What is the purpose of this thread? Think about it. It is forbidden to argue that the Buddha did not teach rebirth as a central doctrine. So, if the counter position cannot be argued for-then this is a one way discussion. Additionally, it would appear that not all e-sangha rules are as rigidly enforced.
1) Treat all posters with respect. Some members may be ordained Sangha and very modest.
Apparently, this does not apply to moderators.
However, there are teachers pretending to be the representatives of the Dharma who don't care about what the Buddha taught and negate the fact of rebirth or say that it is not at all central to Buddhism. That I see as a slandering of the Tathagata.
To say that someone is PRETENDING to be a representative of Dharma is a lot of things-RESPECT is not one of them.
But it is not only moderators who do not follow the rules in this regard.
Rebirth is a hot topic for unenlightened Westerners ever since the Dharma arrived here. However, it was rarely a hot topic for Westerners who went to Asia seeking the cessation of suffering and studied and practiced with the great Masters of the 20th century. That is before Dharma became a fad in the West and ambitious Asian missionaries to the West needed to raise funds for their Dharma centres.
This goes beyond disrespect. In fact, it has the tinge of racial bias. You know, only Asian countries have real Buddhism...not western countries. Racism is racism, however, and is equally distasteful in all of its forms.
I'll leave it at that, since I'm fairly sure this post will be deleted.
IMO, if these rules mean anything-then they should be enforced fully, not in a haphazard manner.
p.s. For clarity sake, I am NOT asking for this post to be deleted. In fact, I am hoping that it will stand as is.
p.p.s. My comments concerning moderators in this thread should not be construed to be a condemnation of all. For example, I have found Huifeng's comments to be very respectful & admirable. :namaste: