twenty-first century. Hers is not merely a conceptual understanding but reflects insight that has emerged from many years of serious study and practice.

Pratityasamutpada is a subtle but powerful teaching that lies at the heart of all the Buddha’s teachings, transcending time and culture. Always relevant, because it is the key to gaining insight into the nature of how things are beyond dogma and beliefs, pratityasamutpada leads to a full understanding of all one needs to know. As Nagarjuna said, “One who knows dependent arising knows the dharma; one who knows the dharma knows dependent arising.”

I have known Elizabeth for a long time, as a student and as my wife. She has a magnificent, open, and curious mind, which never ceases to look into everything. She loves the teachings on pratityasamutpada—that is clear—and her longing to share her enthusiasm with others in this book is evident. I have watched the teachings of pratityasamupada come to life in her, fulfilling her aspiration to be able to rest in wonderment of the nature of phenomena and the clear light of wisdom. This is surely the result of understanding the profound wisdom of interdependent origination, the nature of all things, which has no substantial reality whatsoever.

I hope this book will contribute to the authentic dharma taking root in the West so that genuine wisdom dawns in all who seek it.”

~ Foreword by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche