240805 690505 796A7D 9DAFC7 A13622 C3AC83 CE8251 FFFFFF

Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Smiling Cat

Posted by
Hiro (Kyoto, Japan) on 13 March 2019 in Miscellaneous.

I wrote that a lot of animals, including a lion, were mourning Shaka's death in the picture 涅槃図 Nehan-dzu, reclining Buddha. There are many paintings of the same subject in Japanese temples. But you seldom see a cat in such paintings. Why ? I heard a story.
Shaka's mother, who heard that he was seriously ill, came rushing from heaven riding on a cloud with medicine. She felt that she would not make it in time, then she threw a bag containing her medicine toward Shaka. The bag hung the tree branch unfortunately. A mouse tried to climb the tree and take the medicine to help Shaka. But a cat caught the mouse from its instinct. Buddha could not take medicine and died. A cat have been considered an enemy of Buddha.
A cat is drawn in the picture of this temple. Besides that, a toy cat is smiling with its tail waving. Is a cat forgiven ? Oh, Buddha is so generous !
March 2, 2019 @轉法輪寺

Canon EOS R 1/500 second F/1.8 ISO 320 50 mm
cat | toy

Please leave your comments.

Devi from Chennai, India

I suppose the cat has been forgiven..
I saw images of numerous cats in a Cat Temple..and a Buddhist monastery!!!
This is a cute lovely cat !!!

13 Mar 2019 5:19am

yoshimiparis from France

kawai :D

13 Mar 2019 5:49am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a sweet little face !

13 Mar 2019 6:14am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Excellent
JP

13 Mar 2019 6:48am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Cute!

13 Mar 2019 7:19am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Trop mimi

13 Mar 2019 8:53am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nice.

13 Mar 2019 8:57am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very happy looking cat Hiro.

13 Mar 2019 9:58am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Cute

13 Mar 2019 11:05am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing ! And a great story ...well the cat just saw the mouse he has no idea it was a medicine for Shaka ...

13 Mar 2019 11:08am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting story behind this cute find!

13 Mar 2019 11:41am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful image and interesting story!

13 Mar 2019 1:41pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

The kitten is cute. I really enjoyed reading the story, it's interesting!

13 Mar 2019 2:45pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, United States

An adorable kitty but a sad story

13 Mar 2019 2:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I’m glad the cat is forgiven. It is a very interesting story with kind of a sad ending.

13 Mar 2019 2:55pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting story told you.
On this photo is it a sweet cat face.

13 Mar 2019 3:35pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec ce nez rouge quelle peluche et ocmpof antasitque vue
Belle soirée
Nicou

13 Mar 2019 3:58pm

Claudiel from belgium, Belgium

Your story is charming, because the cat was forgiven. I am sure.

13 Mar 2019 4:36pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Merveilleuse histoire. très mignon ce chat.

13 Mar 2019 6:07pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

marrant

13 Mar 2019 6:32pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What an excellent story and an amusing image to go with it

13 Mar 2019 8:12pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Un joli conte !
Ce petit chat irait bien avec l'ourson de Ruthiebear (12 mars)

13 Mar 2019 8:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cute cat and wonderful story. Excellent focus and depth.

13 Mar 2019 11:06pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A fascinating story and a beautiful image.

13 Mar 2019 11:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cute smiling cat.

14 Mar 2019 2:00am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

the Buddha is above all grudges and vengeance; the cat must be forgiven

14 Mar 2019 3:20am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful story. And a fine shot of this cat. :)

14 Mar 2019 7:24am