When the Dharma and one’s being have truly mingled, then there is perfect faith. Faith also implies aspiration, a sense of longing. When we long to become very rich, for example, we do everything necessary, undergo great hardship, and expend a lot of energy to achieve this goal. The same is true for wishing to become famous or to acheive any other worldly goal: if our aspiration and determination are strong enough, we will manage to achieve what we want. This is a very powerful quality. Similarly, with faith there is a strong motivation and wish to achieve something, and a natural understanding of the drawbacks of not having this sort of aspiration. When faith has become truly blended with one’s mind and become part of it, then one’s Dharma practice naturally becomes genuine and pure. This is what is meant by the “perfect Dharma.” This clear aspiration to practice the Dharma is what we call faith.
From Zurchungpa’s Testament by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Today we honor the parinirvana of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.