I learnt of a new wave washing over the far east today. It was mentioned in a review of a cartoon quoted by someone on another thread, so I looked it up. http://buddistamulets.blogspot.com/2009 ... tukam.html
I found a rather nice blog someone had written (edit: here http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2007/05 ... 034231.php
) about the history of this Jatukam cult and felt pity (whoops). The thing is I use Yahoo! Answers a lot and every now and then a question about Buddhism comes up. I answer to the best of my ability, usually providing links for further reading etc. Almost every time someone else answers purely to disagree with me and often they remark that I "don't understand because I follow a corrupted western fashion version of Buddhism". My usual response is to recommend the questioner look at the sources I provide and come to their own conclusion rather than get into a debate about geography. It does grate after a while though.
So, I'm posting this pre-emptively: how should I respond to these geography discussions in the light of the fact that no-where in the world seems to be immune from fashionable corruption (as is evident by this Jatukam cult)?
Secondly, how can I turn my pity for those caught up in these geography arguements into healthy compassion?