I never said that i would be the missionary. these activities should be done by an organization, not by a single person. i know about the kali yuga, but i think world "destiny" can be changed by positive human activity.TrimePema wrote: ↑Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:22 am You are trying to change karma without having the proper skills to help people. How do you know you will not harm them?
Your idea of "missionary" is really best understood in terms of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and their skills - which maybe you are or are not familiar with. Firstly, you should know, it is enough for people to make a good connection with the Dharma in this life. Secondly, you should know, this is, within Buddhism, an age of degeneration. Thirdly, you should know, what matters is not how many people are "buddhist" but how many are progressing on the paths and stages. As for which spiritual path is closer to the truth, the world doesnt work in such a way where anyone can simply debate another philosophy because people overcomplicate the subject matter. For example, you are speaking about statistics which are irrelevant to the goal of Buddhism and whether or not Buddhism persists in this specific world is also simply a matter of the merit of the beings who inhabit it and not a matter of the existential binary value of "Buddhism or No Buddhism."
You are failing to account for the Buddhist cosmology which entails many other worlds in similar and different states of degeneration or the time of Buddha and so on.
Your evaluation of what is happening on the surface level of what you call reality is not based on a scale undergirded by the understanding that each sentient being is none other than a future Buddha - it is not based in the Buddhist view, and yet you are considering the state of Buddhism.
I would argue against your idea that abrahamic religions are truly supplanting dharmic ones. What is happening is places in which devotees were merely culturally faithful are experiencing a change in culture. It does not actually affect the number of authentic practitioners in the world. What does affect the number of authentic practitioners are the secondary causes and conditions created by uninformed people becoming so-called Buddhist so-called Mindfulness so-called Meditation so-called Instructors and so on. IMO anyway.
Also, FWIW I admire that you have put so much thought into this. But I also encourage you to look a little bit at the views that we're displaying in an experiential, contemplative way and not write them off as idealistic because they have to do with Buddhist metaphysics.
you m isunderstood . I greatly value buddhist metaphysics and consider the texts of buddhism awesome, sacred wisdom. the metaphysical idealism has lots of value in terms of internal growth, i never denied that and im sorry if that was the impression i passed. but when it comes to external stuff , such as religious changes caused by material conditions that can be measured. it does not serve to be simply locked in contemplation, the causality is different. i think internal causality works in a different way than external causality. and there are objective material evidence for that,