Monday, March 24, 2008

Buddhist dog praying...

The Agence France-Presse reports that "Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations.
The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him.
"Conan started to pose in prayer like us whenever he wanted treats," said Joei Yoshikuni, a priest at Jigenin temple on the southern island of Okinawa.
"Clasping hands is a basic action of Buddhist prayer to show appreciation. He may be showing his thanks for treats and walks," he said.
Conan, a two-year-old male with long, black hair and a brown collar, sits next to Yoshikuni in front of the altar and looks right up at the statue of a Buddhist deity.
When the priest starts chanting and raises his clasped hands, Conan also raises his paws and joins them at the tip of his nose.
Visitors to the temple look on with curiosity.
"It's so funny that he does it," said Kazuko Oshiro, 71, who has frequented the temple for more than 25 years.
"He gets angry when somebody else sits on his favourite spot. He must be thinking that it's his special place," Oshiro said.
Conan, originally a temple pet, has become so popular that people come in to take pictures almost every week, the priest said.
Yoshikuni estimated that the temple receives 30 percent more visitors, especially young tourists, than it would otherwise.
"I'm glad that people feel more comfortable visiting the temple because of Conan," he said as he jokingly joined his hands and bowed to the dog."


Glendell-The Art Master said...

That's cute and funny but not very "enlightening", remember pavlov and the salivating dogs, suggestion is a powerful thing. But pray on little doggy.


The pup is way too cute and that photo with him "praying" with the monk is priceless!

Jeunelle Foster said...

This is nothing special. This dog just wants a damn treat, that's all. And he knows how to get it Shucks. hahaha

The All Seeing Eye said...

Well, I must admit, Glendell. Not all of my posts claim to be enlightening. Sometimes I just want to bring a smile to my readers. Glad you liked the post.

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, Bamboo Blitz!

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, Jeunelle. The post was put here to get someone to smile if they were having a rough day.