The Buddha has been Upgraded

When I saw the photo above by M. Elsevier Stokmans, which accompanied the news that a CT scan of a Buddha statue had revealed a mummy inside, I presume I wasn’t the only one to think of the Doctor Who episode “Dark Water” and the Cybermen, right? There’s more information on Robs Webstek’s website. [Read more...]

Yoda Buddha

CNET shared a link to and examples of Chris Milnes’ productions, for sale on Etsy, made using a 3-D printer. Yoda is a much more natural fit for a Zen depiction than some of the other figures. But all of them deserve to be checked out, and they include figures not just Star Wars but [Read More...]

Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More...]

Aren’t You A Little Short For A Buddhist?

Via Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

This episode is of great interest, not only because it marks the end of the Jon Pertwee era, but also because of the strong elements related to Buddhism. Not only broad themes but specific plot elements from this episode are echoed in the later Peter Davison episode with a Buddhist focus, Kinda and Snakedance. The chanting [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Listen

The Doctor Who episode “Listen” has leaped immediately onto my list of all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes. Spoilers ahead! It had me at “listen.” The episode opens with a view of a planet (probably Earth) from space. It then moves to the open door of the TARDIS. Then up to the top of the TARDIS, where [Read More...]

Vulcan Jesus

I came across this on Pinterest and thought I would share it – and not only because it is firmly at the intersection between religion and science fiction. Spock was arguably the most openly religious character on the Enterprise – he had rituals and practices of a sort that no other crewmember was shown to [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

C3P0 Deva

Apparently it isn't only Ewoks that turned C3P0 into a deity.   [Read more...]

Do Time Lords Pray or Meditate?

A comment left on this blog recently brought up the question of the Doctor’s monkishness. The episode “The Bells of St. John” isn’t the first time the Doctor has been a monk. Indeed, the first time he encountered the Great Intelligence, it was at a monastery where he had previously spent some time. In that [Read More...]

Total Recall

I recently watched the remake of the movie “Total Recall,” this version starring Colin Farrell rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. There were some other major differences, many of which are introduced right at the start of the movie. For instance, the plot focuses on Britain and Australia rather than Earth and Mars. Some of the technology [Read More...]


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