Chaz wrote:Why bother, to prove you're "right" or some other equally pointless excercise?
I can think of 2 reasons:
1. Intellectual honesty: if they are not able to back it up with sources, and they publish their works, then they should be prepared for the critiques of others. This is simply a review process.
2. Dharma: to me, Buddhism is a salvific path. If one is to profit from it, one needs to understand at least its basic principles correctly. I am not an enlightened master, but it does not take an enlightened person to understand the basic premises of the religion since it is easily understood from the sutras. To me, to point out the errors of others when they write about the basic premise of Buddhism is not pointless.
Chaz wrote:Of course they "should", however, out here in the real world, a lot of people don't care about that sort of thing.
I think a lot of people do, which is why people bother to write reviews and give their opinion on things.
Chaz wrote:But if believing that gives them peace and a sense of fullfillment, I'm not going to rock that boat and niether should you. What other's believe doesn't affect my practice or yours. If their beliefs offend, that's my problem and not theirs.
It's not only just about "me". From time to time, I find it necessary and/or helpful to correct what I see as erroneous in various things - a co-worker doing a process wrong, a classmate misunderstanding the requirements of a paper, etc. We don't even need to go into high-minded speech about Bodhisattvic deeds - this is just being helpful in pointing out mistakes that others may make so that they don't make it again, mostly for their sake.
Do not throw out critical thinking just because you want to be nice. In many ways this is more harmful than speaking the truth.
Chaz wrote:Well what you said in a previous post is that people who don't adhere to your particular view of orthodox Buddhism can't call themselves Buddhists and ....
My goodness. I am not talking about gathering a mob, going to their house and burning it down. I am talking about people who should not misrepresent a teaching/religion/philosophy. It is the same as I say people should not call themselves vegetarians if they still eat cows.
How persistent it is, this demand that our gods be perfect. The Greeks were much more reasonable about such things.