Those of you who are practicing Buddhists may be interested to learn that, according to the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, Buddha had a "harem."
Buddhism also, it seems, is really Hinduism.
I learned that, apparently, Buddhists believe in heaven(??), the Mahayana is corrupt Hinayana, that The Dalai Lama is an incarnation of Amitabha, not Avalokiteshvara, and that Tibetan Buddhism is the brainchild of Kublai Khan.
Oh, and they add a sprinkle of racism, too:
"Logical consistency is not to be looked for in an Indian mystic." (That would be Buddha they're dissing, by the way.) No, those little brown people are kind of like girls, they just can't reason, can they? Never look for logic in an Indian mystic. Look under the sofa.
The article states that a troubling one-third of the people on earth are Buddhist!! However, really one must be comforted by subtracting ALL the Chinese and Japanese Buddhists as not really being Buddhists, really. As soon as they're not counted, the troubling number drops.
Buddhist morality, I was thrilled to learn, is a "selfish utilitarianism." Buddhism indulges in"false pessimism." Buddhist metaphysics (which the writer completely fails to understand) are of minimal value.
Buddhism has accomplished but little for the uplifting of humanity in comparison with Christianity. One of its most attractive features, which, unfortunately, has become wellnigh obsolete, was its practice of benevolence towards the sick and needy. Between Buddhists and Brahmins there was a commendable rivalry in maintaining dispensaries of food and medicine.
But this charity did not, like the Christian form, extend to the prolonged nursing of unfortunates stricken with contagious and incurable diseases, to the protection of foundlings, to the bringing up of orphans, to the rescue of fallen women, to the care of the aged and insane. Asylums and hospitals in this sense are unknown to Buddhism. The consecration of religious men and women to the lifelong service of afflicted humanity is foreign to dreamy Buddhist monasticism.
[No witch-burning, no Spanish Inquisition, no Albigensian massacres, no Crusades for Buddhists, alas]
In short, Buddhism is all but dead. In its huge organism the faint pulsations of life are still discernible, but its power of activity is gone. The spread of European civilization over the East will inevitably bring about its extinction.
Well, that's that, then!
We recommend these remedies:
1. Check out the book list on the right.
2.The site "Buddhism for Christians," here, provides a good explanation of some common misunderstandings.
Some thoughts about the growing number of largely Christian attacks on Buddhism in North America and in Asia, here.