Astus wrote:Adamantine wrote:academic gibberish. why are you quoting it?
It fits well the situation. Those arguing for a decline also posit their form of Buddhism as appropriate for this rotten age. So it is more a rhetorical device than anything else, as it has been used as such for a long time now in Buddhism.
Please use examples of "those arguing for a decline". Even the framework you derive from this nonsense is not accurate: who is arguing with who? This doesn't reflect the examples I am familiar with. . In general the predictions end with the Dharma completely disappearing from the world system, not one superior system of Dharma conquering all. -- If realized masters such as Guru Rinpoche made predictions and left terma for example as appropriate teachings and practice for our present time, you can look at this in the cynical view of a non-practitioner with their own subjective spin for the purposes of sounding smart and keeping a cohesive and aloof thesis- or you can faithfully look with the view of a realized being whose only motivation is to benefit beings of the three times, informed by wisdom awareness. How is the former useful for Dharma, and why would one have faith in that view other than that it may reflect one's own predilection for cynical (or pseudo-optimistic) materialism?