Buddhism is constantly having to make excuses for itself to Westerners. I’ve mentioned in a previous post how ideas like karma and reincarnation get watered down so much as to be useless. Something that bothers me just as much, and that is tied up with this is the rationalization of more mystical practices such as visualizations involving deities and the manipulation of energy.
The mechanics behind these practices just can’t be explained in a rational and logical manner. They are mystical; they are magical. They aren’t play, and they aren’t pretend. They aren’t elaborate daydreams that have no existence outside your mind. They impact you, and they have an impact on the world around you.