The Rinpoche has spoken well and I must add that the term 'Dharma Lite' comes to mind.
A Western practitioner once told me that he has been to so many centres where the Dharma has been diluted to unrecognizable levels and it seems that getting more butts on the seats ala 'Vegas' style were more important to some of these places than teaching and practicing the proper Dharma. If i have to earn the term 'fundamentalist' when it comes to defending the Proper Dharma, so be it. The Buddha taught the fundamentals on suffering and its cessation, so in that way....I am a 'fundamentalist'
I cringe when encountering stuff like "Yes, Jesus is a Bodhisattva!", "Buddha was Christ's Dharmakaya", "Kalama Sutta says 'Go do whatever you see fit'", 'Dona Sutta has the Buddha declaring "I am the Awakened Brahman"', "It's all the same, no need for Refuge...", "Go to Church and you find Buddha, Go to Temple and you find Christ" and the list is endless with all these dangerous and syncretist generalisations.
I guess for some it's cool to be seen toying around with a couple of belief systems and making themselves look like a Plato or walking 'Parliament of Religions' and in the end like the saying goes, "A rolling stone gathers no moss' or "Jack of all trades, master of none".
I think this is what the late Ven Master Hsuan Hua has described in his talk once:
Buddhist disciples must be complete with the Dharma-selecting Eye in order to understand what is proper Dharma and what is deviant dharma. Buddhas speak proper Dharma; demons speak deviant dharma. Simply put, proper Dharma is public-oriented and selfless; deviant dharma is selfish and self-serving.
Only when you have the wisdom to distinguish the Dharma will you possess proper knowledge and views. Regardless of the situation you face, you will see and understand that circumstance clearly. You should use true principles to differentiate right from wrong, to judge between good and evil. You're stupid when you act muddled and confused, heedlessly repeating whatever everyone else says. If you believe whatever everyone else says, lacking any ability to differentiate, you are just "drinking others' saliva." How is that meaningful? You must investigate dhyana and meditate, because with wisdom comes the Dharma-selecting Eye. That way you will know the difference between proper Dharma and deviant dharma; otherwise you will simply drift with the filthy current and ride the polluted waves. If others rush toward the hells, you run along to the hells too. Others jump into the toilet; you follow suit. You're practically a shadow. How sad! With no wisdom of your own, you mistake fish eyes for pearls. You are incapable of distinguishing between truth and falsehood, black and white, authenticity and inauthenticity. Such behavior is laughable.
When you're stupid to this degree, you mistake a robber for your son. Without your realizing it, the robber steals all your money and jewelry from right under your nose. We cultivators must recognize what is proper Dharma and what is deviant dharma. Mistaking deviant dharma for proper Dharma is as disastrous as embracing a robber as your child. This kind of behavior not only harms yourself, but also harms others. In this fashion, you cheat yourself and others. For instance, you claim that you have spiritual penetrations when you don't have any. Or you dare to say that you have attained enlightenment when in fact you haven't. In planting the causes of such big lies, you will definitely receive the retribution of falling into the Tongue-plucking Hell. All those who lie fall into this type of hell, from which there is no escape.
For example, consider the cultivator who refuses to draw near bright-eyed good advisors. Instead of asking for instructions, he shuts the door and tries to build a vehicle on his own, believing that his knowledge and views are correct. He blindly cultivates and practices alone. Without the benefit of strategic guidance, he wastes his time and enters a demonic state. This is as dangerous as a blind person riding a sightless horse along the ledge of a cliff in the middle of the night. Such foolish behavior is pitiful indeed. Furthermore, this cultivator not only refuses to repent and reform, but he even makes shameless proclamations such as: "I have obtained the mind-seal Dharma of a sage; I will become a patriarch in the future"; "I am already enlightened; I've certified to great wisdom"; "I have already attained the position of non-study"; "I am a reincarnation of Guan-yin Bodhisattva"; "I am Manjushri Bodhisattva reincarnated." He may even claim to be a reincarnation of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva, Earth Store Bodhisattva, or some other great Bodhisattva, and say, "Did you all know that?" Or he may say, "I am a great sage equal to the gods who has descended on the human realm; you should prostrate to me." He fabricates, "I've already attained the Buddha fruit and certified to annuttarasamyak-sambodhi. Shakyamuni Buddha is my Dharma brother, and Bodhidharma prostrates to me." That's absolute and laughable folly All the above lies are deviant knowledge and deviant views; there are many such examples, but I've given only a few here.
These people are all children and grandchildren of the demon king ; the retinue of Papiyan. Such egomaniacs and arrogant frauds are losers who wreck the Sangha and rebels who destroy the Buddhadharma. To guard and protect the Proper Dharma, we must expand justice, eradicate deviant theories, and knock down heresy. We must strike up our spirits and straighten up, vigorously cultivating precepts, samadhi and wisdom. Those who cultivate precepts won't strike up false thoughts; further-more, they won't go around promoting themselves. They never praise themselves or show off their cultivation so that others will respect and revere them. Genuine cultivators are not tempted by the sight of gold or beauty. In their state, ten thousand things do not obstruct them. They are said to be "thus, thus unmoving, constantly bright with understanding." People who cultivate wisdom emit a light of wisdom that illuminates every place, turning ignorance into brightness. Without afflictions, worries and bitterness, you attain a sense of ease and liberation. When you perfect these three studies of non-outflow, naturally all three poisonous fires of greed, hatred and stupidity are completely extinguished. Thus, the demon king's deviant knowledge and deviant views, his ridiculous assertions and inexplicable statement s will naturally be expelled and destroyed without attacks or arguments.
So, my question is: as Buddhists, are we clear on the Buddha's Path? Or have we allowed ourselves into a spinning confusion? Personally, I do try not to mix my own personal opinions with that of the Dharma. I may state all I want and as how I want, but it does not mean that that is the stand taken by the Buddha Dharma.
Somehow, Right View is sitting on top of the Noble Eightfold Path totem for a good reason.
If one's Right View is skewed, what is there left to speak of our practice?
The Buddha wasn't merely another moral or 'feel good' teacher.
He was intent on procuring the Path of Final Liberation and when He got it, He taught it to those who were keen on walking the same Path. Of course, if Final liberation and Bodhicitta wasn't on one's mind, by all means, any path is feasible.
But that is not what the Buddha intended. Sure, one may spend another aeon or aeons going round it but why all the pain and hardwork when the Path is already shown to you now?
This excerpt is interesting:
…on the true goal of all Buddhist practice:
In the West, the need for some guidance in mind-development was made acute... by a sudden spate of books which were, whatever the motive of their authors, dangerous in the extreme.
No word was said in them of the sole right motive for mind-development, the enlightenment of the meditator for the benefit of all mankind, and the reader was led to believe that it was quite legitimate to study and practice mindfulness, and the higher stages which ensue, for the benefit of business efficiency and the advancement of personal prestige.
In these circumstances, Concentration and Meditation, ... was compiled and published by the [British] Buddhist Society, with constant stress on the importance of right motive, and ample warning of the dangers, from a headache to insanity, which lie in wait for those who trifle with the greatest force on earth, the human mind.(Christmas Humphreys, The Buddhist Way of Life, p. 100.)