I don't think I really disagree with anything you say. However, the point I was trying to make is that as far as I can tell all
of us have studied various suttas, supplemented by various amounts of ancient and modern commentary and personal interactions with various teachers.
We have all
attempted to put it what we have learned into practise. We all
genuinely feel that we are practising what the Buddha was pointing to and are all
doing the best that we can each personally do to make sense of the message and apply it.
The great thing about a Forum such as this is that we can rapidly access knowledge from others who have more experience, experience with different teachers, different tradition, different reading material. Many times that has saved me quite a lot of time and effort, and I am very grateful for this.
However, I find it extremely disheartening when some members insist that if I doesn't subscribe to the particular understanding of the Dhamma that they have at their current state of development then I am practising wrongly. Of course, it is quite possible (perhaps even likely) that they are correct, and that I will change my mind in the future. In fact, since I am not yet an Ariya, I expect
my view and my understanding of the Suttas to change as my practise deepens. So telling me that my current practise and view is wrong is at best a gross oversimplification, because the views and understandings are not static, but developing.
I have never
encountered this attitude in real life. When I meet people who follow different methods or teachers we exchange notes and discuss our experiences. Different teachers will express their opinion on what they think will work best, but in real life I've never been told that I'll be wasting my time unless I subscribe to one out of the several possible interpretations of Dependent Origination.
[Of course, in addition, a good teacher will evaluate where the student is and what s/he needs at that point and not confuse him/her with things that are over her/his head...]
In summary, I'm please that we can exchange
ideas on this Forum. I'm just confused why some insist that it is crucial for others to immediately change
their ideas to match theirs.