Needless to say, if you don’t do this, this isn’t applicable to you. I’m merely talking about the members of said religions who DO say things like what is described below. If you’re a tolerant individual, this is not intended for you.
Christians and Moslems: Constantly I hear fundamentalists of these religions describing Buddhism as “demon worship”, etc. You obviously haven’t the foggiest idea what Buddhists believe or what we practice. Isn’t it better to be silent or educate yourself instead of running off your mouth?
Atheists: Virulent atheists often describe Buddhism as “just another religion” in which people are in denial about their own mortality and want to believe in some type of justice in the universe. They assume all Buddhists believe in reincarnation and Vedic karma theory, or at least, that all “real” Buddhists do. But in what I’ve read, the Buddha says consciousness is contingent on the body, and suffering cannot be explained entirely by past action. Why do you just assume you know what Buddhists believe (or are “supposed to” believe), when you don’t?
Hindus: Why do certain vitriolic Advaitans feel the need to insist Buddhists are just deluded Hindus and that everything we believe is really based on the Vedas? If you want to believe Gotama Buddha was Vishnu incarnate, that’s fine, believe it for your purposes, but is it really fair to try and label me something I don’t identify myself as?
Vajrayanists: Why do you feel you have the right to exclude everyone else from being a Buddhist? You do not have a monopoly on the Buddha’s teachings and no one appointed you grand poobah of all Buddhism. It’s incredibly arrogant to refer to Theravada as a “lesser” or “lower” teaching. Didn’t the Buddha say on his deathbed he only taught one Dhamma, no “inner” or “outer”?
Sorry, I just had to rant.