I've found myself in an odd position and could use some advice.
The textbook of a course I'm taking has a chapter that discusses Buddhism. It is pretty inaccurate.
I wrote to the university about it. I addressed several of the inaccuracies, but this is my main complaint:
They completely changed the 4th Noble Truth.
They responded that these are matters of contention among Buddhists and that the box I've posted was from Stephen Batchelor a "Buddhist teacher".
I contacted Batchelor. He had no idea what they were talking about. I sent them what he had said, and included a variety of sources showing that The Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold path are not something Buddhists are in disagreement about.
They've replied that their depiction of Buddhism is accurate.
I have 28 days to respond, but how does one respond to that?
My concern is that this chapter is one that students are required
to learn. They must write an essay on it, which contributes to their final grade. Some of the people who take this course will go on to guide others' mindfulness practice. And changes are being made to make this course mandatory
to every student undertaking psychology and/or counselling degree. That is a lot of people who will learn that the 4th Noble truth is 'Repeat 1-3 and it will become more effortless'
I have tried to do what I thought was right, but I don't know how to proceed, and could use some input from fellow practitioners.
Any and all advice will be much appreciated.
Yours in the Dharma,