Bubbabuddhist wrote:Whenever this topic comes up, it always seems to reach a point where people begin giving each other the finger and then mooning each other.
Long ago, in a forum far away and now defunct I suggested that all mention of fingers and moons should be avoided under a voluntary code of conduct, as in my experience, discussion around fingers and moons invariably are discussion stoppers..and whats worse they are a slippery slope that leads to the cul de sac known as " If you meet the Buddha on the road " etc etc yawn etc.
For me the salient point is , did Jesus or his author teach anything remotely like Dependant Origination ? I think the answer is clear, not even remotely. So, no relevance to Buddhism then.