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On aliens

Last night I did a talk at the BSWA on “Loving-kindness and aliens”, which will be up on the website soon. By pure chance, I came across this article today, which discusses the issue, how would different religions cope with the discovery of aliens?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/religion-extraterrestrials-jesus-save-klingons/

Of course Buddhism is mentioned as a religion that is chill with aliens. But it doesn’t really acknowledge the fact that Buddhism, like other Indian religions, has a cosmology that not merely allows aliens, but assumes without question that life, sentient life, is found in countless places throughout the vast universe.

One thing aliens will, I have no doubt, share in common with us: they’ll suffer.

8 thoughts on “On aliens

  1. Hi Bhante,
    Some of the remarks in the article sound like something out of Monty Python. Hope people aren’t lacking a sense of humour (check out the short You Tube clip below):

    “Right. That’s a serious theological problem. Most theologians are pretty seriously averse to the idea that the son of God will have to visit every planet and get crucified on every planet.”

  2. “One thing aliens will, I have no doubt, share in common with us: they’ll suffer.”

    LOL!

    Yes, Bhante, I’m pretty sure they also suffer like we do. 😉

    With respect,

    Dheerayupa

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