I do however, know that it has led to corrupt tyranny and heirarchial institutions.
I believe you're reffering to the corrupt government of Tibet? I don't have many details on that, only what the Dalai Lama mentions in his autobiography, but I'm fairly certain that it's because Buddhism is more concerned with inner peace than government affairs. Unfortunetely, this allowed the current situation with the Chinese to accur in Tibet, but I don't believe that's the fault of Buddhism.
while it may not be "dogmatic" it is still superstitious and can lead to abnormal amounts of dogmatic theories.
By superstitious I assume you mean belief in something that cannot be proved? If so, then that is the basis of all religion, to an extent that varies between religion. The word tends to have negative connotations, but if it's taken literally than that's what religion is, although some who have had religious or spiritual experiences may dissagree. Personally, I would really liketo talk to someone who has had one of these experiences in order to find out more on the matter, but I don't know anyone who has had that happen.
Buddhism may be the exception though because of its atheistic tendencies.
It may be, and this is why I'm interested in it. Other religions, while all having the same fundamental ideals of morality, tend to have a large amount of religious baggage, such as all the negative things in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, which have repelled me from them.
Just a note: I find it interesting that they are able to "recognize" (in quotation marks because if I don't you'll argue with me, and all I really want is contemplative discussion
) the various incarnations of the Dalai Lama. I'de like to find out how they do this, because I think it's fascinating. (Ugh, I feel like an old person using fascinating, maybe I should change that to "really really coolz"
Just something about religion that I have to get out, it really doesn't have anything to do with any of the rest of my post:
I feel divided on the matter of religion. I see all these Chrisitan Fundamentalists telling people to vote for Bush because gays are evil, I see "You can't be a Catholic and be Pro-Abortion" bumper-stickers (although the abortion issue is something I can see the other side of, unlike gay marriage) and I see our president, thinking he's on some sort of crusade of righteousness, and I agree with you that we would be much better off without religion.
But then I see people like my grand-parents, who are VERY religious, doing good things because they believe it's right, because of the teachings of their religion. I've been with them, and it's not because they're trying to convert souls, or save them, but because they're good people. Is this a result of their beliefs? I don't know. I also see the likes of Malcolm X, who was "saved," in his own words, by religion, and continued to be a religious person throughout his life. There are also people such as the Dalai Lama, who I have much respect for, and are very religious.
I simply feel that I cannot condemn religion, because of the good it's done, but I cannot condone religion, because of the evils it can cause.
Whew! That felt good to get out! You have my permission to laugh at; respond to; not respond to; ignore; print out and burn, physically consume, liquify; or plagarize the above two paragraphs.