Tewi wrote:As far as I know, Mr. Batchelor is a sincere Buddhist who has had the courage to honestly critique the central assumptions of his own faith. It is true that most Buddhist authorities are more conservative, doctrinaire types (who would not otherwise have risen to become authorities). At the same time, Buddhism has not customarily been a religion centered around articles of faith, as Christianity is, and it would be unusual for a Buddhist group to judge its members according to conformity with a list of credal articles. In fact, this mindset may represent as much of a Western influence as the postmodern, critical turn which Batchelor represents.
no-one can speak to Batchelor's sincerity except himself. what can be assessed is his activity, and you'll find a wealth of discussion on that subject on this thread. personally, i doubt Batchelor represents anything like you describe - certainly not actively. his own preoccupations have luckily coincided with a popular theme in the culture he's in, that's all.
from the point of view of Buddhism's successful transmission to the West - a project that is still ongoing - he has been damaging, since he's actively campaigning to have that transmission limited. he should certainly not be stopped, or pilloried or otherwise inhibited. he should just be understood for what he is.