Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:There's nothing wrong with bashing sects. They deserve to be bashed. A sect, by definition, has split off from Buddhism, and promotes an unorthodox teaching. Bash the wrong view, not the person following it.
This is not the only definition, Bhante.
1. A group of people forming a distinct unit within a larger group by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice.
"Within a larger group" means "Buddhist". What differentiates a sect is not necessarily adharma, but different methods, rituals, cultural accretions.
Similarly Theravada is a sect or a school, if you prefer.