Wait for it; it's coming... roboreligion.

What am I talking about? Well, K.M. spotted this important little article and I had to blog about it, because as you can tell, this week the focus of articles people were sending me seemed to have been AI, robots, analogue systems, and coming changes to society and culture. In this case, a robot-"priest" in a Buddhist temple in Japan:

Robot priest added to 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Japan: 'It will grow in wisdom'

Now, get this:

A 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is using a $1 million humanoid to reach a younger generation, but foreigners are repulsed by it.

The Kodaji Temple, in a partnership with the robotics team at Osaka University, unveiled "Mindar" earlier this year. The robot is a 6-foot tall android, made of silicon and aluminum and modeled after Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy who preaches what is called the "Heart Sutra" in Japanese, with English and Chinese translations projected on a screen for tourists.

"Artificial intelligence has developed to such an extent we thought it logical for the Buddha to transform into a robot," Tensho Goto, the chief steward of the temple, told AFP. "Obviously a machine doesn't have a soul, but Buddhist faith isn't about believing in God. It's about following Buddha's path, so it doesn't matter whether it is represented by a machine, a scrap of iron or a tree."

Now, I'm not a Buddhist, but know a few people who are, and I cannot imagine them as being entirely comfortable with this development, notwithstanding the attempt to rationalize and justify this development by an appeal to Buddhist tradition and doctrine. But the development is there, and it's only a matter of time before the nutters in charge of the "progressivized churches" will think this is a good idea and jump on the bandwagon. After all, it's a way to "save money" on the overhead expense of having to pay clergy salaries. In the post-Vatican II world, where it became possible to fulfill "masses of obligation" by attending the Saturday afternoon "quickie" mass lasting all of thirty-five minutes, and in a world where some Protestant churches actually proposed (and I believe in a few cases implemented) "drive through communion," why not? Indeed, with the technocratic push to recognize robots as "legal persons," the pressure could be put on churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples to recognize this status within their communities (or lose their tax exemption), and viola! one can remove the last vestiges of humanity from the few institutions that might have been capable of opposing the galloping rush into transhumanist madness. Many of those progressivized institutions have already "recognized" the whole transgender effort, and indeed, some "Anglican" "bishops" sport mitres in the rainbow colors to show how inclusive they are. Having torn down traditional ordination, what's to prevent them from "ordaining" a robot to the ministry? Answer: nothing whatsoever. How convenient it would be for diocesan bishops to have robo-co-adjutors to travel the diocese and perform confirmations and so on, or pre-record a sermon for the robo-rabbi to deliver at temple, or robo-moyls/mohalim for bris. I know that sounds insane, but we're already in the world of the sex robot, so why not?

And, while we're crawling to the end of the twig of high octane speculation, we might as well acknowledge that the coming move to robo-deacons, robo-presbyters, robo-bishops, robo-rabbis and robo-moyls will provoke yet more resistance, and it will provoke something else. Earlier this week I blogged about the efforts to extend the legal definitions of personhood to encompass and incorporate any machine-AI entity as a tool, or "extension" of persons. As robot costs come down, one can thus even envision a point when members of parishes, synagogues, and so on, will send their robot-avatar to church or temple to fulfill their "spiritual obligations." Wait for it, it's coming.

OK. Rant over. See you on the flip side...



Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. BetelgeuseT-1 on August 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Perhaps the “chief steward” of the temple did it more for monetary reward than anything else. Upkeep of the Buddhist (or Shinto temples for that matter) is intense and expensive, so any extra money is welcome.
    Would not be surprised that they have been paid substantial money for allowing this android onto the premises. He will say anything to justify the decision as long as the money arrives.
    Nor would I be surprised that priest Tensho Goto is a plant, or that his “priest hood” is just one of many jobs (as many of them do).

    If you have a population that love their robot pets, then having them accept a robot priest is just another step on the Trans-humanist ladder. Now, is that a step up or down?

