Jejudo, South Korea
Reading, more like skimming, some of the posts of Baba Michi, I thought I'd try to bring this branch of Opeth's thread into its own.
While I certainly don't agree with everything you say, (There is no 'ought' in Buddhism?), you seem pretty well versed in the stuff.
1. Though I never had time to develop this idea, I've often thought of Buddha as more of a spiritual social revolutionary rather than someone who created a new metaphysical system. By this, I mean that Buddha created a vehicle to bypass the caste system and attain enlightenment without the long process of Hinduism.
This is a shot in the dark, but I've often wanted to explore the political implications of this radical idea. The Buddha's idea, not mine.
2. Does it make sense to call the mass of Indian religion we call Hinduism, Hinduism? I forget who said this, but I was under the impression that Hinduism is a Western construct placed over a myriad of different beliefs systems and rituals?
Anyway, this is just to get started. Let the thread go where it may.