Sectarianism, to the extent that it feeds the emotions might actually help Dharma, at least nominally, endure. It tends to foster affinity by defining enemies against whom fellows can unite. On the other hand, tolerance, especially when it goes so far to accept all views, particularly if they also include liberal tolerance may have the effect of so weakening the Dharma that the sangha simply dissolves.DGA wrote: ↑Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:26 pmI think sectarianism is one factor that could do it. Buddhists have fallen into the habit of tearing each other down, indeed building entire traditions (more than one in more than one country) around celebrating this truth over that truth as opposed to the other guy's, and thus making a virtue of running down competing sects and their leaders. I can show you examples of this at DW but do I really need to?
Right view needs to be guarded carefully. Doing so does not require uncivility. It does require clarity, confidence, decisiveness.
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