I am a Western Mahayana Buddhist (Zen) and member of the above mentioned Mercuræn Order. The Mercuræn idea that we are fallen Lucifers nicely parallels the Buddhist idea of unawakened Bodhisattvas. The separation of our consciousness from the objective universe parallels the Buddhist practice of anatta--this objective thing is not my Self, that objective thing is not my Self. I use the Buddhist apophatic approach to self, as nibbana is beyond concepts. Becoming a Mercuræn Luciferian has really helped me to understand Buddhism better, as well as providing many additional methods I haven't found within Buddhism. Regarding the other thoughts presented within our order--trying to understand other points of view will often lead to unexpected insights--even if you don't entirely agree with the other idea presented. Regarding the problems faced within this practice--I haven't had any problem from other Buddhists at all. I originally got a lot of flack from other members of my order due to misunderstanding and outright misrepresentation of Buddhism, but that has improved. I've really made a lot of progress, and am still learning.