Being a Buddhist on Halloween poses a problem to some, if not all of us. With all the ghouls and ghosts about how is someone with a compassionate demeanor to succeed on such a hallowed day?
What if by chance you stumbled upon a ghastly zombie, munching some brains, what do you do? Kill it? Maybe not, but I sure as heck would. I don’t want any stinkin’ zombies eating my brains on Halloween, I’ve got candy to seek out.
What about that vampire, trying to bite a neck or two? Do you drive a stake into the heart of the beast? Or do you let it continue it’s fiendish frenzy and fall victim? Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll get turned over into the vampire realm. What then? Are there such things as Buddhist vampires? And how would one get on with his or her life? They live on the blood of people and or animals. Each time this Buddhist vampire feeds, it is causing the suffering of another. Can karma effect the likes of the undead?
Even more of a problem is the dreaded werewolf. By day, an ordinary human being, living their lives the best they can. By night… a bloodthirsty villain of the worst kind. He’ll rip you to shreds in the blink of an eye. For no reason! What is wrong with these werewolves anyway? What did we do to them? Why so much angst and thirst for shredding? But, here lies the problem. Being a human by day, are we actually killing a real “sentient” being? I mean, for goodness sake, they are a flesh ripping machine! What can we do?!
When you go out this Halloween keep these things in mind, it’s going to be a hard night, but we can get through it.
ps. And don’t even get me started on spiders… ewww!
Don’t take this to seriously folks, it’s kind of my spoof post to celebrate this Halloween. So it is just in jest, I thought it was amusing (my wife thinks it’s silly).