... it was really just an accurate documentary about how Christians were spreading their propaganda in Mongolia, mainly by creating local Christian TV channels.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE9YvtuhY70
Basically a fair and balanced presentation (so we know it wasn't from Fox) - people do have the right to pursue the faith of their choice. The prosperity religion pushed by some Christians is not so different from the prosperity strain in Buddhism. In general creating virtue and purifying negativities produces positive samsaric results.
But painting people as poor because they are Buddhists and other people as rich because they are Christians or Jews ( - ah where to find poor Jews - how about Brooklyn, Yemen and Israel? Anywhere where one has Jewish people there are also poor people just like in any group) is misleading as pointed out and is raw propaganda.
The strategy employed by the Christian youth groups is no different from that employed here in the US by Christian youth outreach groups. Belongingness, newness, escaping problems, teenage experimentation and real true faith all play a role here.
On the TV thing - most Asians (and it seems Mongols are no exception to this) are faith followers (where westerners can become faith followers usually after much meditation although some westerners are faith followers from the beginning). There's not a problem with this. But seeing Buddhism as stepped in superstition on several levels is not an uncommon statement. Basically Buddhism has not been explained much to many younger adherents and this is the problem. So there is a place for Buddhist TV to rectify this.
Our planet has survived the 20th century - a century of blood that saw the murder of some 1/4 - 1/2 billion people and the clear attempt to exterminate Judaism and Buddhism. The world needs virtue and wisdom and this is found in all the world's religions. I think that basically people who are in the different family of faiths are being sorted out by the natural expansion of world wide communication and the spread of religious teaching worldwide. So in this there is probably not much to really be concerned about. Mongolia will end up over the next 100 years more like Korea with respect to major faith in the society. Hopefully there will be no tension between them. As I have said before I think Mongolia is very important to the future of the Dharma worldwide.
However I'm also saddened to be sure. I was supposed to go to Mongolia to teach English to monks and lay Buddhists last year but fell into extreme financial difficulty and was unable to do so. A lama had specifically asked for a western Buddhist who could teach English and I was interviewed by him. With these difficulties I have let people down. Now I'm still in difficulty but my family has been helping me and they will not understand if I just hop up and go to Mongolia after the financial crisis has resolved.
I asked a western Buddhist monk friend who had worked for several years in Mongolia and he said that the Christian missionaries, and esp. the Koreans, were very aggressively proselytizing there.
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