It seems like alien read a lot in mahayana buddhism.
From what I can see, kuan kong is a dharma protector (dharmapala). Buddhists pray to him for his protection over the dharma. The main aim is still for the dharma.
For zhao kong ming and other deities, I have no comments. Is he a bodhisattva? show me to proof.
But at the end of the day, buddhists should pay attention in their dharma practices rather than praying to deities.
It is not wrong for those taoists to pray to their deities, because this is their belief. But for buddhists, we can show our respects to them, but not seeking refuge to them.
I think all these points have been repeated for many many times over here.
But dear alien, did you really read on them?
None of us here is condemning that taoist deities are bad. NO!
Yes, we can be tolerate with other religions in the world. But not mixing them up.
I do read the Bible and Quran, I attended mass in church. I show my respect to them, but not praying to them nor seek refuge from them.
I don't put Jesus Christ nor Allah on my altar. I don't pray to them and said that they can bless me so that I can do better in my dharma practice.
NO!!! Dear Alien, what is wrong is wrong.
Let taoists be taoists and buddhists be buddhists. Don't mix them up!
To guardian of the gate:
The Shinto deities have already existed long time before the existence of Buddhism in Japan. Due to the flourish of Buddhism, Shinto loses a lot of believers and only then they come to link these deities with Buddhas, so that they can be accepted by the society and they could gain the popularity back.
"i win..........i am enlighten now........will become buddha soon....." - alien
how "great" to see you being "enlightened". pointing at joey and saying that she's a fanatic isn't true to me.
Who's the fanatic here? I bet all us can see it clearly.
Did you win or did you lose?
At the end of the day, are you a better person?
Four Face Buddhas ( A Supreme God who create the Universe and Bless Human )
? In buddhism, there's no a creator god, so how is it possible that this four face buddha is the creator of the universe??