  2. BetelgeuseT-1 on August 29, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    What a fascinating – and at the same time disturbing – article this is, including its many comments.
    Not at all surprising to see this “robo-religion” having its start in Japan, a country so utterly indoctrinated over the past 150 years with Western culture and technological direction. Not just applicable to religion, but their society as a whole.

    Japan DID not industrialize, it WAS industrialized.

    Same as we’re now seeing in China for the past 30 years and I would propose that Vietnam is next (already happening, the next country to buy billions of US bonds in exchange for technology and re-education, and probably a military base to boot).

    But back to Japan. Goshawks & Matthew said it so well and I totally share their sentiments. I’ve been to Japan many times and see the decline, especially in the big cities.
    Japan has been hollowed out from the inside, with their population concerning themselves with the most trivial matters while failing to see how their culture is being destroyed.
    Where you have a McD’s and a traditional Japanese soba shop next to each other, and guess which one is full to the brim while the other is near empty?
    This is especially so true of Japanese youth who are just totally infatuated with anything western, whether it be food, clothing, gadgets and even language. More and more English creeping into the beautiful Japanese language where they don’t even call their parents okaa-san or otoo-san anymore, no now it’s in English. All of this heavily promoted on Japanese TV.
    Goshawks mentioned the decline in Japanese architecture. I can think of no better example of that than the Japanese parliament building. If the shape and general look of that building don’t give away who the real powers in the shadows are, then I don’t know what will.
    Or the dress-sense of their emperor and parliamentarians for that matter (in their long-tailed suit jackets) and the empress wearing the silly hats).

    IMO, all very, very sad.
    And in recent terms, this all kicked off hundreds of years ago.

  3. zendogbreath on August 28, 2019 at 12:14 am
    THX 1138 (3/10) Movie CLIP – The Confession (1971) HD

    good call. wow. been thinking about that one alot lately.
    forgot about the fact that we had phone booths when this came out. that alone left an impression in my young mind back then. just remembered this.

    curious. how many folk today would be fooled by such a simple recording as this one? how much more sophisticated does an animated personality got to be to pass the turing test? how much more damaged does the population need to be to lower this threshold?

    • chris on September 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      But recall the fact that they are all drugged-up by government mandate, so I would imagine less likely to care about the ‘realness’ of the projection etc.

  4. Scott S on August 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    The fundamental point of AI is not making computers more like humans, but rather making humans more like computers. The more humans interact with AI the less they are able to question and the less they are able to conceive of their creator.

  5. chris on August 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

    When I read this post, all I could think about was that scene in THX1138 (great film, I think) where we see the main character go to the ‘church’ which is presided over by a recording repeating banalities such as ‘Blessings of the State’ and a projection of a Jesus face. Very robotic.

  6. zendogbreath on August 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Yep, Richard and Pierre,
    It’s curiouser and curiouser the direction and extent all thinks are going. I mentioned horsetail for good reason that is getting harder to look up everyday. It’s one of our best sources of silica and helps calcium metabolism among a list of other thinks (including stronger nails). Like I said that kind of information is getting quickly harder to find.

    At the same time that the old rule that “if man can imagine something it will happen” seems to happen more and more, it feels like the public gets it less and less. Talk about the persons of interest being established on the net, how might an entire philosophy get attacked? Um, do we really need examples? Falun Gong and organ donor systems much in your social credit score system?

    Feels like each place on earth has a slightly different slant on the whole path to hell in a handbasket trip. How obvious can a sneaky government get to make it a ten year offense to watch a video? It all gets so Solzhenitsyn so fast from so many angles. Each of us in turn thinks the slippery slope doesn’t apply to our situation and that the tipping point is going to get reached and then the systematized will rise up against the system.

    Ahem. Did anyone here WANT a smart phone? Does anyone here work at a regular making a living job not have a smart phone? Folk like amazing Lucas are already arguing that social scores are already here in the US. Just like that people you meet that don’t have internet or don’t have smart phones are considered like people who don’t have a toilet in their house.

