I might post more next time. This is a controversial thread that may draw heated responses. One of the issues in Buddhism is that for Shakyamuni Buddha --- who has already attained Nirvana --- can he still appear to people and communicate to them, or can he still hear our prayers? In Buddhist circles, even monks disagree on this. And since some monks are respected teachers with followers, their followers don't like it if their teachers seem to be contradicted by the teachings of other Buddhist teachers or if their teachers prove to be wrong. I think it is important to be able to admit one is wrong if one is really wrong, rather than to try to protect the reputation of the teacher involved, no matter how established. A Buddhist teacher and his followers should put the interests of Buddha over the interests of their own egos.