Huseng wrote: Spiritual seekers, I think, tend to be gullible and not sufficiently critical.
All that one can really say is that some are, and some aren't.
Huseng wrote: When you read statements about how you shouldn't judge others or how you should "empty your cup", it only opens the door for avoidable abuse.
1. This isn't necessarily what opens that door.
2. It may open the door to very good things, and more often than not, this seems to be the case.
What you are saying that a teaching which encourages a person to let their guard down,
or to abandon rational thinking, or critical thinking is bad.
This conclusion is arrived at by looking at the examples of persons who became victims,
and determining that what caused their victimization is that they abandoned critical thinking,
became sort of mindless devotees, or were discouraged from questioning their teachers actions.
Fair enough. It may be something that these victims all shared in common.
My question is, is the source of this (abuse) the vulnerability (gullibility) of the victim,
or what has been referred to here as a Buddhist "Myth" (dharma transmission, etc.)
or simply the actions of two or three teachers?
And, I think, your assertion is that it is the "myth" which is the culprit.
But I think this is a backwards approach, for reasons I have explained.
I think the victims would be victims in any variety of situations,
because their vulnerability and gullibility is already a quality they carry with them,
and the perpetrators (of abuse) would be perpetrators even if they had never heard of Buddhism.
The fact that they meet at a Zendo or whatever, is unfortunate
but really has little to do with the actual cause and effect.
to matter more than it does, merely because of where it occurs.
Since abuse in a dharma context is especially repugnant to Buddhists,
it is natural to see some aspect of that context (the "myth") as more significant than it actually is.