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I had a discussion with a friend yesterday who had spent some time in Myanmar recently, and she related to me some experiences she had had there which caused her to largely give up on Buddhist organised religion. I found it quite difficult to listen to, because in giving up on organised religion she had also cut some ties with the dharma.
Basically she had come across some situations where Buddhist monks were organising violence against the Rohingya people, they were taking money donations in an organised fashion from the very poor at harvest time, they were playing games on smartphones, and so on.
In general I ended up agreeing with my friend that organised religion often ends up being a parasite on the society it lives in, and rarely offers much in return. There are a few exceptions like the Thai Forest monks, but on the whole the behaviour seems hard to condone.
Where do you stand on Buddhist organised religion in general?