Buddhas and Kitties!

185. Not despising, not harming, restraint according to the code of monastic discipline, moderation in food, dwelling in solitude, devotion to meditation — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. –The Dhammapada

Hi guys,

For the upcoming holiday of hanamatsuri, the Buddha’s Birthday, on April 8th, I wanted to share this post I found on Twitter recently (click here if you don’t see it):


This shows a series of photos with cats sleeping on statues of the Buddha from around the world. Some are clearly Japanese statues, others are South-east Asian. But they all have one thing in common: cute kitties relaxing on statues of the Buddha. You can also see the photos here, here, here and here.

I like seeing this because it shows the more gentle, compassionate side of the Buddha. This is the Buddha who is reflected in famous Metta Sutta:

May all be well and secure,
May all beings be happy!

Whatever living creatures there be,
Without exception, weak or strong,
Long, huge or middle-sized,
Or short, minute or bulky,

Whether visible or invisible,
And those living far or near,
The born and those seeking birth,
May all beings be happy!

and the 3rd chapter of the Lotus Sutra:

I tell you, Shariputra,
you and the others
are all my children,
and I am a father to you.
For repeated kalpas [eons]
you have burned in the flames of manifold sufferings,
but I will save you all
and cause you to escape from the threefold world.

Enjoy! 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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