Jundo Cohen and Taigu Turlur, an American and a Frenchman, running a virtual zendo, Tree-Leaf,  in Japan, have different but complementary styles.  The last post from their blog at Shambala Sunspace says

What you have to do, though, is avoid the snake oil, the image-driven jive and hype, the soothing but empty cliches, the charismatic charlatans, the fast food drive-though spirituality. Also, don’t fall into “spiritual materialism” — shopping around in the “Dharma department store” for the fluffy and flashy, for teachers of anything-goes, feel-good philosophies that just say what we want to hear (and not what we need to hear).

Which goes for all flavors of religion, not just flavors of Buddhism.

I follow the blogs above because of a common thread.  Each of the authors is thoughtful about what I see as the real values in life, regardless of their actual formal faith, and I know that there are Jews and Muslims, and others in many faiths, who are also.  I know humanists and Christians who are not as thoughtful, who have fallen for all the pitfalls Jundo listed, and more, like believing that science and reason are everything, or evil, or that the purpose of religion is to provide rigid rules to live by, and worse, to condemn others.  And worst of all, I know people who believe that their path is the only path, and scorn or condemn everyone not on it.

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