retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Individual,
It's worth bearing in mind though that the Buddha did not discourage people from making offering to wanderers of other sects, even though their ascetics and practitioners were to certain extents ignorant.
Ignorant, yes, but not necessarily malicious. I don't think the Buddha would've supported giving offerings to malicious people. As I understand it, the early Buddhists were ambivalent or supportive of the Jains, but hostile (that might be the wrong word to use) towards the Ajivikans and Carvakans; they didn't view all outside sects as equal. A religious sect or teacher can have ignorant views, but still be the basis for moral conduct, whereas other religious sects may be the basis for immoral conduct -- one could use extreme examples like suicide cults or the Islamic groups engaged in terrorism. If a person funds a Muslim group which funds terrorism, out of their own ignorance, they partially bear the consequence for the act. Teachers and groups which fall in between these extremes, those which are simply exploitative liars, like Madame Blavatsky and L. Ron Hubbard, are a grey area.
retrofuturist wrote:Kamma is intention and it's not transcendent, so it's to be expected that there will be some degree of imperfection associated with any volitional act.
But some forms of imperfection are more imperfect than others.