Are you even reading what I'm writing? because I never said Early Buddhism is not proper Buddhism, I follow Early Buddhism myself, although I hold the Nikayas higher than the Agamas.AgarikaJ wrote: ↑Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:15 amSo according to this (yours and Binocular's) argument, Early Buddhism is not 'proper' Buddhism?budo wrote: ↑Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:08 amYou do realize you're on a Theravadan forum right? You do realize that the first fetter in Theravadan and Early Buddhism is doubt of the Buddha Dhamma Sangha.. And that the Dhamma is the dhamma-vinaya and not the lotus sutra.. According to Theravadans on a Theravadan forum..
Why do people go to specific communities and act suprised when the people in those specific communities align with their communities doctrine? Seems irrational and troll like behaviour to pretend otherwise.
I am getting more surprised with every posting.
Regardless, I'm saying it's not logical to go to a specific community which is at odds with your views and expect them to align with your views. It's like going to a Muslim forum and telling them Koran != Islam, or a Jewish forum and telling them Torah != Judaism, or Second Testament != Christianity. Which is basically what you said with Theravada != Buddhism .
Furthermore, anyone who is trying to attain enlightenment on this Theravada forum, is going to destroy the 3 fetters, specifically "Doubt of the Buddha, Dhamma (Dhamma-Vinaya), Sangha", which in your words is "Fundamentalist Sectarianism", so it's not rational at all to go to a specific community where people are trying to progress in their doctrine and to expect them to align with your views which fall outside of that doctrine. To do so would mean you're specifically looking to clash and conflict with these people.