It seems to me that a lot of Christians don’t know a thing about Buddhism, as it actually exists. And I’m absolutely certain that many people who claim to be Buddhists don’t.
So I thought I’d make a thread to help with any questions. Be aware I don’t have a degree or anything (anything below a PhD just seems to make things worse anyway), but I have an interest in world religions. I’m Catholic, and nothing will change that, but I’m fascinated by human approaches to God. Or in the case of Buddhism, completely ignoring God as irrelevant.
I haven’t read much of the Sutras (the Buddhist scriptures), but frankly neither have most Buddhists outside the clergy. That right there would be an example of things Westerners don’t seem to get–Buddhism is not Sola Scriptura Protestantism.
I know the most about Japanese/Chinese/Korean Buddhism, but I also know a thing or two about Tibetan and Indian.
Any questions? I’ll see what I can do.