Recently I found this article on the Interwebs about a robotic Buddhist teacher in China. Personally, I like the idea of mixing ancient Buddhist teachings with modern technology.  

Buddhism and technology is not a new subject but usually people assume that traditonal Buddhism is not compatible with 21st century, high-tech, consumerist lifestyles. But I think the Washington Post article shows that traditional Buddhism can thrive and adapt to modern industrialized societies thanks to caring and dedicated people. 

Concepts like mettā (goodwill), saṃsāra (aimless wandering) and sīla (personal conduct) are timeless and pertain to us as much as they do to people who lived many centuries ago in a different culture and place. The challenge for us Buddhists is how to transmit these teachings fluently to a 21st century audience whole remaining faithful to the spirit of the traditional Dharma. There’s no easy solution here, but examples like the Washington Post article above show that people are finding a way. 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

3 thoughts on “Robo-Buddhism”

  1. Good novelty item for Christmas. I wonder who in the high end market are its potential customers? But maybe I am jumping the gun. No Chinese factory is mentioned, yet. And it would seem more ethical to give them away to orphanages.


  2. I suppose what I am getting at is a comment I read, if prayers were sufficient to change the world and by extension I think sermons, and recorded messages, the world would have been changed into a paradise a loooooooooong time ago. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. Deeds of sterling quality are necessary.


  3. and this guidance towards appropriate, planned, guided cooperative action which brings about the betterment of the human condition is what I am most concerned for encouraging. I don’t think it is by coincidence that the industrial Revolution happened in the West. This is because part of the Prophet’s message in the East was incomplete, or it was complete for the time and place, but mankind evolves and requires further instruction, guidance at new levels of complexity (yeah underneath there is fundamental simplicity, but….)


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