This is what I love about self-described Buddhists, they know The Way and any discussion around the correct path to spiritual fulfillment is just "noise."
Is there anything less in line with the teachings of the Buddha than a smug "Buddhist?"
Finn, I can't help but respond in a more thoughtful way. Perhaps because your post had an element of truth and because it hurt so much. You are right, smugness is not a virtue and is not good for the smug one or the target. I don't mean to be smug. I welcome discussion around the correct path to spiritual fulfillment and obviously there are many possible ways to same. But, if I or anyone else finds their solution in the teaching of the Buddha or Jesus, or anyone else, does that necessarily preclude anyone elses teaching? I think that in a way, yes it does. In most of these teachings, at some point, one must make a decision to accept the teachings and exclude following any other teaching. This exists in the the Buddhist vows of refuge and in the decision to become a Christian. There is an element of faith in this decision. Not necessarily faith in a supreme being, but faith that the teachings will be successful. That they will lead to spiritual fulfillment. One has to make this decision to move past the point of investigation and one of becoming a follower, or practician. Obviously, one should make this decision carefully.
Does this decision make one intolerant? It shouldn't. Perhaps that is what I was showing, intolerance. I was being intolerant toward Christians, dismissing their message because I have chosen a different route. That makes me no different than the very message I am complaining about. So, your criticism was well taken. I get caught up in my human emotions as much as anyone else. Others proclamations of spiritual righteousness should not elicit such a response in me. I should be happy for them that they have found such satisfaction themselves.
You are right, smug is not part of the Buddha's teachings.