I confess, I got the idea for the title of this blog from Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone's uncompromising enfant terrible. In a nutshell he kicked Lara Logan's butt, who is the foreign news correspondent for CBS. As I read his blog I kept seeing another blog superimposed over his: a Buddhist blog that lambasts modern Buddhists—especially teachers—for trying to market chocolate coated bullshit in the name of Buddhism; which ends up really hiding the truth about Buddhism.
Maybe Tiabbi is really on to something. The kernel of his blog is about journalists bending over backwards to please the wrong people who then become their pet stenographers, in effect saying, screw the public. As I reshape this idea to fit within the text of modern Buddhism my concern is about teachers who bend over backwards to please the prejudices of their followers; who end up handing their followers bullshit which has little or nothing to do with authentic Buddhism. The truth of the matter, Buddhism is supposed to challenge our asses not pamper them. In the main it is supposed to destroy our fucking naive belief that we are this body while, at the same time, point to our true transcendent body.
It is not hard to read the Buddha’s discourses. Most of them are on the Internet free of charge. Unless you can’t read, the Buddha’s message is basically this temporal life really sucks. But the good news, you’re not really this body that is a caldron of pain, you are much more which is immortal. But right now you are dead asleep, in a state of deep oblivion clinging to the Five Aggregate machine of form, feeling, perception, volitional formations and consciousness.
Taking the aforementioned to be the truth of the Buddha's teaching, why then do the so-called reputable Buddhist teachers of today, for the most part, ignore this stressing, instead, how to cope with samsara staying asleep? They have their followers believing there is nothing transcendent about the Buddha's message; there is no real Self; and nothing immortal to attain (the Pali Nikayas tell us that immortality or amata, is an epithet for nirvana).
Maybe the reason so many modern Buddhist teachers hoodwink their students is that there is more money in teaching to their modern prejudices which certainly scout the transcendent or any idea of a spiritual body. Let’s face it, most students are materialists or like the Japanese, hardcore phenomenalists. They also want to have their egos stroked—not their fur rubbed the wrong way. Most students are unwilling to put in a lot of sweat and tears making their own experiences chime with the Buddha’s discourses. This might explain why they don’t study the Buddha's discourses, at least the ones they don’t understand (which tend to show them how stupid they really are).