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.

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forelelyon
forelelyon
8 years ago

Well Christians and Muslims say every thing is demon worship so i would just ignore them.. atheists as far as i know actually like Buddhism the best of the religions because it is more like psychology, and does not include the worship of a creator god. Hinduism i found goes very well with Buddhism if you take into account that there gods are just various attributes and pieces of reality (the gods just stand for different things) and then Hinduism is more like physics, where , as i said before, Buddhism is like psychology. and i dont know what vajrayanists… Read more »

Prajna
Prajna
8 years ago

“Vajrayanists: … 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”? I’m a Mahayanist. The same teachings are mentioned in some Mahayana sutras too. So I thought I could clarify something. If Theravadian Arhats are graduates of the Buddhism, then great Bodhisattvas (of Eighth level and above) are post-graduates — though they have the same ability to enter Nirvana like Arhats, they diligently and endlessly return to the three realms to help to liberate all sentient beings, perfect all virtues… Read more »

sunni
sunni
8 years ago

Well said!

Silent Shadow
Silent Shadow
8 years ago

The mind will keep on finding ways to do its duty, ie, hate and finger pointing.

Be aware of the quality of the mind. You have the choice to follow it or ignore it.

Also I believe all have the right to know what Buddhism is and then ignore it. Your duty is to present this wonderful religion to the world. (that is if you are a Buddhist)

Rare is the person who know the Dhamma

More rare is he who follow it

Extremely rare is the person free from this world

snapsnap2008
snapsnap2008
8 years ago

You wouldn’t. Two things. 1. You shouldn’t degrade something if you don’t understand it in any case. Even if you do and don’t believe in it, then that is still not a reason to degrade SOMEONE ELSE’s beliefs. It’s their belief and provided it doesnt infinge your rights then its fine. 2. You shouldn’t feel degraded if some other deluded individual degrades your beliefs – that starts to give what they say substance – so don’t do it. Their saying that doesn’t make it true. What YOU believe is what matters. OK i went for as many gratuitous uses of… Read more »

wiseman/guru
wiseman/guru
8 years ago

Great for you. Experienced it too, and I live 10minutes walk from the only Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. So, when in doubt I walk over and ask the Ab.
Peace.

Sister Rollanlahay R.S.N.I.D.
Sister Rollanlahay R.S.N.I.D.
8 years ago

You seem to be very attached to what others think of you.

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