Happy Halloween. . .
Today is Halloween, and here’s the chilling secret: Buddhism loves ghosts. And not just the hungry kind. Demons, spirits, and other supramundane creatures abound in the Buddhist canon, and they continue to play a role in the lives of many Buddhist practitioners today.
To some skeptics, all those ghoulish beings are just psychological tropes, mere projections of an unenlightened mind. But like any good teacher, the things that go bump in the night have a way of upending our notions about what we hold to be real and unreal.
Regardless of beliefs or systems enjoy this day as we enter the water season – Light the candles, enjoy a few treats, and enjoy this moment known as Halloween. It can be a wonderful reminder that, despite the harshness of the approaching winter, light and life have endured.
Peace and Love, Jim