Comparative Religion You said, "In Western religion, seeking a spiritual home is often thought of in terms of truth." Not trying to be too picky, but I think most people seeking a a spiritual home in the West do it for community, convenience, family support or other much more mundane reasons than "truth". Thus in that sense, they are also pragmatic. But you are right that most theologian types look at "true doctrine". You said, "I believe that all Buddhist sects are valid." How would you determine "validity"? Without some measure, we could say this of all Christianities or Hinduisms." Buddhist traditions (I am thinking of many Shin) vary widely enough so as to make this claim seem too broad. What do you think? But as you said, this post is meant for Buddhist, so perhaps these are not points to bring up any further.