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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


13 Mar 2019 6:48am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany


13 Mar 2019 7:19am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Trop mimi

13 Mar 2019 8:53am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands


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


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

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


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