Username, what List? You are seriously off the deep end....what the Karmapa has to do with Malcolm's statement about Dzogchen is beyond me. It's clear, of course, what Karmapa has to do with me, for anyone who knows me or has followed me, here at Dharma Wheel or elsewhere, and your mention of His Holiness in this context is clearly meant to be some sort of "chastisement" of my words or position. Ridiculous.
Username, for the record, the Dalai Lama himself, whom His Holiness Orgyen Tinley Dorje reveres, has recently stated that "religion," as institution(s), is no longer adequate. I am positive His Holiness Orgyen Tinley Dorje agrees with this position.
I also believe this position is reflective of what Malcolm has been saying. Do you find fault with His Holiness The Dalai Lama's position? (See, two can play at this game, eh?)
Let me be crystal clear: My position is that the Truth, salvific awareness, whatever you want to call it, is the central nature and right of all sentient beings, not merely Buddhists. I believe Buddhism, as a system of practices, or rather Dharma as found in "Buddhism"-to use Malcolms' distinction, is the best path for me. I also see and understand the value of conventional, institutional religious structures, organizations, etc., including that of CNNR, who, it must be said, has developed quite a unique institution. But the value of such things is not "adequate," to borrow a word, if it does not stress the primacy of salvific awareness. To the extent that "religious institutions" help foster awakening sentient beings to that salvific awareness, I am happy to support "religions." However, I have no compunction criticizing institutions, including religions, who promote elitism, greed, selfishness, conformity, blind faith/belief, wrong views, etc.
Regarding your "tangent:" I also, for the record, have faith and confidence in His Holiness Orgyen Tinley Dorje. But I have issues with the "Tulku System" as well. These two statements do not contradict each other in the slightest. Do you understand this?
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