Buddhism has its positive and negative factors. Here is a list though there are genuine exceptions in both lists.
10 Positive Factors about Buddhism
- Develops ethics, mindfulness, calm and insight meditation and wisdom
- Endorses widespread inquiry through knowledge, discourses, ancient texts, dialogue, diverse methods and environments such as monasteries, centres and forests for practice
- Ends rebirth (rebecoming, renewal) of the ego, of personality issues.
- Explores relative/ultimate truth.
- Knows the importance of the divine, namely love, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity as a location of the divine.
- Points to awakening and liberation through seeing the emptiness of self existence of ‘I’ and ‘my’ and inquiry into dependent arising.
- Recognises a human being has the potential to abide as a god (brahma vihara) through love, compassion, etc.
- Recognises mara (the power of temptation, the power to deceive, shadows) and karma (unsatisfactory or harmful influence of the past on unfolding processes). Karma is also about the potency of wholesome action with blind spots.
- Recognition of the five domains for consciousness – heaven, human, animal, hungry ghost and hell – dependently arising on causes and conditions.
- The essential teachings and practices (the Dharma) stands free from limitations of Western categories such as theism, atheism, agnosticism dogmatism, philosophy, theology, psychology and any kind of scientific view of materialism/matter.
10 Negative Factors about Buddhism
- A Patriarchal religion. Barely any application of change to the status quo.
- Acceptance or ignoring of repressive political/military regimes running a country.
- Beliefs in physical miracles, power of sacred objects, relics, oracles, prophecy, magical powers, fortune telling and other superstitions.
- Many Buddhist monks make claims for a better rebirth for lay people. Monks tell people to make merit, offer rituals but give little Dharma practice to end rebirth of “I” and “my.”
- Chanting, rituals and religiosity overshadow acts of wisdom and compassion.
- General lack of application of Dharma to social, political and global issues.
- Mediaeval beliefs and views about karma used to judge individuals, groups and nations.
- Lack of persuasive and effective communication for creative action for the 21st century and the variety of issues facing humanity.
- Unquestioning devotion to lineages, traditions, Lamas, Ajahns and Zen masters.
- Worship of the Buddha rather than application of the Dharma.
MAY ALL BEINGS LIVE WITH WISDOM