Monday, March 24, 2008

Zen Dog

At a Zen Buddhist temple in southern Japan, even the dog prays.

Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1 1/2-year-old black-and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha's Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar.

Conan has proved very popular with tourists
It took him only a few days to learn the motions, and now he is the talk of the town.

"Word has spread, and we are getting a lot more tourists," Mr Yoshikuni said Monday.

With Conan's help the temple now draws 30 per cent more visitors than before.

Yoshikuni said Conan generally goes through his prayer routine at the temple in the capital of Japan's southern Okinawa prefecture (state) without prompting before his morning and evening meals.

"I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it, too," Yoshikuni said.

The priest is now trying to teach him how to meditate.

Well, sort of. "Basically, I am just trying to get him to sit still while I meditate," he explained. "It's not like we can make him cross his legs."

Conan the dog learns to pray

6 comments:

Buzz Saw said...

I could've mursted earlier, but I didn't. I was going to say that they look the same. :)

Akubi said...

@buzz saw,
In some of those photos of the Tibetan Buddhist monks (not to mention the people being killed) saying NO to China's BS, I saw a cute little dog or two.
Boycott the Olympics and the rest of the BS shoved up our collective ass all the time!

Akubi said...

Exxon's tentacles are everywhere!

Buzz Saw said...

Boycott the Olympics...

I boycott everything. China is going to eventually take down my enemies here. The Olympics and the Nov. elections will end all pretense of civility between the maggots who've hijacked this country and the ROW. Both will lose, and I will laugh.

Akubi said...

If this shit continues, it is time for every individual to take up arms and defend this country, planet, economy from the demons and tell them: Game Over!

Buzz Saw said...

@akubi wrote:

If this shit continues, it is time for every individual to take up arms and defend this country, planet, economy from the demons

It won't take that. The maggots have decided that they don't need the consent of the American people, or the goodwill of the rest of the world. They will one day soon find out how wrong they are.