Rael wrote:your post made me feel like you belittle everyone tackling this outside of Buddhism..like it is exclusive and is somehow owned by Buddhist Control...
This has nothing at all to do with belittling non-Buddhist traditions or asserting that Buddhism somehow owns the nature of reality itself or the subtle anatomy of the human body. That is not at all what is being asserted.
being asserted is that Buddhism has its own
ideas about the self, the nature of reality, and the subtle anatomy of the human body, and other religions have their own
ideas about these things. Buddhism has its own
ideas about what constitutes liberation from our present condition and the ultimate fruit of the spiritual journey, and other religions have their own
ideas about these things. So this whole discussion is apples and oranges. Buddhism has its own ideas and its own methods to work within its own paradigm and other traditions have their own paradigms and methods to work with them. If you tried to tell Christians, Hindus, Pagans, Jews, Muslims, etc that their beliefs are ultimately the same as Buddhists' and that there's no difference between our paths, you'd meet with some strong dissent and possibly some anger at the misrepresentation of their beliefs and approaches.