gad rgyangs wrote:Adamantine wrote:I'm sure that the film makes valid points when aimed at a Christian Bishop. Conflating traditions is the mistake of your proposed image in the OP.gad rgyangs wrote:I just had a flashback to the Bergman movie "Fanny and Alexander", which portrays two households: one which embraces life and love in all its joy and sorrow, and the other, the Bishop's household, that exemplifies self- and other-loathing, coldness, "seriousness", and violence, all under the banner of "piety" and religion.
and having a rosy picture of asian religious institutions is an orientalist fantasy.
Certainly there are issues with any institutions made up mostly of samsaric human beings who are still befuddled by dualistic appearances. This goes for ones composed of humans who may label themselves as Buddhists and wear robes, and those composed of any other identifying groups.
But to critique one on the basis of a critique of the other is an over-generalized simplification. And you have not been critiquing the institutions associated with Buddhadharma so far on this thread but have been attempting a critique of crucial insights of the Tathagata himself.