Topic / Buddhism

Boiling wok stunt claims the life of a Malaysian medium

The funeral took place today of a Taoist medium – Lim Ba, 68 – who died while performing a human steaming ritual as part of a Nine Emperor Gods prayer session in Malaysia. The ritual, according to the Telegraph, involved Lim Ba sitting on a wooden platform above a bubbling wok covered by a giant […]

Buddhists’ religious ceremony caused environmental damage

Two Buddhists who who released foreign crustaceans into the sea at the UK resort of Brighton as part of a religious ceremony have been fined almost £15,000 for causing ‘untold damage’ to the environment. According to this Guardian report, Londoners Zhixiong Li, an estate agent, and Ni Li, a City banker – both pictured above […]

So, which religion is right?

Eighty-four percent of the world’s population (5.8 billion out of 6.9 billion in 2010) are affiliated to one religion in some form. Seventy-seven percent identify themselves as a member of one of the five widely recognised world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. With over 4,300 religions spanning the Earth, how can people be […]

Not much wisdom

There’s this idea that even if you’re not a believer and you don’t see Holy Books as divinely dictated, still they’re a good source of wisdom. I’m not convinced of that. There’s a lot of gorgeous language in the King James translation of the Bible, to be sure, and some of the remarks attributed to […]

Man faces jail for pulling the plug on Buddhist broadcast

Dutch citizen Klaas Haytema, 30, above, is awaiting trial on a charge of insulting religion by disconnecting an amplifier broadcasting a late-night sermon from a Buddhist hall in the tourist city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar. Haytema, according to this report, silenced the amplifier because: I wanted to sleep desperately. I couldn’t stand the noise. […]

More young folk in Singapore are proving resistant to religion

The Catholic Church, along with other denominations, have apparently hit a brick wall in Singapore, where increasing numbers of savvy young people are shunning religion. According to a this report, a new study shows that those who said they had no religious affiliation constituted 18.5 per cent of the resident population in 2015 – up […]

And on the first day, I was an atheist

This is the story of my not so spiritual journey. Let us begin with my upbringing. I was raised in what can be described as an agnostic theist environment. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s when you believe in a god (or gods), but don’t feel you can know for sure whether it, or […]

Unlike his predecessor, aged 200, this monk is truly dead

Last year snorts of derision echoed across the globe when high level Buddhists claimed that a 200-year-old monk found mummified in Mongolia was not in fact dead, but in a state of deep meditation. Well, another mummified monk is now in the news, having recently been exhumed from the vat in which he was placed […]

Godless kids more generous & tolerant

A new American study indicates that young children brought up in faith-free environments are more likely to be generous and tolerant than those who grow up in religious households. Published in the Current Biology journal, The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World‘s findings are in line with previous research among adults […]

Church of the Sword in fresh court battle

New Hampshire’s godless Church of the Sword (COTS) will soon learn whether its bid to be recognised as a ‘true’ religious entity has been successful. The church – famous for its pies and playful sword fights – last week went to the New Hampshire Supreme Court to appeal an early court ruling that said COTS […]