    Ok. Thank you. That’s my rant. And it establishes me further on that social score scale that I’ve already done so phenomenally well on. Now’s my usual poser. If anything we can imagine is being done, (that’s usually sited about weapons makers) then how is the good thangs we desire being imagined and done for and with us? That ain’t a woowoo thought. The way is present. Just like quitting sugar and ammonia laced cigarettes. I know from experience, there is a way. It may not look like it and that’s strictly a function of how we are looking at it. From this angle it looks like a problem. From the proper perspective all that will be visible is the solution.

  7. Pierre on August 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    “Nah. Someone will make baby robots people can send in lieu of their kids to church”

    Will not be legal to have robot kids in Australia soon….

    peds (reds) under the bed scare tactics at work here.

    then there will be made illegal the information (only) to print them… just like it is with 3d gun printing here and now.

  8. RAJM on August 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Considering that we have debated the possibility that humanity is an engineered entity one could argue we are not so at odds with our AI android brethren. After all, a splice, pinch and mix of homo whatever with wherever and upload a neural net – hey presto humanity version 2.0.231. Marduk re measured the deep and found us wanting

  9. Richard on August 25, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Not one to add a flash point to your “high octane Speculations,” but am up for a rant about Si and AI.

    And people wonder why many Japanese follow Shinto, or Shintoism, “the way of the Kami,” to distinguish themselves from following the path of Buddha and Buddhism. Spiritualism makes all the difference between being junk and Being. One need not necessarily observe an organized religion by name and ritual to be a spiritual person, but at least they’ll know the difference between someone’s concoction of molded parts from raw materials and presence of Being. That’s not to say that Silicon (Si) does not have a part in that which is, it does. Whether people will embrace clergy of silicon one wonders, but as for the surveillance that will be conducted by these presumptive deacons of silicon one has to also wonder what was built into that facsimile of worship that the passive ignorant will not be privy to.

    Silicon, in several of its forms, shows up throughout history dating back to at least pre-dynastic Ancient Egypt and before. It’s part of quartz crystal, part of granite, Get yourself a team together composing of geologists, chemists, electrical engineers, physicists, and biologists, among several (the wider in scope and talents, the better) and one will have some idea of how interesting the use of silicon has become, especially, in Silicon Valley.

    Suddenly nearly most things in use are involved with Si. The mating of Si with AI, . . . Well, . . . one can see why there are some peculiar concerns about where all this is going besides rotating on an axis, precessionally wobbling keeping precession on a calendar, orbiting the Sol Star, subtly moving within a Bary-center motion involving Sol, moving within the galaxy with Sol, and so on and on. It almost seems impossible for humankind to be moving thousands of miles per hour as it does for there to be machine learning. Not to worry, the human form seems well adapted so far for moving and much of that Silicon stuff in form is concocted by you-know-who most of the time. Manufacturers have an important role in the making of Si parts and AI for carrying out instructions from code. One wonders whether AI of Silicon has the finer movements of brushstrokes Mandarin needs within their form of MUSCULAR motion.

    Who or What seems to be infiltrators at Google needs to be ferreted out instead of just pointing one’s digital finger at the Silicon Valley entity named Google. In the last business and economic analysis, which state sponsored entity should Google play business with from Silicon Valley outward. Clearly, these mis-directions about algorithms instigating havoc in all manner and form have human and petaflopping plus resources at their disposal. That’s not to say some people at Google and / or their affiliates are not experimenting with code for quantum level applications haphazardly and / or with deliberate outcomes to see effects in and on unknown territory. It would seem excessively shallow to suggest that they are fully aware of intents and purposes after the [ENTER] key has been initiated. Asserted plausible deniability has limits no matter the clever one and interface method. Mistakes are not exempt in coding, either.

