Religion as business

One of the most famous temples in Hong Kong is Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist/Buddhist temple named after a loyal Chinese general. I have visited the temple on numerous occasions already, but only last week did I have the¬†opportunity to sit down with the temple abbot to talk about the temple, the visitors that…

Ancestral offerings

To honor your ancestors, you can offer them flowers, paper goods (such as money, houses, cars, mobile phones, Louise Viton or Prada bags, even domestic helpers), or food. The main importance is that you offer things that the deceased would like; something he or she would be very happy to have in the afterlife. And…

Gender equality ?

Last night, I was present at an Interfaith Dialogue, which covered the question of the relation between religion and human rights as set forth in the Declaration of Human Rights (1948). On stage were a Buddhist monk, and the leaders and scholars of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) – seven people in…