tiltbillings wrote:And who determines that the Dhamma has been diluted?
Buddhist scholars."Through the centuries the most popular meditation subjects among lay Buddhists have probably been the six recollections (anussati): of the Buddha, the Dhamma, the Sangha, morality, generosity, and the devas."
--- Bhikkhi Bodhi, In The Buddha's Words.
Considering that the recollections have been taught for "centuries", it would be kind of strange for a teacher to not mention the them, wouldn't it?
I started by showing that the Buddha was not limiting his teachings to devotionalism for the laity as you have suggested.
Where did I say that?
Interestingly enough, in doing breath awareness the body, feelings, consciousness, and mental objects all come directly into play.
Right. Or you can meditate on these objects individually, as the Buddha suggests in the Satipatthana Sutta. One way isn't particularly better than the other. The Buddha laid forth many paths to enlightenment, and each path should be presented as an option.