Simon E. wrote:A couple of simple straightforward questions.
Why are so many people so exercised by the opinions of Stephen Batchelor ?
Why has he become a bete noir for so many ?
People grasp and cling to the safety of their convictions.
Buddhist are not exempt from this.
Doing so helps to affirm the experience of a 'self'
even when, intellectually,
they deny a self.
In practice, they still assert it.
"I am a good Buddhist and good Buddhists believe such and such. The end."
But when that cozy comfort zone is invaded
and the things we grasp onto are challenged,
and the invader becomes somewhat famous,
the ego is threatened, and out of attachment, people strike back.
And the more that one's beliefs are grounded in pure faith,
rather than in critical thinking, and wisdom,
the more threatened they become.
And the less they are motivated by compassion,
the stronger is their reaction.
Instead of letting go of attachment,
they become more attached, thinking that they are becoming less attached.
You see it all the time.
But Buddha would be a weenie
if he turned his back on skeptics.
On the other hand,
the more you try to leave your comfort zone,
the bigger it gets.