Lord Buddha is a common epiphet in the English language that I have heard used by Masters from the Theravada, Chinese Mahayana and Tibetan Traditions. My understanding is that Our Teacher started out as a regular man but reached elightenment through his great resolve and practice. To honour this accomplishment I prefer to adorn his name rather than just saying "Buddha". In this sense I am a traditionalist but I don´t insist others use this form if they do not like it.
I have read Stephen Batchelor and while I find him intelligent and interesting, I disagree with most of his opinions about how to move Buddhism forward in the West. I find the modern presentation of B. Allan Wallace to be far more compelling, but once again that´s an opinion.
I think Five Mountain Zen Order cannot blame people for being confused. Are they monks or laypeople? A Viet Namese monastic lineage or a Japanese lay lineage? How are titles granted, what training do we assume people have from the various titles? Is Ven. Wonji Dharma a student in good standing of a respected lineage holder of an East Asian Mahayana Buddhist tradition?
I am holding out that there is a clear response before this thread devolves further into personal attacks. Clarity would benefit everyone including Five Mountains. I am hopeful some response will come soon. I would actually be really glad if there is an explanation and ready to be more open to the Five Mountains Form once one is made public.
The more well trained and rooted dharma teachers we have, from any tradition, the better the chances of really helping Buddhism take root in the West.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin