dharmagoat wrote:It is a genuine enquiry as to why you would automatically reject criticism of buddhism and condemn the critic. Is it necessary to defend the dharma so absolutely?
I don't automatically reject criticism of Buddhism. I think many times you will see me criticising aspects of Buddhism. The Dharma on the other hand does not need defending. Does the sun need to be defended from clouds? The ocean defended from waves? What I object to is people attacking one -ism and validating their attack based on the perceived superiority of another -ism. Everybody always considers their -ism superior to the -ism of the other. But to convince me people have to come up with something a lot better than "my -ism is bigger than your -ism". Anybody that resorts to this sort of logic merely betrays their lack of penetration into realising the view. (yes, of course that goes for me as well, I am under no delusion about my capactities).
Malcolm tried to express this realisation, but unfortunately his expression generated more dualism rather than reduced it. Why? Did the medium fail him? I mean the interent is very two dimensional, it makes communication very difficult. Not exactly the best medium for expressing the subtlety and nuance of realisation. Are people (on both sides of the fence) too entrenched in their dualism to understand what he was trying to say? Maybe his realisation was not as deep and stable as he thought it was? etc... I am sure it is a combination of all these and other factors that lead us to where we are now. That is why I am still defending Buddhism as a viable means to realisation of ones true nature, because, for all its flaws, it still is. The diamond is still buried there in the muck. For those that are willing to dig the rewards for their effort will materialise.
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master