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    A non-Buddist paying respect to Guan Gong

    Essentially the title says it all, I'm not a Buddist however I would like to pay my respects to Guan Gong known as the God of Warriors (although that's abit inaccurate) in the room I practice my Gung Fu. It's not used for anything else, so I wanted to put up some posters including one of Guan Gong (facing the door I believe or does that only go for shrines?).

    Would this somehow be offensive?

    Thanks.

    Edit: I think I made a mistake, it should have been Taoism I believe, but the question remains the same for either.

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    How would it be offensive?

    Google and Wikipedia are your friends, by the way.

    Since it is generally held that all sentient beings possess Buddha nature I don't think it matters if you're Buddhist or not.

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    I did check out google/wikipedia but as it is written he is worshipped by 3 different religions none of which I'm apart of therefore I wasn't very sure, so I thought I'd ask more specifically.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    I think a more proper question would be whether this collides with any religion you are a part of.

    I think from a Buddhist perspective it may be more correct to say he is "revered" rather than "worshipped". I haven't looked it up, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he is unknown in the Japanese strains of Buddhism.

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    I'm a weak agnostic therefore I'm not apart of any major religion.

    I see. Yes I've never actually heard of him mentioned in any Japanese context.

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