Software engineer Tony Tseung sent an email to a Buddhist group in Thailand to determine how his boss was doing after losing battle with cancer last year.
Mr. Tseung received the answer last month, saying Steve Jobs has been reincarnated as a celestial-warrior philosopher, living in a mystical glass palace according to a special television broadcast by the Dhammakaya group.
“After Steve Jobs passed away, he was reincarnated as a divine being with a special knowledge and appreciation for science and the arts,” the Dhammakaya leader said in the first of a series of sermons beamed to hundreds of thousands of the group’s followers around the world.
The 68-year-old Phra Chaibul of the Dhammakaya group has certainly upset some Thai Buddhist and definitely aroused skepticism over his claim.
Revered Buddhist leaders like Phra Payom Kallayano reacted on the former’s claim about Jobs saying, “Even if it is true, it is just showing off and has nothing to do with Lord Buddha’s teachings.” Another temple monk, Phra Paisal Visalo, made a comment on a local media that the controversial claim of now controversial religious group in Thailand may attact the many Mr. Tseung of the world, asking help in contacting their deceased friends and loved ones.
I am no Buddhist and certainly has no idea as to how they think people will become after reincarnation. But can they still determine how a certain person would become even if they don’t know him personally? Maybe. But just like the others, I think the claim was just a stunt of luring more people to follow their group.