And that brings me to what has been a positive surprise for me about Nichiren Buddhism: how pragmatic and down-to-earth it is. From what I’ve seen so far, Nichiren Buddhists don’t get that hung up on metaphysics.
Ogyen wrote: ↑Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:13 amI've had a few shockers ... I do understand people are people whenever you go and that 90% mean well albeit ignorance has a way of deviating the course of action to unskillfulness, bigotry, and prejudice.
Major shocker #1: the amount of abuse that happens in monasteries from rape to abusive treatment in the stronger to weaker... Saddening.
Major shocker #2: sexism is the same (rampant) as it is everywhere else.
Major shocker #3: institutionalized Buddhism is the same as any other religion with all its drawbacks, human politics, and sects.
Major shocker #4: how online Buddhists treat each other. Many are just as self-righteous and even less compassionate than Christians (hey at least they preach God is love, mean buddhists tell people their pain is an illusion, and that they don't really exist... ).. I had a major brain freeze trying to understand this... It was truly shocking. (I'm not referring to DW)
Major shocker #5: how many practitioners in their own traditions lack respect for other traditions that differ from THEIR Dharma... Like Theravadans who say Sutra is basically some scholars opinions, or mahayanists who think the only authority is shakyamuni and that every other Buddha is an invention, or that termas are dreams and delusions, and all those types of situations...
The list goes on...