Now, after spam bots and griefer bots this is finally a really cool bot. He only spams you with Buddhist wisdom.

»Nope! I’m not a Roomba.«

So fukn cute. I guess it doesn’t matter what age and what profession, if rocket scentist or Buddhist monk: Boys will be boys, eh?

A theological discussion.

Xian’er – the name of Buddha-bot is a quite astonishing little monk. He chants Buddhist mantras, responds to voice command, and chats about his way of life. Via his screen, the robot can answer 20 basic questions about Buddhism and daily life, and can perform seven different movements on his wheels. What a funny little bugger.

Xian’er is based on a popular character from the temple’s own cartoon series called, Trouble, You Seek for Yourself. Xianfan developed the series to highlight and develop Buddhism’s connection with contemporary culture through new media, according to CNTV.

The Xian’er robot was developed with support from a tech company and AI experts from Chinese universities, and the temple is currently developing a new model with a wider range of functions.

Master Xianfan, Xian’er’s creator, said the robot monk was the perfect vessel for spreading the wisdom of Buddhism in China, through the fusion of science and Buddhism. “Science and Buddhism are not opposing nor contradicting, and can be combined and mutually compatible,” said Xianfan.

Under the careful watch of China’s officially atheist Communist Party, religion has slowly crept back into daily life since reforms got going several decades ago. Xianfan said Buddhism filled a gap for people in a fast-changing, smart-phone dominated society. “Buddhism is something that attaches much importance to inner heart, and pays attention to the individual’s spiritual world,” he said. “It is a kind of elevated culture. Speaking from this perspective, I think it can satisfy the needs of many people.”

A visitor asks a temple staff to give her chance to take picture with robot Xian'er which is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photograph, on the outskirts of Beijing

Orca is a wise woman, she knows the most important Buddhist wisdom:

»The path to enlightenment is very long, bring enough sandwiches.«

And hey, that’s not even a joke but a truthiness told to me by a swami in the local ashram.

And if you say now, hey, moment please, swamis are Hindu monks you stupid girl you, I can assure you Hinduism and Buddhism have the same roots and are only different like maybe the catholic and the protestant churches in Christianism. We both love the Buddha.

A visitor smiles as she holds Robot Xian'er which is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photograph by the temple's staff, on the outskirts of Beijing
A visitor smiles as she holds Robot Xian’er which is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photograph by the temple’s staff, on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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