Seishin wrote:His style of writing reminds me of someone else I've bumped into on a different forum. His critique doesn't seem thought out very well and sounds more like evangelism and sectarian.
Indeed! Jikai is very generous in using the term "critique" for this kind of polemic. To me, it seems very defensive. For context: Shomon Trans has a well-known Tendai center near Copenhagen, with branch sanghas elsewhere in Denmark. After Ole Nydahl, she is likely the most prominent Buddhist teacher in the country. One wonders if Mr. Fessel might be attempting to lift himself up by bringing others down?
This person is identified elsewhere on that webpage as the author:https://www.facebook.com/jan.fessel.50?ref=tn_tnmn
I don't object to critique. This incompetent stuff passing as critique is problematic, because it doesn't help anyone learn.
Here's more information on Mr Fessel, courtesy of Seishin's wits and google:http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=6706
Great River Tendai Sangha: a Tendai Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, USA (near Washington, DC):