User friendly Buddhism
Your telephone ‘mobile’ is user friendly. That’s because you carry it with you all the time, you can use it everywhere, it is easy to use, hence requires little effort (or energy) to operate, and gets the job done quickly. In other words, it is a highly efficient logic machine. Because your ‘mobile’ is such an efficient logic machine, its use is fundamentally short-lived, thus freeing you up (i.e. ‘delivering you’) to perform other, less logically efficient tasks.
Old Buddhism, i.e. the Sakya’s version, was extremely user unfriendly. It took simply ages (and a mountain of theoretical considerations invented over about 1000 years) to understand, there were 84000 different means (or routes) to attain the goal, that is to say, to end the task. And the goal/task was uncertain, i.e. ambiguous, hazy and so on (viz. the 4 Noble Truths). Since to complete the Buddhist task (namely the ending of suffering) amounted to an almost a- or non-logic process (like for instance, the hit-and-miss of the pigeon post) it took a serious amount of time and effort to complete the task. During that time the (serious) user was (and still is) rendered incapable of performing any other task. Because the Buddhist task was almost a- or non-logic (because ill-defined and/or open-ended), the (serious) user went into long-time trance (read: coma, as in the Jhanas) as he or she attempted task ending ≈ completion.
Consider that if you give your mobile an incomplete (i.e. undecided) number to call it will try for ages to find it. In the meantime, if the call is important, you cannot perform any other task. Try getting your computer to answer a fuzzy question.
Old Buddhism lasted so long because it was fundamentally a’logical, in short, it was a belief system (like Christianity, Islam et al) that served to generate trance (thus ending deleterious mental operations). However, solutions that arrive in trance (as in a dream) tend to be experienced as true, often as real. And that’s the point (or source of religious fanaticism).
Logic operations don’t last. They are started and ended, effortlessly. Logic systems don’t last, at least as surface (read: conscious) operations. The operations are repeated automatically (hence unconsciously), i.e. because sameness (i.e. non-randomness) is compressed out of actual (i.e. real, surface) operation. Once a logic system is installed (below consciousness ≈ an active self-monitoring device, hence ‘out of sight, out of mind’) it does not require attention and servicing, hence uses up minimum energy, all of which makes it extremely friendly.
New Buddhism, the Maitreya Buddha’s version, is a logic system. It explains how bio-logic systems work. It’s easy to understand, easy to use and its outcome (or goal/task) is clearly stated. New Buddhism, i.e. the means of ending suffering, comes with the equipment (or BOS) at birth, that is to say, as Original Setting sub-function. It is available for application at all times and in any situation. Old Buddhism and its means came (and comes) into play when the means of New (i.e. original) Buddhism were (or are) disabled.
The Old Buddha suggested that his means served to re-enable (or rehabilitate) bio-non-logical systems to perfect logical functioning, and which to him (and a child of his time) meant the absolute cessation of function (to wit: ‘the ending of this mass of suffering, i.e. life). In fact his means merely served to side-line (i.e. put on stand-by ≈ nirvana) the user (as bio-logical machine), thereby (temporarily in the lay user and permanently in the fully dedicated Buddhist monk) eliminating the suffering (as unpleasant signal) caused by the user’s failure to complete a (or THE) bio-logical task.
In short, Old Buddhism applied a user unfriendly operation to attain a temporary salvation (i.e. as respite or release ≈ deliverance) from the unpleasant affect (i.e. Pali :dukkha) of ‘failure to complete’.
Failure (i.e. less than @best) to end the task (of the bio-logical machine), namely transmuting chaos into order, is registered by a bio-logical machine as a relative drop of available energy, which in turn signalled to the user by the (high-level language of the) various intensities of unpleasant feeling, e.g. sorrow, suffering, anguish, misery, i.e. as the various emotional components of psychological depression; or more simply and effectively, by physical pain.
Success (i.e. @best) at task ending is registered by a bio-logical machine as a relative increase of energy, i.e. as an energy surge (elsewhere called enlightenment), signalled by the user’s Guide & Control System as happiness, joy, rapture, i.e. by elation; or more simply and effectively by physical pleasure.
Since the Old Buddha sought to explain and eliminate merely the signal for ‘failure to complete’ (to wit: suffering), he failed to explain and eliminate the cause of that failure, namely, the disabling of the originally installed program for bio-logical task completion. The cause of failure which he proposed, namely his two ‘liberating insights, were but a cotton loincloth.
The user friendly Maitreya Buddhism returns a disabled (hence non-logic) system to (original) factory settings so that it can re-enable itself as a perfect logic machine capable of ending any task, thereby avoiding the unpleasant signals AND generating pleasant, or joyful signals.
Obviously, Old Buddhism, complete with fancy dress, Himalayan trumpets, Japanese Tea Ceremonies, 84000 meditations and seriously abstruse rites and rituals is more fun for those who dread attaining a logic outcome (i.e. sammasambodhi) and being forced to live with its consequences.