Knowing you, and your kindness, I can quite easily imagine that your children are good people. What wonderful news :) Well done on your part, that could not have been easy raising 4 kids.<quoted text>Okay... so I'll just have to take you at your word that you mock other people's beliefs.
And btw, I have four happy, fulfilled children.(Now, I'm just picking with you).
But I can see that you are offended because I zoomed in on Japanese Buddhism and asked some simple questions. You are offended because your friends are close to your heart and what they believe, silly construct or not, is more important to you than someone else's belief. I can understand that... everyone is a hypocrite at times.
Perhaps it would be better if I followed the Buddhist lead on this one and simply not debate with you any further on my own beliefs, which you seem to seethe over.
In terms of Japanese religions that I attack, Shinnyo-en and So Kagaku Ai come to mind immediately. They are both incessantly stupid, like short-earth creationist Christianity. Clearly all three have some kind of spiritual side, but I cannot respect it for the foolish history and science denying.
I'm not offended that you bought up Japanese Buddhism. Mock it all you want. I'm offended that you bring it up in your Christian understanding of reality and utterly fail to grasp that other cultures aren't like yours.
You continue to insist that cultures are exactly as yours is. That's incorrect; naive in the extreme. I can't seem to get you to grasp this simple point though and you're mistaking my annoyance with defending Buddhism.
I don't. I honestly don't care one bit - Buddha isn't a deity, he didn't ascend to deity-ness. He died, like all other humans. And he was sexist and didn't understand the first thing about modern disease (one example).
One amusing anecdote: when my Buddhist friend brought me to his temple, his kids were running and jumping on his holiest of holy seats. He said "that's a place I can only sit in three times a year." And they had drawn on crayon over a 300 year old painting!!! He didn't care. He didn't chastise them.
I don't care that he thinks a pillow is holy - that's trash - but you cannot doubt his parenting skills. He's good with kids.