No, the only seasonal festival he observed was Get Fucked Up when You Visit Taipei
Not that there’s anything wrong with that
No, that’s actually a better festival
This guy, @Fei-Fan
Iirc, there is/was a poster talking on Buddhism in English on this forum.
Sometimes/mountains may have English services.
Heill ok sæll, bróðir!
ETA: I hope all’s well in Jötunheimr
the Hare Krishna Movement, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, or denomination. They have English services. though they say they are not religion, it looks close to UU.
we are not a religion. Our teachers teach the process of self-realization. That is, to understand who I am? Do you ever think, who am I really? Why do I suffer? Why do I feel unhappy sometimes and happy sometimes? Is someone controlling the way I feel, or am I independent?
I loved the UU community I had in college, but was getting the impression that there wasn’t much by way of UUs in Taiwan. Pagans (a surprisingly large percentage of the UUs I know) I would imagine even less so. If anyone knows anyone or wants to plan a gathering, I’d love to know
I would absolutely love to hold a gathering somewhere, given enough people etc. I just dont know about everyones beliefs and what they celebrate…
Again, not UU
nor pagan, but non Christian religious group in English.
Vishwa Hindu Parishadh
Added: I think I overlooked it should be non-denominational. Then, I-Kuan Tao may be non-denominational.
While it is technically not incorrect to use pagan as an umbrella term including various Hindu, Buddhist etc. denominations, I suspect OP was referring to Eurocentric neo-paganism.
Well, some people use this site religiously, so there’s that.
I’m pretty agnostic, but I did enjoy the more pagan-based rituals that were done in the UU group in college. Lots of candles, meditating, channeling good energy, and keeping away stress. Some nights spent out enjoying the moon. Storytelling. I do love to spend time with the energy that nature provides, though some might tell me that just makes me a hippie . I do miss that community appreciation and participation in those things… It’s hard to come across people anywhere who don’t think that’s very 邪教, even if you’re just lighting a candle and staring at it/meditating.
I have to admit, I don’t really understand a lot of the Eastern religions of the world, despite living here as long as I have, but in the West there seems to be this thought that Eastern religions are deeply rooted in the Earth. The lunar calendar comes to mind. How much that translates to what they do when they gather as a community, I don’t know.
The only form of an Eastern religion I see in public here is burning toxic paper and setting off firecrackers at all hours. I will respect that it’s their religion, but that’s certainly not what I’m after.
Not that pagans really worship in public, so I’m at a loss for how to find such people
those customs may be similar to (Christian’s) customs such as sharing small crackers and wine, Halloween, or Christmas. I think you also have seen red posters on gates.
With less burning there is incense for some denominations though. I always looked forward to that in church most
ah yes, Halloween and Christmas. The Christian traditions that existed in Europe for at least 1,000+ years before the the birth of Christ
I was wondering what was meant by pagan as this can include any folk religion from any country. i once lived next-door to a catholic priest who was doing outreach work, and he referred to any pre Christian religion as pagan. i also have friends who are practising draoidhean (for over 30 years you would think they would have worked it out by now) who won’t use the word pagan.
There are many new age shops in my home town who make a killing from all the Neo Wiccan/Pagans who sort of form into little groups, ever since Buffy became mainstream. Most of these start off quite harmless or aimless, but you always get the ones who want to be the most hardcore.
Then there is the Christian influenced/based Paganism, that combine parts of the bible and folk religions like Vodou or Diabolism.
Maybe an expansion of the OP beliefs of what is wanted of a group would help people point them in the right direction.
There’s definitely a community aspect to it, but the local traditional religion seems more like a binding element for the community at large than an additional source of close-knit community activity. But there are all kinds of Buddhist, Tai chi etc., and more culty groups for that