Coming back to the original question from the OP, IMHO there are those who do have 'fundamentalist' (in the negative sense of the word) tendencies in Buddhism. For example there are those Mahayanist who insist that Theravada teachings contain no merit as they are "lower", and there are plenty of Theravadins who insist that the Mahayana etc has nothing to do with the Buddha's actual teachings. In this case both parties have a very narrow view, and even worse deny that the Buddha had the capacity to teach different methodologies appropriate for different needs.
Rather than examining carefully if the teachings they criticize contain the true fundamentals
of Buddha's teaching (eg Four Noble Truths, Four Seals etc), they just slam it because it's different.
Thanks. It just seems really strange to me. I guess that is because such an attitude, of needing
to be right, to be the one who practices the 'only true' teachings seems like such an ego trip. There is an old saying, all rivers eventually lead to the ocean.
A well-known zen poem By Seng-t'san 'On Believing In Mind'
sums it up so well:
(translation by D.T. Suzuki)
"To set up what you like against what you dislike--
This is the disease of the mind:
When the deep meaning [of the Way] is not understood
Peace of mind is disturbed to no purpose. "
..actually, I think the whole poem expresses a realization of great openness. Another satanza reads:
"Transformations going on in an empty world which confronts us
Appear real all because of Ignorance:
Try not to seek after the true,
Only cease to cherish opinions. "
I find that the more narrow-minded people are, the more defensive they get. They speak harshly, full of spite and resentment. It just seems strange to me that this is so common among Buddhists.
What are people clinging to?