It is the Tibetan word 'gom' that is translated as meditation. But what does 'gom' actually mean? It means to habituate, to familiarize our mind with something that is positive.
Therefore, through meditation, a mind that was often stressed, that lacked concentration and clarity, that often experienced greed, jealousy, hatred, anger, and so on, can instead effortlessly remain calm, clear and focused, and naturally respond to anything with compassion, love, patience, generosity, and so forth.
Moreover, it is through meditation that our mind is woken up from its unawareness of reality, thus liberating ourselves from samsara, and further, reaching the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all.
Everybody without exception has the potential to change. Anybody who doubts this, has yet to meditate.
Faith is 'depa' in Tibetan. There are two kinds of 'depa', two kinds of faith. One is a kind of blind faith, and one is faith with understanding. Blind faith is sometimes misguided, and sometimes inspired. Inspiration or inspired faith is something like when you see somebody and you feel very inspired by that person, by that person's way of being, and you feel you should be able to trust this person. This comes intuitively. Or, sometimes it happens when you receive some instruction or teachings, or read a book and you become inspired by it. Something touches your heart. That is an inspired kind of devotion or faith.
Another faith, which from the Buddhist point of view is very important, is to understand. You understand that when you go through the teachings of the Buddha; your understanding is that this is correct. This is right. Because from whichever direction I look, I cannot see any contradiction, or difference, or something that is not right. So I feel that I deeply understand that this is the way it is and therefore it has to be like this. When you have a certain kind of clarity, when you have a strong confidence or certainty about things, then it is called faith.
Blind faith is a little bit dangerous because it can be affected by a misguided way of seeing things. From a Buddhist point of view, faith with understanding is regarded as most important, or more important. In this case, faith is that we have some understanding and some faith that it is possible for us to transform, to become better, that we can change, and change for the better.
If we have no understanding or no faith, or no belief in this, then there is no ground for practice. So the whole point is that I would like to transform. I would like to become better. I would like to end the sources of my negative emotions, negative habitual tendencies, and transform myself.
And if I can transform, others can also transform. So therefore, I cannot just take away their problems. But I can help them. So I would like to help all other people to transform. If I have certain understanding, certain confidence, and certain faith in doing this that there is a possibility to transform, then that is the right kind of faith.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche