Problems with Buddhism...
First of all, I will state this is not a critique of Buddhism, because I am still very interested and still trying to study bit by bit and meditate. I've just run into a few problems, as a very early beginner, and was hoping for some help. I'll run though them. I deeply appreciate any response.
1) Supernatural. It appears to me that Gautama Buddha never said anything specific about the supernatural, or if he did it was that it was irrelevant. This is why I find certain concepts hard to grasp. I find it very hard to accept reincarnation, karma and other beings like mara's are actually literal. At the same time, it just seems that one way or another, it feels like belief in such things are expected.
2) Origins of Buddhism. Buddhism quite clearly borrows aspects from nearby religions such as Hinduism, and different branches clearly mix with religions like Taoism, Confucianism and folk or tribal religions (talking Tibetan Buddhism here). That doesn't mean the teachings are not true, I know, I've found what I have learnt to be useful so far. Still, it seems as though it's just another religion invented by men by borrowing aspects of already existing religions (see Christianity for a great example of this. How many previous Gods had virgin births?). All you have to do is look at the birth of Buddha to see an example of this.
3) Tibetan Buddhism. I'm not here to criticise Tibetan Buddhists. But am I the only one who thinks Tibetan Buddhism is almost like the Mormonism of Buddhism. It also seems very patriarchal in which leaders are worshipped like Gods almost.
Anyway, sorry to criticise, I just was hoping for someone to maybe show me how my comments are wrong so I can continue.