(This is so pathetic, I’m sure)
Buddhism. I am getting REALLY tired of the idiotic way people talk about buddhism on the board, including people who have studied it and should no better.
I know half of you are super-contemptuous of anyone who isn’t an “enlightened atheist”, but for the love of God (rimshot!), at least care enough to talk about a subject intelligently.
My big beef here is that people talk about Buddhism, probably to a greater degree than they do about Christiantity, as if it were one monolothic block of beliefe and everyone who ascribes to that religion is a monolithic Borg who thinks the same way.
No. No frickin’ way, darn it!
Japan alone has probably as many Buddhist sects as all the Christian ones, everywhere, combined. And they do not all think about things in the same way. So get it right people. i see a lot of commentary on Buddhism that acts as if some beliefe were scripture. It usually ain’t, and people disagree even on the scriptures.
So honestly, at least try to include a short disclaimer, like “(this refers to generic Chinese Mahayana Buddism)”, or "I really only studied Japanese True Pure Land, so this may not be accurate for all sects.
because if you are going to talk about other people’s (and even your own) religion like you know somthing about, then you should be honest enough with yourself to admit that other people don’t agree with you, even in the same category of beleifs.