Well not surprisingly, I agree here with venerable Punnaji's assessment.
Thanks for sharing, David.
Oh Retro, I just saw your post in Dharma Wheel, and I have to say your avatar there does not become you!
I can fully sympathise with your views there, but I wonder if you've noticed that every time "Early Buddhism" is raised as your resort, the Vajrayanists all turn skeptical a la
Gregory Schopen as to the provenance of the Nikayas and Agamas? The wildest conspiracy theory I've seen coming out of that camp (Schopen and some Vajrayanists in Singapore) was to allege that the "Hinayana" had a grand exercise to levellise all their texts to defend against Mahayana incursion; that's Schopen's feeble attempt to explain the correspondences and parallels between the Pali Nikayas and Sanskrit Agamas.
I saw the same sort of annoyance creep into Bhante Hui Feng here, when he complained about Gombrich being only interested in "PTS Buddhism".