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Its (Robotic) Holiness

Its Holiness Xian’er, at Longquan temple, on the outskirts of Beijing.

Can robots have a spiritual dimension? That’s a question best asked of the world’s first robot monk.

A little child-like creature in an orange robe, Xian’er spreads the teachings of Buddhism. It dwells at Longquan Temple, a place of Buddhist worship in the mountains northwest of Beijing, where gnarled gingko and cypress trees tower over red-walled buildings.


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