The Longquan Temple in Beijing has created a new way to spread love, and it’s Buddhist ways…a cute little robot monk named Xian’er. With a touchscreen chest that allows him to answer life deepest questions.
The temple worked with local tech and culture companies to design and manufacture Xian’er. Monk Xian Fan stated that the robot is a great way to demonstrate how Buddhism and science go hand in hand.
“Science and Buddhism don’t clash or contradict each other and can be combined and mutually compatable.” – Xian Fan, Head of Longquan Temple’s Comic Center
Able to answer deep meaningful questions through the use of it’s touchscreen, the monk has set out to help bring knowledge and Buddhist teachings to the world.
Q: “What is the meaning of life?”
A: “My master says the meaning of life is to help more people finally leave behind bitterness and gain happiness.”
Robot Xian’er also apparently has a WeChat account under the name 贤二机器僧 where he talks with people unable to visit the temple. Although Engadget reports that they couldn’t seem to find and add him.
With no plans to mass produce Xian’er the monks are already in the process of developing a smarter robot to impart more wisdom on the world.