He keeps on saying things boasting himself, repeatedly, it’s a form of brainwashing.
Better it is to actually lay out a set of doctrine which makes sense to end suffering. But he didn’t do that. I think he might had been to attached to the idea of self, the delusion of self and either didn’t learn about the 2 truths doctrine of how conventional self is used as mere label and ultimately, no self exist. Or that he couldn’t make sense of it.
Anyway, one can also just judge by the disrespect he has for the various Pāli scholars, Buddhist teachers and monastics. It’s clear that he is not trying to guide people out of what he thinks is false dhamma from inside Buddhism, but to just mislead people who has little knowledge of Buddhism to have doubt and wrong view.
So the antidote to that, read the suttas! Don’t read it with his poisonous ideas as lens.
Ps. Sorry I know we are not supposed to critique the person, but the issue, but just pointing out his views and tactics.
On the point of him accusing current Buddhism as atomism for denying soul.
The atomist teacher in Buddha’s time taught that a sword going through a human body doesn’t kill, but merely goes in between the atoms. That’s clearly a denial of law of kamma, as well as denying suffering.
Buddhism teaches kamma, teaches dependent origination, teaches suffering and the way out of suffering. Death is suffering. Killing is a concept known in Buddhism, which is why we have the first precept.
The reductionism of physics is not denied by Buddhism, but it’s just that it’s not enough to describe the world. The atomists of ancient India are missing basic ethics.
The usage of brahma by the Buddha doesn’t mean the brahman of Hinduism or the goal is to become brahma like in brahma realm, but the buddha said the real brahma is actually arahant.
Like redefining the goal using common term. Example superheroes. Clearly the aim of Buddhism is not to literally develop supernormal powers and fight crime like in the movies, although the superpowers part is literally possible.
But the real superpower is destruction of the taints. And the ultimate way to reduce crime is to not be reborn. No possibility of being a criminal in any future existence.
So we might co-opt the word superheroes to say that the arahants are the real superheroes, for making a real difference, rather than the current superheroes in movies who saved this universe, but has to do it again in the next universe cycle, again and again. Not permanently moving people out of danger.
Pss. Also, he seems to use the term soul to mean mind. I am not sure about it, it’s painful to listen to him.