    Some of the activity suggests Party controlling aspects of the Orient which seems as if an insidious and subtle petaflopper tweaking that has yet to understand the difference between those brush-stroke characters and thought-form of transliteration techniques the organic brain knows. Peta floppers do not seem to be able to master them in the hear and now. Pity! Betcha they were showing PROMIS through their PRIZM but neglected to tone up their MUSCULAR support system copies. Zay zeem to have a mizmatch zay did not know how to do. Perhaps backwards is forwards for zehm in prizm to PRISM, but which one to turn to or keep turned for that plausible deniability to escape the courtroom bench of a real people judge. They’re not up to wubble-u’s, v’s or f’s just yet.

    Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and tandemly Speech/Voice Recognition are also well along the development path and should not be ignored when referring to artificial intelligence (AI) as a primary culprit in association with its coder(s). Transliteration is part of those recognition schemes. That combination of speech, visual, recognition centers within the brain (Wernicke, Broca’s area, visual cortex, to name several activities in play).

    One will pose questions not getting outwardly asked, “How will Google reclaim its technological sovereignty it had before its exposure to China trade and infiltration, especially, remote infiltration by their Mandarin peta floppers abroad?” “Who’s hacking who today with state sponsored resources while secreting away sources and methods and not deliberately drawing attention to cause and effects of those secrets as they maintain plausible deniability?” “Who, or perhaps, what is to be paid homage within the shrine and to whom?”

    It’s been suggested that ephemeral experiences and thought-forms play unique roles with the user interface experience(s). To date, very elusive, almost as if evading something of consequence yet to be defined. One can remember the days of “Scanners (Part 1,2, and 3) where the use of Ephemeral was needed for human scanners to maintain some control of mind-thought-brain. But, “Who would have thought that the term [ephemeral] it would be used for split second information flow to evade capture for prosecution?”

    • zendogbreath on August 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Makes me wanna drink some horsetail tea.

      Richard, did you get a chance to hear out Dana Ashlie on this one?

      Seems like a not so subtle shift from carbon based to silicon based biology, no?

      • Richard on August 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm

        Just did.
        Interesting video. Like most things today considered controversial, a controlled laboratory environment seems hard to find that will differentiate cause and effect of an experiment or event from the ambient surroundings and their contributions to the experiment or event without insider privilege. Certainly not without the resources to fund and support it along with non-affiliated professional people who are not subject to or becoming persons of interest or nefariously coerced toward a certain slant. Then there’s the Cloud and its many manifestations from water cycle condensation to cyber computations. It more than wisps around the networks looking for things or depositing bits nad bytes.

        What modern media and social platforms have inadvertently created are a vast pool of persons-of-interest where law enforcement is concerned because at anytime, anywhere, and anyplace, anyone once connected can become not only a person-of-interest but a person-of-influence – Essentially, a person-of-consequence(s) with their loyal following or perhaps underlings with a goal. Some say sharing like mindedness. For decades now, one has had reservations about such thought-form sharing propped up as “mind games” as well as what effects that might have on an unsuspecting population. Most folks are ignorant to this later weirdness of the psyche at cradle’s start as their frontal lobes need something of an education of experience.

        They’re also bloody dangerous under an unscrupulous tutelage when the rules are made up as one goes along the path of Alice or from one who sits on a wall preaching what meaning should and should not be only to fall and shatter to pieces not able to be put back together again. Learning that simple lesson early on does much to reduce unintended harm on self and others. But what about the global population that has doubled since the sixties and seventies and coincides with phenomenal developments in cyber communications no longer fiction from comics and screen.

        The hint of an analogy or comparison – carbon and silicon – is not so far off as a chemist would inform one that silicon is part of the carbon family. Needn’t take my word for it. Some folks might suggest that a transition from carbon-based life forms to silicon-based life forms is already in development. One would suggest that there already has been programming of thought-form in that regard. If there’s one thing most will agree is that biology – life – is very creative and adaptable.

  10. Kelly Em on August 24, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    There is, in the buddhist idea of dharmata, something to the non-living/living nature of existence. Robots are encoded human engineering, warts and all. they are nonliving/living.

    This tragic opening is created by buddhism’s detachment; tailor-made for transhumanism. The great missed opportunity in buddhism is a focus on the human person. But no, it focuses on the attainment of awareness to the empty quality of self. in that tradition, the robot is inherent nonself.

