Zla'od wrote:Okay, there's more to tantric practice than visualizing a deity. You also have to chant his or her mantra, and do a bunch of other ritual-type stuff. (Tibetan Buddhism is extremely ritualistic.)
Yes, and I assume to become a mechanical engineer you may have to "do some math". That is about as detailed information about Esoteric ritual as you are giving here. So you clearly know very little about it. That's fine, I do not know much about quantum mechanics, but I am not so arrogant as to act as if I do.
Zla'od wrote: There are also arcane lists of vows, and everything comes with an entrenched commentarial tradition that is received as equally sacrosanct. Later on, you MIGHT get permission to visualize being the deity, and having sex with a woman half your size (or actually do it--I mean, Buddhistically). Or learn how to control your body temperature, or the weather. Or be told that actually, the world around you is pure and perfect, and all those rituals and teachings don't really matter after all.
I think you should actually know something about a subject before judging it, or especially spouting off about it. You could actually read a book or two on Esoteric Buddhism you know, since you are just making yourself sound extremely ignorant. If you want some suggestions I could give you some...you can even find many of these scholarly works for free in pdf format online. If, however, you just want to keep blowing hot air outta your pie hole by all means continue, but your ignorance is kinda entertaining...especially since you do not seem aware of your ignorance.
Zla'od wrote:There's lots more, I realize, but what did I leave out that you would consider especially relevant, that might redeem the tradition from being a big waste of time? (And that you won't get reborn in hell for revealing, of course.)
No more than I left out about being a mechanical engineer. Did I leave anything especially important out?
Zla'od wrote:It is my contention--based, no doubt, on my own nescience--that none of this is really salvific. There is no magic in Tibetan Buddhism. It is just another religion. Just as prayer does not really work for Baptists, neither does meditation for Buddhists.
Ah, here's your real opinion, no wonder you mock...you think "religion is dumb". Why reform Buddhism at all if its so stupid and useless?
Zla'od wrote: Buddhism's main significance is as a set of social practices and identities.
So you think Buddhism (the religion, not the forumosa poster) is total crap and a waste of time. You are entitled to your opinion...but I have to say your opinion on Buddhism (in my esteem) is about as meaningful as a fundamentalist Baptist's view of evolution; you fundamentally discount it, dismiss its value and therefore your opinion is essentially worthless due to its ignorant bias.