When ancient Buddhism meets modern technology

From:Xinhua     Author:Xinhua     Time:2015-10-13 10:06:36
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The gate of Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China. [Photo/Xinhua]

Longquan Monastery is located at the foot of the Fenghuangling (Phoenix Ridge) on the western outskirts of Beijing. First built in Liao Dynasty (907-1125), the monastery regains reputation as it embraces the Mobile Internet age. Every morning, Master Xuecheng answers netizens' questions on Longquan Monastery's Twitter-equivalent Weibo account, of which will be translated into nine languages and broadcast.

Its WeChat (or Weixin, popular instant messaging service in China), account pushes a cartoon called the Story of Xian'er to users, which tells the everyday life of Monk Xian'er. Longquan Monastery's website has four languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. Master Xianxin, in charge of the informatization of the Monastery, has attended domestic IT industry conferences many times. Some important buildings in the Monastery require fingerprint identification.

Monks chant before breakfast in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The library of the Monastery manage a collection of 100,000 books about buddhism, in use of the information system of National Library of China. The teleconference system will be in use when big meetings are called nationally. At Longquan Monastery, the monks excel not only in Buddhist doctrine, but also boast advanced tech skills and education levels. Monks with higher education, including alumni of China's top universities, such as Tsinghua and Peking University, are behind this technology-intensified monastery.

Robot Xian'er, is the world first robot monk developed by the temple with artificial intelligence experts, which is able to sense its surroundings and answer questions about Buddhism. Though Buddhism is ancient and traditional, Buddhists are modern, Master Xuecheng said, and Buddhism and Buddhists should embrace modern ways to promote Buddhism.

A robot named "Xian'er", isrepresentedby its author Master Xianshu in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Oct 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks and lay Buddhists attend early classes in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Curator of the Library, Master Xiancai, draws out adictionary on Buddhism in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 21, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks attend evening classes in LongquanMonasteryin Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 21, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Master Xiancai enters library through fingerprint identification in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 21, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Master Xianfan draws cartoon image of Xian'er in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks sit in meditation in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks sit in meditation in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks attending Mid-Autumn Festival prayers walk past temple buildings in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 26, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks chant before breakfast in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Master Xuecheng (R), President of the Buddhist Association of China and Abbot of Longquan Monastery, talks with two monks in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Oct 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

A lay Buddhist attends Mid-Autumn Festival prayers in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 26, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks attend National Day gala in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Oct 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Sept 27, 2015 shows sunrise in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks attend Mid-Autumn Festival prayers in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 26, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks attend Mid-Autumn Festival prayers in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 26, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Monks go out to labor in fields in Longquan Monastery in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept 26, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]


Editor:Cherry
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