Malcolm wrote:Seems a little strange to be biased against those whom one would consider your coreligionists. So why do you have a slight bias against Buddhists and what is it?
Because Buddhism is a very human religion subject to the same corruption and opportunism you find in any other human organization. If you look at the history of Buddhism you can constantly see the eight worldly dharmas at work in the development of institutions, policies and even doctrine. The more I travel, research and experience, especially around Buddhist Asia, the more I see how Buddhists, even those we put on pedestals, are generally quite fallible regardless of their ideals and practice. There are a few pearls among the fish eyes, sure, but they're rare and usually behind the scenes.
I have a lot of faith in the Buddhadharma, which I think is not the same as the organized human religion(s) we call Buddhism.
I don't put much faith in ordinary people, and the vast majority of Buddhists are ordinary people. Hence the bias.