    Now we know why there has been such an effort and support for buddhism in the West, literally billions of dollars spent since 1960.

    The tragedy of the human person continues to unfold, brought to you by soulless humans with no empathy or loving kindness, their buddha natures drowning in evil.

    • goshawks on August 24, 2019 at 11:24 pm

      Wow. Your conception of Buddhism is greatly different from mine:
      “The eight parts of the path to liberation are grouped into three essential elements of Buddhist practice – moral conduct, mental discipline, and wisdom. The Buddha taught the eightfold path in virtually all his discourses, and his directions are as clear and practical to his followers today as they were when he first gave them.
      The Noble Eightfold Path :
      Right understanding (Samma ditthi)
      Right thought (Samma sankappa)
      Right speech (Samma vaca)
      Right action (Samma kammanta)
      Right livelihood (Samma ajiva)
      Right effort (Samma vayama)
      Right mindfulness (Samma sati)
      Right concentration (Samma samadhi)”

      The basis for “empathy or loving kindness” is buried within several of those ‘Rights’. In my mind, they all boil down to being the best human you can, on the way to enlightenment. (And once the leaders were gone for a few generations, the inevitable distortions and power-grabs began, just like in Christianity, etc.)

      Libraries have been written on this subject, so I will just say that “Buddhism’s detachment” is not meant to be a denial of one’s humanity along the way, but more of an understanding that we are more than just meat-bags. There is a whole additional ‘world’ out/in there, which cannot be reached by remaining in beta-brainwave land – hence the need for not just standing solidly within ‘mass consciousness’.

      Those who might be ‘fronting’ transhumanism (including robots) within Buddhism are definitely NOT following The Noble Eightfold Path…

      • zendogbreath on August 25, 2019 at 1:18 pm

        Let’s start a new religion (not one world new world order preferably). With a noble one fold path. And one rule . Something simple enough even I can’t screw it up.

        Be nice.

        That’s it. So that’s my rule. You all are welcome to it. Just remember, it’s my rule. You can send me 3% of profits when it works. It’s free when it doesn’t.

  11. Loxie Lou Davie on August 24, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Having been a part of a “Robo-Fundamentalist Religion” all my life, I find it rather amusing to see that the “truth” is finally outing itself!!! What has been gained by plugging oneself into a religious “system”?!!

    One follows blindly along behind a human-made “system”, parroting all the right words & phrases….only to find out that, in the end, these words & phrases do not “work” where the rubber meets the road, so to speak!! 😉

    How much better to recognize that one is an Eternal, Sovereign Being inhabiting this “meatsuit” for a short time period, experiencing the limitations that come with it….then to move on to the next phase of our development as an Eternal, Sovereign Being.

    One bows down to NO ‘god’ because one is a fractal of All That Is!!! This soon to be 75 year old Grandmother is speaking from a lifetime of experiences within a “robo-religion”!!! The human race has been dumbed down for centuries so that we will not recognize who we really ARE!!!

    If we accept what The Bible REALLY says, then we were created a little “lower” than the “elohim”, which by the way, is a plural word! 😉 We do not have to accept what anyone else says we “are”….we just need to BE!!!

    So, let’s hear it for the Robo Priests & Bishops!!!!! Maybe then, FINALLY, the human race will wake up to the True Reality, of which we know nothing if we choose to remain within the restraints of someone else’s idea of what “reality” IS!!!! 😉

    • zendogbreath on August 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      You’re right Loxie. This will lead to Robo-Bishops. A robo-Pope. Someday not so far off a Robo-president. Who will have to tell us zhe did not have sexual relations with that woman. And make us all question the definition of the word “IS.” Right?

  12. Pierre on August 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Online indulgences? Nothing to protestant about that, surely.

  13. marcos toledo on August 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    If you read science fiction this idea has been played around in several stories and novels. Even Star Trek has used this idea on many storylines on several episodes. This might be a cover for a mass Jonestown scenario for a murder-suicide plan by our elites on a planetary scale.

