Speaking only for myself:
I only want to encourage fully informed consent
in these matters. For me, this involves some real reflection on the roots, history, and present practice of buddhism.
Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael, talks a lot about what he calls the 'salvationist' religions of civilization. Buddhism tries to "save you" from suffering, Christianity tries to save you from 'sin', etc. Problem #1: These religions essentially exist to mitigate the misery of the civilized life, and looking around us, they may or may not do this, but they certainly don't dare address the underpinnings of the WAY of life. Animism doesn't try to save you from anything; much as Taoism, it just enables you to live well in the world.
Another common thread: the salvationist religions separate humans from the world of nature. Buddhism separates the world into "sentient" and "non-sentient" beings, a notion fundamentally alien to animism. From what I understand 'sentient' literally comes from the root 'to feel', as in 'sentimental', 'sense', etc.
And as I pointed out in the Ken Wilbur thread, Zen Buddhist monks did the same evangelical purging of the shamans and folk elders among the indigenous peoples of China (etc.) as happened in the New World, and everywhere civilization has gone with its folk religions. As I quoted there:
Zen masters were known for encountering and overcoming irregular or heretical religious figures, such as hermits, shamans, and "dangerous women". The irregular recluses and wizards occupied mountain landscapes, and practiced some form of meditation or austerity that led to the attainment of supranormal powers, such as mind-reading or the ability to interpret visions. These practitioners resembled the Zen masters, who were also celebrated for taming natural and supernatural forces, including magical animals, local gods, and demons who controlled access to the inner recesses of the mountains and could prevent the opening of the sacrality of the mountain to the Buddhist Dharma. Zen masters used many methods to prevail over indigenous powers...
What do we do with this info? Especially knowing that Buddhism has many ridiculously insightful and amazing things to say about how the human mind works, how to deal with fear, distraction, etc.?
I don't know! Much like many issues of rewilding, I think simply admitting and understanding the underlying issues precedes any ability to move forward from there, much like understanding that producing more food to 'feed the starving millions' will always (has always) created more starving millions - but that doesn't mean to 'let them starve', that means to make choices on informed consent.
Whew! Well, you asked, you know.
One man's opinion.