An Ancient Japanese Shrine Debuts a Buddhist Robot
Kyoto, Japanâ€™s ancient former capital, is home to temples, shrines, and imperial gardens. As the birthplace of Japanese tradition, the city attracts some 53 million tourists every year.
Recently, the famed 400-year old Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto unveiled a modern makeover. The worldâ€™s first sutra-chanting android deity, modelled after Kannon the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, was introduced to the public last week. Kannon is worshiped by thousands of temples in Japan as a deity who helps people in distress; now the countryâ€™s fascination with robotics has made its way into that worship.
Kodaiji Temple Administrator Tensho Goto wanted to spread the word of Buddhism to a younger generation losing touch with the tradition. He enlisted the help of pioneer Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, head of intelligent robotics at Osaka University, who has made a name for himself in robotic research on the world stage....
I don't remember all the differences between the variance of the Japanese Buddhist beliefs and the rest of the Buddhist world, but it's obvious that they are much more warlike. Thinking about it, the major for Far Eastern religions of Confucianism and Buddhism are agnostic/atheistic, but folk religions can have ghosts and spirits and that sort of thing.
Again if I remember right the three monkeys often decorate Buddhist temples.
Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your son, and your daughters, and bring them to me. And all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf and they said, this is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
"Buddhists seek to reach a state of nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BC. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible."
So worshiping a robot is about as effective as any of the religious(?) ''pursuits'' which the buddhist might occupy his time with here on earth.
Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."
1Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
The Japanese are dying out--more are dying than are being born, and they are very tough on migration. A new bill allowing greater immigration is under debate in their Congress, with a lot of opposition from the people. I saw a story on NHK News that gas stations serving smaller communities have to use robots to continue in service. And they do like robots, which was why they had the old comic 'Robot Boy' which in the US was called 'Atom Boy'
From what I understand, Shintoism, unlike Christianity and other Western belief systems, does not posit a significant distinction between the animate and inanimate. Therefore, man is nothing special.
This explains why Marie Kondo, a Japanese expert on home organizing (and a former temple maiden), may have good ideas, but also thinks we should offer thanks to household objects for "helping." If this isn't a 2nd Commandment problem, then I don't know what could be, Rom. 1:25.