jcsuperstar wrote:why is it that modern teachers feel the need to have quotes by non-buddhists and mystics from other religions in their books as some sort of "proof" that what the Buddha said is right?
seems silly, why would i care?
if modern teachers can use ultimate truths from non-Buddhist religions, which are congruent with the Dhamma, this is proof, that there are some Dhammic truths in this/these religion/s. Using those, while speaking to a partially non-Buddhist audience, could be called an extremely skillful method to make them come aboard the Buddhist boat.
(As Ben already said, perhaps they are not speaking to a Buddhist audience only.)
So using something they already know and accept allows them to stay open and receptive ...they won't shut down. Similarities create trust.
I would say that this modern teacher would be a very skillful teacher, quite like the Buddha found very diverse keys to very diverse people, by picking them up where they were at.
People would react by:
"Hey, this Buddha is cool! He's thinking like Rumi, -now I want to hear more."
JCS, if you could point me to the type of modern teacher you had in mind, I'd be very thankful. -I would love to pass it on to a few folks, who I think might be able to change the 'boat'....