Malcolm wrote:padma norbu wrote:
So, can you just answer the question? Would it matter to you if Zoroastrianism influenced Buddhism? If so, why?
It would not matter; but it didn't — not in any meaningful way that I can see.
That's what I thought. I agree. I don't see the influence, but it wouldn't matter to me if it did since it really doesn't mean anything if the teaching is ultimately different.
So, I'm wondering why it seems to matter to invisiblediamond, especially considering that he says he knows they are incompatible and he has said that only means an 'influence' in the same sense as the way Buddhism redefines local culture. He seemed to get upset that we weren't open-minded enough to accept this when I think we really are because we really don't care. On the other hand, he really seems to care, so why does he care? Just curious.
Anyway, fun thread. It prompted me to make this new thread: viewtopic.php?f=36&t=14924