Today I went to a Buddhist funeral. I wasn't intending to go to a Buddhist funeral this week. In fact, it's not been a great week for our churches, as we lost two treasured members.
So this week is O-Bon, the Buddhist festival of the dead. And so last night I went over to the main Shinto shrine (yes, you work that one out…) to see their "ten thousand lantern festival".
Graeco-Buddhism is a really fascinating thing: it's about how Buddhism came to the Greek empire and the syncretism that took place between Buddhist thought and Greek philosophy between around the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD. Rather an important time frame from Christian theologians, one might think.
The Jargon File, bless it, says: