Many people are not educated about Dorje Shugden once it was declared an illegal practice by the Dalai Lama, FPMT just shut off. Through ignorance many abandon and become hostile to this practice. When there is just heresay without investigation and valid or logical study by FPMT group they just follow the leader on the adversity of the practice. I am so thankful for DS.com in helping to educate people on DS so they will have a strong foundation and education. May they come to know the truth and never waver from powerful Dorje Shugden and its beneficial practice.
with the wealth of information available now, is that even a valid argument? ignorance is not an excuse during this day and age, especially for Buddhists whose main goal is to destroy ignorance. If Buddhists strive to eliminate ignorance by studying and practicing the sutras, why would they allow ignorance to set foot and creep into their minds and then letting it grow and not doing anything about it? ridiculous.
as a Buddhist, if we wish to decide to go against something, or when our teacher tells us to do something we should do some preliminary investigations: who is the object? why is it harmful? and do exhaustive investigation based on FACTS and not on opinions of scholars who are obviously biased. A true teacher will always provide answers to those questions and give enough material.
On the students' side, why do most of them prefer to take the lazy way out and just take things at surface level? It always pays to investigate things at a deeper level, even if it is the teacher's advice because from investigation and we see the reasons behind the teacher's advice, it increases our faith even more and if it is not, we can see the depth of his wisdom when we seek his explanation. Either way its a win-win situation.
Buddhists who dont investigate should not be touching the sutras, because they prefer to remain in the darkness of ignorance rather than illuminate the mind. Why offer light to the Buddha when we place our own minds in a box of darkness? It does not make sense at all unless they are just in the Dharma to cover their own hypocrisy and lack of Dharma practice, when in any case, explains their behavior towards others.