Do Buddhists believe in demons or ghosts?
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
The sutras describe over thirty-one distinct "planes" or "realms" of existence into which beings can be reborn during their long wandering through samsara. Demons are called either Asura, beings engaged in relentless conflict with each other, or Mara, beings wielding power over the creation of others. Ghosts are called Preta, unhappy spirits that wander hopelessly about searching in vain for sensual fulfillment.
- 7 years ago
Some do, the Thais are VERY ghost conscious, after a person is dead, they tie these ghost repellent strings around their homes, and they have a holiday where they tell ghosts to quit wasting time being ghosts and hurry up and be reborn. Some do not, I do not believe in ghosts, and I think demons are metaphors for psychological things. Not that I would stay a night in a "real" haunted house.
- AsfasfaLv 57 years ago
Some do some don't.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
- 7 years ago
Yes. I live in Thailand, where 98% of the population are Buddhists. They are extremely superstitious and afraid of many things (similar to most Asian cultures).
There is an entire theme park devoted to the Buddhist version of hell
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- CokeLv 57 years ago
Technically, they can, but I wanna say in general they don't.