February 26, 2018
Surprising literally no one, the Japs have created an AI robot-deity that they now worship in a Buddhist temple.
Exactly as my Chinese cartoons predicted that they would.
A Japanese robot has been created to preach the teachings of Buddha in colloquial language at the Kodaiji Temple in the ancient city of Kyoto.
The humanoid robot is modeled after Kannon Bodhisattva, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The robot’s name is Mindar and it gave its first speech on the Heart Sutra, a key scripture in Buddhist teaching. The Japan Times reported that the teachings spoken by the robot offer a path to “overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions and realise perfect nirvana.”
As Mindar gave its speech on the Heart Sutra and humanity, English and Chinese subtitles were projected on the wall as music played in the background.
The chief steward of the temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward Tensho Goto during a news conference said: “If an image of Buddha speaks, teachings of Buddhism will probably be easier to understand,”
He added: “We want many people to come to see the robot to think about the essence of Buddhism.”
Another official connected to the temple explained how the robot would “help people who usually have little connection with Buddhism to take an interest” in the religion.”
Hmm. See this is the problem with Buddhism.
I used to be really into Buddhism so I somewhat know what I’m talking about here.
There are some good parts, and to this day, I still reap the benefits of a few key concepts that I have internalized into my whole worldview.
The part about achieving a state of “no-mind” where you’re in the moment, and unconcerned with the future and the past really appealed to me. In fact, to this day, I think this is a very useful skill to develop – the ability to get your mind to shut up and just do instead of focusing on providing commentary and analysis. In particular, it helps brain-heavy eggheads turn off their noggin’ and focus instead on joggin’.
So that part’s cool, and I highly recommend/10.
But there are, however, shall we say, problematic parts to Buddhism that have to do with the concept of ego rejection.
Most sects of Buddhism push the whole idea of divine cosmic soup.
It’s what you’ll learn about after listening to literally any Alan Watts lecture picked at random.
And the idea is simple: there is this giant stew out there, and it’s on a medium flame. There will be little droplets that get continually spat out of the stew. And that’s you, and me and everyone on this planet.
We’re all these individual chicken broth droplets that came from the big communal pot of soup in the sky.
Imagine, if you will, that little droplet then becoming encased in a shell. Like, the broth inside a dumpling or the yolk inside an egg.
That shell is your ego.
It’s the thing keeping your yolk inside.
It’s the thing that makes you who you are, it differentiates and separates you from other consciousnesses.
Eventually, when you die, or if you achieve Nirvana, you can voluntarily dissolve that shell, and be returned to that giant soup pot again.
To put it in weeb terms: it’s like LCL from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
LCL is basically soup made out of people’s consciousness.
At the end of the show… SPOILER… the main character realizes that even though not having an ego is pretty sweet in some sense because you can connect to people and never feel alone, it is simply not the correct course for humanity to collectively return to that primordial cosmic soup.
He chooses to re-emerge from the LCL… and promptly proceeds to choke out a bitch who hasn’t been putting out for like 20 episodes.
I happen to agree with the main character’s decision at the end of NGE – especially the part where he chokes Asuka – and find the whole concept of Nirvana and losing your self, your ego, becoming just like everyone else a bit too… Asian for my taste.
This is really the same concept at play with the Borg in Star Trek.
Or in Deus Ex: Invisible War.
In fact, Nietzsche even addressed the whole Buddhist ideal and rejected it completely. He said that ego is good, ego is life, ego is master morality.
Since he’s the official spokes-philosopher for White people behind Jesus Christ and Ted Kaczynski, I take his words seriously.
Buddhism is incompatible with White Civilization because it has got that whole borg hivemind ideal that seems to be at the center of the religion and Asian culture in general.
I’d be interested in seeing if Buddhists will lead the charge towards humanity downloading itself into one shared consciousness – using technology to basically recreate that cosmic soup I mentioned earlier.
If we’re going to do the whole merging of consciousness thing, I say we let the Buddhists try it first – they’re already trail-blazers with their robot priests, so they’ll probably take the lead on this anyway.
And if it came down to it, I wouldn’t mind trying the whole Nirvana thing out, but only if we segregated along races.
Like, have separate pots on the stove, at the very least.