binocular wrote:Often, I've seen this from "modern" Buddhists, and sometimes accompanied with a considerable amount of hatred and contempt.
In my experience, while the traditionalist extremists may chide one and send one away with an idle hand gesture, I find that the modern extremists are much more feisty - like really angry and vindictive. Huh.
My experience has been that everyone is capable of anger and vindictiveness with the right (wrong?) conditions.
In general "modern extremists" are very open with their interpretation of the Dhamma, as we've been discussing sometimes a little too open. But many of them do indeed have an axe to grind with traditional religion.
At the same time, traditionalists seem to be the ones most likely to look down their noses at other forms of practice or views of practice. This is regardless of whether their tradition has scriptural basis or is just a different cultural adaptation.
Interestingly, the monks I've met tend to be fairly open in their understanding of the Dhamma. My primary teacher prides himself on his open mindedness and gladly converses with Mahayana Buddhists (and Christians and Muslims) about unifying points.
Another monk I practice with reads from a "Jesus Calling" devotional in his off time and says that his prediction for the future of Wester Buddhism inlcudes statues of Jesus meditating throughout temples.
Many of the Lao temples I go to have bodhisattva stautes or even Hindu god statues along the walls in addition to Buddhas.
Let's just remember that none of us are enlightened beings and that our view, no matter what that is, is not the be all and end all. The tipitaka is most likely not the exact literal word of the Buddha, modern teachers may be too loose in their approach, and all of us are trying to do the best we can with what we have.