jeeprs wrote:I don't know if that is entirely fair to him. I don't think he's 'extremist'. I think we have certain kinds of inherent understandings - archetypal forms, if you like - that respond in particular ways. I think what happened to Prof Williams is that his deep thinking about Buddhist metaphysical teaching awakened his latent Catholic archetype. I am sure he doesn't go around defaming Buddhism or campaigning against it. As I said earlier in this thread I disagree with his interpretation but I didn't get the feeling that he is 'extremist'.
Perhaps 'extremist' is too harsh. My only source is hearsay from a former academic colleague of Dr.Williams who told me that he pursued an obsessive campaign in favour of Prasangika-Madyamaka. It was widely believed at the time of his conversion to Catholicism that he was simply looking for a philosophical position whose supremacy was beyond question, after having been rather disappointed in his Prasangika campaign.