    • zendogbreath on August 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      More right than you know marcos. Jonestown wasn’t suicide. Those were unwilling involuntary kidnapped folk from California – mostly hurting poor folk kidnapped. Read up on Jonestown, San Francisco, mk, George White, Jolly West, Sydney Gottleib, Charlie Manson connections.

      Now I’m catching up on videos that make this kinder gentler side of mk ultra more obvious. Swerdlow and Eisenhower seem intent on selling this one world new world order religion based off Montauk? Oh yeh and Swerdlow’s grampy was USSR’s first president and responsible for killing millions of Russians as well as the Romanovs and he goes back later to apologize at their grave and gets told by the Russian people “ah fogddabodit” cause we’re all new agey now and it’s all good and yeh ok.

      LIstening to these two videos in close proximity has me wondering more not less.

      Epstein Crime Map (Updated) Part 1 of 3

  14. S Klein on August 23, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    As Thomas Meyer would say… this is subhuman.

    I think that is a better descriptor than transhuman.

    • zendogbreath on August 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm


  15. Robert Barricklow on August 23, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Shades of P.T. Barnum,
    Never give a believer[sucker] an even break.

    Well, religion is a business[in this 21 century, as in past centuries]. I mean, this is the system. So, if robots sell; it’s going to be robots. Of course, the markets aren’t functioning because they’re being controlled[price discovery; like democracy, has been buried]

    “Artificial Intelligence has developed”
    [meaning AI has recently been programmed to.. ]

    Not much spiritual about AI, nor robots. In fact, one might associate them w/an up-to-date, just-in-time anti-Christ. Which can be manufactured in the millions and off loaded to your 3D printers for $29.95/Today only!.

    Wait till somebody kills an AI robot
    and is brought up on murder charges.
    News Flash!
    The Real World, as we know it,
    has been cancelled until further notice.

    Maybe the transgender people can sue for prejudice,
    as there aren’t; as yet, any transgender AI robots.

    AI Sex robots owner will have to worry about sexual viruses being transmitted, via other than consensual wi-fi connection$.

    Go to your closet and program you AI robot avatar for work; and this one for business trips, and this one to see if your new amour is going to be compatible, and this one for…? Depending on your income and “fixed” station in “life”, you can have a whole building of avatars that RU.

    Again, shades of The Blade Runner.
    For that matter an updated:
    A Brave New World and/or 1984.

    • zendogbreath on August 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Orgasmatrons for everybody, right? And you can pray inside the machine. Imagine Woody Allen in sleeper stepping out of his too much used orgasmatron after too much praying.

  16. Matthew on August 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Sigh, more transhumanism, it is truly disturbing. The Japanese have adopted (much to the demise of their rich cultural history) the transhuman agenda. Science is king there but childbirths and interpersonal HUMAN relationships are on the decline (especially with men). From what I can deduce is that the men there (18-40) have been so indoctrinated with “machine sex” through the use of “dildonic apparatuses” (sincerely this is the term they use) to simulate and intensify sexual stimulus. I have a friend from Ukraine who is a very intelligent individual and he brought it to my attention that there is something about sexual energy that they are trying to distort and destroy through pornography, de-humanizing sex to the point of “objectifying” others as a “means to an end” and subverting the soul connection that happens when a male and female unify. It seems that this is a far reach in relation to this article however, everything in the present world is relative (my subjectivity and bias thinks it is at least) and this to me is nothing more than “normalizing” something that has very deleterious consequences for all humanity. Placing these at Buddhist Temples may seem innocuous at first blush, but I conjecture this has nothing to do with Buddhism but to de-sensitize the public (in the case the Japanese) to view something so many times that it becomes “normal” (day to day viewings) and thus will be adopted at a sub-conscious level (thus giving a passive compliance and agreeing with) of this agenda.

