Practice the Maori Buddhism

What does Buddhism say about practicing spiritism?

Despite the idealized and romanticized versions of Buddhism popular in the West, which suggest that Buddhists are only interested in enlightenment, Buddhists have historically and currently always maintained social practices unrelated to these lofty goals. This includes beliefs and practices related to invisible beings, loosely referred to as "ghosts".

Spirits play an important role in everyday life in almost all traditional Buddhist countries. In Burma, for example, ghosts are " nat "and in Thailand" phi "(Encylcopedia Britannica) called. Phi are ghosts of cities, houses, caves and so on. Such spirits are the subject of rituals and superstitions. Nats should look like people. The Thais build small houses in which the spirits can live.

In addition, the traditional texts of Buddhism contain numerous references to spirits (devatā) of various kinds. Prominent types are Yakkha , Nāga and Kinnara . Tree spirits were and are a focus of religious activity in modern India. The commentary backstory to the famous Karaṇīya Metta Sutta tells how the sutta was spoken after some monks disturbed a family of 'tree spirits' or rukkhadevatā, who reacted with anxious appearances and terrible smells. (See How the Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta Came About). Tree spirit worship is also common in Thailand. All over India and Asia, large old trees are becoming shrines.

It appears that Buddhists assimilated animistic beliefs very early on, along with ideas and practices from Brahmin culture and possible Zoroastrianism (via the migration of Iranian tribes). Buddhism has always been syncretistic (that is, it assimilates elements from other traditions). It is very likely that speakers of Indian languages, which eventually became the dominant culture, ventured into the Ganges Valley for the first time and encountered people who spoke Austro-Asiatic and Tibeto-Burmese languages, for whom animism was a major form of religion. For example, you are the likely source of Yakkhas who have many properties with Burmese Nats share.

Many modern Buddhists I know firmly believe in spirits, spirits, and little deities. I have attended and even participated in more than one ritual to appease local spirits, for example (in New Zealand, UK and Spain). For an account of some of these modern practices, see a book by Sally McAra, Land of Beautiful Vision , which is an anthropological account of a stupa building project by a Buddhist group from Triratna, New Zealand. This includes discussing the idea of ​​local spirits influenced by Māori beliefs.

While the specific form of spiritualism you are asking about is unknown, Buddhists over the centuries have believed in and studied spirits of various kinds.