username wrote:In your posts as we see here in this thread you are basically resuming to attack religion yet again in general and in specific major religions and making a even more specific target of Buddhism and Vajrayana. That is what the content of your posts are, attacking religions mainly Buddhism. All in the name of your new personal self made religion.
Most people who know me do not know I am a Buddhist except a very few or even suspect I am religious, far from it. However even ordinary people would say you and your few supporters here are actually very religious people in every possible way as you appear. Yet attacking the banner of the same religion you have protection under and enjoy the fruits of yet deny. Absurd.
I think you're not getting what Malcolm is saying, Username. In my opinion....
Religions are expedient means. They're "Rafts," as Buddha famously said. No need to carry the raft over miles of dry land, after you've crossed the river.
Even CNNR's organization is a "raft," of course. And yes, some people cling to "Dzogchen" as a raft, and would rather paddle around out there in the middle of the river, because they're so enamored of the raft. (CNNR's students, some of them, will quickly point out that those who do, are missing the essential point....) You know, if you are attached to riding on a raft, then pretty soon you're outfitting your raft with sleeping quarters, a toilet, a kitchen, and after awhile you've got a houseboat. You may have forgetting the purpose of the raft, or even altered the purpose, you know?
Malcolm is quite rightly pointing out the difference between a "belief system" and an "experiential approach." If one leaves one's Buddhism as a collection of concepts, rituals, ceremonies, and doctrine, then of course one will eventually come into conflict with some other religious tradition(s). But if one recognizes expediency for what it is, and grasps the main point, all such conflicts are thrown into a different perspective, one that recognizes the relative value of such expediencies.
There is value, make no mistake, in the expediencies. I don't think Malcolm denies that.