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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 12:23pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 2:17pm

Shaolin Temple abbot says he believes in 'aliens'


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

Days after a Shandong man allegedly electrocuted an alien after claiming he saw five, China’s most controversial Buddhist abbot, Shi Yongxin, said he believed in the existence of “lots of aliens”.

Shi made the confession during a recent buddhist meeting, reported China's Southern Metropolis Daily.

Asked by reporters whether Buddhists would be able to study religion in outer space, he said: “Buddhists believe in the existence of multiple universes, and thus we believe there are many aliens.”

Shi's comments attracted criticism and derision on China's blogsphere. 

"Maybe Buddha himself was an alien," one wrote, apparently amused.

Abbot Shi, chief of the famed Shaolin Temple, has in the past been accused of turning the Shaolin Monastery into a cash cow at the expense of the integrity of religious instruction.

Shi, himself, came under scrutiny in 2006 after accepting a one million yuan luxury SUV from the local government for his contribution to tourism. The temple was criticised again in 2011 for spending US$430,000 on some luxurious toilets.

Xuehai, a Chengdu-based monk, told SCMP.com that he agreed with Shi since Buddhism does believe in the existence of an unlimited number of universes. 


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Hinduism and Buddhism is at peace with the possibilities of numerous universes and life forms. Hinduism could be argued to go to a higher sillier plane than buddhism on this issue.
Theistic religion however has a very unstable ground to dwell on matter related to this.One could argue that if a credible and proven existence of an alien life form is possible, this would completely destroy the existence of these theistic religion and throw their practitioners into a doldrum and a moral vacuum. Potentially creating a massive and dangerous impact on society and its value, leading to civil war and strife as there would be no basis for their moral/ethical foundation and the future would be indeed bleak and not desirable.....


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