Great responses here, thanks.
One issue that seems glaring to me is when choosing Buddhism specifically (and this applies to almost all other faiths/religions), we are still choosing our own interpretation (picking and choosing) of the teachings. Even "Buddhists" can't all agree on what Buddhism teaches. Often, even people within the same tradition of Buddhism can't agree on the teachings. The reason is it all comes back to our own perception and interpretation. Even the teachers of the past that have helped make a specific tradition what it is today had their own interpretations of those teachings, hence different schools and branches under those schools.
Again, I don't see an issue with using knowledge from any and all traditions to help someone along their spiritual path. As always, I respect the beliefs of them and the folks here, and I appreciate the thoughtful discussion.
i agree with you, and it is only right to respect others beliefs. when we begin to judge other people and other religions there is no end to it. i had two christian friends that belonged to the pentecostal religion, but the one friend would always try to say the other, even though they had the same beliefs. that is how far it can go. we are all on our own path, and it will take some of us longer to get there than others. for all i know a christian mystic might get there before a buddhist.
Well the problem with Buddhists is they are too aggressive especially the ones on this forum.
the problem is that being anon behind a computer can often change people's behavior, and this goes for any religious forum. we are all only human, and as humans we err.