Ouija Board: What moves the planchette?

Below is a video by National Geographic on the ouija board.

The ouija (/ˈwiːdʒə/ WEE-jə), also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words “yes”, “no”, “hello” (occasionally), and “goodbye”, along with various symbols and graphics.

It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic) as a movable indicator to indicate a spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance.

 

So what moves the planchette?  Is it really spirits from beyond?  Ghosts of our loved ones, demons, gods?  Some religions consider the ouija board to be occult and dangerous and have even banned their followers from using it.  Is it really dangerous?  Who are we reaching out to with the ouija board?

Watch the video clip below and find out.

 

 

Stephen Hawking makes it clear: There is no God

Stephen Hawking concludes that there is no God.
Some people feel uneasy about this, as it seem to challenge their belief system. Does the fact that Stephen Hawking is a scientist make such a statement even more of a challenge?

Photo from computerworld.com

In Buddhism, there is no belief in God, as in creator God(s) who is responsible for our existence. Some may feel that a world view without a God makes our life bleak and meaningless, or at the very least amoral. But we are very capable of good and morality with or without a belief in God.

What do you think?

Hawking said: “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”

I’m not sure whether there was a specific moment in which science overtook the deistic explanation of existence. However, El Mundo pressed him on the suggestion in “A Brief History of Time” that a unifying theory of science would help mankind “know the mind of God.”

Hawking now explained: “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God. Which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/stephen-hawking-makes-it-clear-there-is-no-god/

Of Rebirth, Karma, and a Cockcroach

 

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A few days ago I saw a post in a facebook group about this article by an ex-catholic-buddhist Paul Williams, who was born a Catholic, converted to Buddhism for 30 years and converted back after 30 years of Buddhist studies, practices and learning in the Tibetan tradition.*

The post drew 100+ comments and quickly went past 200 within a few days.  After reading through some of the comments which escalated to name callings and several links to other articles, including one by Ajahn Sujato, I decided to leave a note.

Below is my comment in the thread. Read More …

Different people, different strokes

Tonight as I retired for the day, I saw on facebook a comment that mentioned me (Ven Chuan Guan).
I was like … hmmm?

Taking a look at the original post https://www.facebook.com/yiantay/posts/10152138416583927 , it was just a Vesak well wishes by Yian Probsolver Tay.  Things sure escalated quickly.

Below is my reply that I decided deserves a blog entry of its own. 🙂

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Going, Going, … … Gone?

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A fellow Buddhist posted a comment on my facebook page about the decline of Buddhism in Singapore.
I wrote some comments and it grew so long, I decided to share it here.  haha 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/wakeupnow/posts/10152484859734008

Again, thanks for sharing about the decline of Buddhism in Singapore and your thoughts on it.

Many people echo your concerns and observations.  I myself grew up with many Christian friends and had many wonderful friends and colleagues who were Christians.  Even back then, it seems Christians are everywhere!  The funny thing is that I was quite often mistaken for being a Christian!! haha … I believe it could partly be because of my group of friends but also due to my more outspoken nature and my slightly “gan-dang” (potato), which was back then quite atypical of Buddhists in general.

Much like society is not something other than us, Buddhism is not something out there apart from us Buddhists.  Buddhism is us.  If Buddhism is declining, it is because we are declining.  If there is a perception that there are few Buddhists around, maybe it is because, for better or worse, we Buddhists do not stand up to be seen.

There has always been a stigma that if one let others know that we are Buddhists, then we would be sidelined at work.  ha!  There is nothing further to the truth than this!  When I finished my studies and started work, I was pretty forthcoming about myself being a Buddhist.  And interestingly, many of my colleagues came forward to ask about Buddhism and share with me that they are Buddhists too! 🙂

Buddhist parents also tell me that they let their children have the freedom to choose their own religion and so they don’t bring them to the temple to learn about Buddhism.  That is like going to the voting booth and not know anything about who we are voting for!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having the freedom of choice.  For that matter, one cannot be forced into Buddhism, for being a Buddhist is really about the conscious choice of choosing to living in a wholesome manner, filled with love and compassion, grounded in wisdom!

Buddhist parents have the responsibility to educate their children in the Dharma so that when they come of age to choose their religion for themselves, they can choose wisely!!

Today, many can be a Buddhist all their life and not know a thing about Buddhism.  Buddhists need to know about the teachings of the Buddha and apply it in their life to benefit from being a Buddhist!  If we experience the liberating joy of the Dharma, we will know it in our heart that the Truth that the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Arahants experienced and taught, is indeed the Truth!  And no matter how many others give up the religion “Buddhism”, no one can take away or change the unshakable Truth.

Then all is ok. 🙂

Terror Strikes Mahabodhi Temple Despite Intelligence Warnings

A sad moment.  Hope the Dharma brothers and sisters who are hurt is recovering well.
Please stop this violence here and now.

This only goes to show what
can happen when we are driven by hatred.
No matter what religion you have, let us all develop love and compassion for fellow human beings.

14.47 pm: Security alert sounded at Indo-Nepal border
An alert has been sounded on the Indo-Nepal border after nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

District Magistrate K V Pandiyan said police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have been alerted after the terror attack and they have been asked to maintain a vigil on the border.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/serial-blasts-bodhgaya-in-bihar-mahabodhi-temple/1/287300.html