You seem to agree with what the Buddha had to say. He does not teach that one should rely on authority when contemplating his teachings.
How do you know that, "Buddhists are pretentious guessers"? Give at least one example.
That's not an example... you'll need to give an example of igm making a pretentious guess... and saying it is Buddhism.. or... just an example of a pretentious guess not being attributed to Buddhism (I don't believe that will count as an example though).
The Buddha said that there is no self, ego, Atman, soul (all are synonymous for the purposes of this discussion).
If one can't show there is a self then that removes the subject from subject/object dualism. So unless one can show there is a self then how is one going to show that dualism is correct? The self must either be in the body, mind, both or some other location. If not then one cannot assert a self or dualism because if you don't have self then you can't have other.
They (subject/object) are merely ‘dreamed up by the mind’ concepts we use to communicate; that’s fine but the self is just a useful fiction, as is dualism. If you can’t find a truly existing self then the other side of the coin 'other' is also not found because the concepts depend on one another.
Buddha isn’t saying there is something else, he's just saying dualism is a fiction based on the mistaken belief there is a truly existent self. When we look for it the self cannot be found. The absence of dualism, the mere negation of it or the letting go of it is the absolute is ultimate reality. So it’s not something it’s the absence of mistaken views based on the subject/object dualism that cannot be proved.
The burden of proof is with anyone who says there is a truly existing self. The Buddha just says OK find it and I'll believe in it; if not then I won’t believe in dualism.
Abosolute truth is the mere absence of the belief in dualism according to the Buddha.
Please discuss, I’ve just taken and edited this from a post in another topic so it sounds too forceful. I apologise for that.
Buddhism also teaches that Loving Kindness and Compassion to all is a prerequisite quality to develop and of course meditation.