    On an aside, as much as I disagree with much of what David Wilcock believes (methinks he is controlled opposition), he has said for the powers that be to receive universal conformity, they must “fully disclose” their duplicity and receive “approval” from the masses (no matter how their agend is presented to them – fiction/movies/music/education). Once that is achieved (and they keep pressing the issue) then they will keep on experimenting, testing and using humanity as a commodity to the fullest extent possible.

    Such a strange journey, life on this planet…

    • goshawks on August 24, 2019 at 2:18 am

      Matthew, you bring up a good point. The rich cultural history of Japan (good, bad, ugly, and beautiful) is slowly being destroyed by Western culture. This started with the gunboat ‘opening’ of Japan and became dominant with the defeat of Japan in WWII. There is something profound about a culture’s slow build-up into a unique configuration of ideas, art, architecture, religion, etc. For better and worse, it is akin to a nation’s ‘soul’.

      I have watched many an early Japanese movie, where the native culture is still evident. There is continuity, going back hundreds if not thousands of years. Then, I watch the creeping of Western culture onto the scene. Japanese wearing suits and dresses instead of haori & hakamas or kimonos & yukatas. Ugly Western ‘box’ architecture, rather than curving Japanese traditional architecture. Etc. Sadly, it seems like the Japanese ‘soul’ is being extinguished.

      I really hope that various nations (including Japan) see the ‘trap’ being laid for them…

  17. John on August 23, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I could see where this might be a real plus for the RC church . It ends their pedophilia and priest recruitment problem. LOL

    • zendogbreath on August 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Nah. Someone will make baby robots people can send in lieu of their kids to church.

  18. WalkingDead on August 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    “And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they’d made”
    The Sounds of Silence
    Simon and Garfunkel
    Soon there will be nothing left of what makes us human if this trend is allowed to continue.

    • Westcoaster on August 23, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      WD, I think you nailed it!

  19. enki-nike on August 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Om mani padme hum click

  20. anakephalaiosis on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I have designed a Raspberry Pi Linux robot, that sings like a cuckoo clock every hour. It also makes ticktack sound like a normal clock. It can talk too: “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that”.

    I am presently in the process of transferring the roboclock to canonical hours (horcruxes) in dharmachakra. Every quart horcrux is 45 minutes, and connected to a corresponding Rune.

    32 division of time is returning to the original sun clock, that logically explains the origin of the Runic system. Further plan is to do equinox, solstice and full moon notifications.

  21. goshawks on August 23, 2019 at 5:37 am

    From the cited article, with Tensho Goto speaking: “Obviously a machine doesn’t have a soul, but Buddhist faith isn’t about believing in God. It’s about following Buddha’s path, so it doesn’t matter whether it is represented by a machine, a scrap of iron or a tree.”

    In my humble opinion, this is a really twisted view of Buddhism. Yes, there are innumerable ‘scriptures’ about following the right Path. Writings. However, this is missing the main point of Buddhism (IMHO, as an semi-informed outsider), which is to go inside and do the ‘inner work’ that gradually lifts the doer through enlightening realization experiences into another plane of existence. Repeating of texts will never do that…

    Something is really fishy here. It feels like that Temple has been infiltrated by folks with an assigned agenda (or leaders who have been compromised in some manner). To me, it seems like yet another effort to ‘condition’ susceptible humans to look up to robots as their teachers – spiritual mentors, in this case. Yep, we are one step closer to Dune’s “Butlerian Jihad”…

    • DanaThomas on August 23, 2019 at 5:53 am

      Infiltrated – you are probably right Goshawks.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on August 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      I totally agree Goshawks.

    • OrigensChild on August 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Is this the Buddhist version of “Dispensational Theology” that is prevalent in some Christian circles?

    • zendogbreath on August 23, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Ah yah can’t fool me. Everybody knows there is no Sanity Clause.

      Not sure why that came to mind. Some how seems fitting. For now it feels like everybody knows that robots are just robots. For now.

      BTW, does anyone think there will be pedo robots too? Where does all the corruption fit in? If the system is being replicated how accurate will that replication be?

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