Vegetarian Cat in South Korea

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Can you believe that there is a cat in South Korea who is vegetarian and prays?

This video is of the vegetarian cat who goes by the refuge name, 解脱 (Free oneself). A nun rescued the male cat a few years ago, and it has been living in the temple with many other nuns since then. Every day without fail, the cat will go to the prayer hall, sit on a cushion with its paws placed in front and eyes staring at the Buddha statue as if he is praying!! Very interesting!

The cat will only leave the prayer hall after many hours. Sometimes, when the Chief Nun wants to bring it out to play, he refuses to go. It just sits at prayer hall and stares at the Buddha statue.

A few years back when the Chief nun rescued the cat, she instructed the cat not to make any noise in the temple compound, not to eat meat and not to kill any beings…the cat listened and complied! Until today, he does not eat meat…even when a piece of fried chicken is placed in front of the cat, he does not get tempted! This vegetarian cat has also not gone against the other rules set by the Chief Nun.

The video also shows a visitor to the temple who was so curious and impressed with the cat to the point she prostrated to him!!

Could you have imagined that a cat could be vegetarian, pray and refrain from killing any beings?

I have added a video below, as well as the translation. Do watch how well-mannered this cat is. He can sit in front of the altar for hours throughout the day, looking at the Buddha statues on the altar.

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This temple in South Korea besides having nuns also has a special resident which is a cat that goes by the refuge name, 解脱 (Free oneself).

Not like the other cats that goes around to play, this cat goes to the prayer hall every day, two paws place in front, eyes looking at the Buddha statue,  looking like it is attentively praying. The cat will sit at the same position for a few hours and even though the Chief Nun brings the cat out to play, the cat still makes its way back to the front of the Buddha statue to sit. After sitting for a long time, the cat finally leaves the prayer hall. The cat walks so quickly, where is it heading to? Oh it wants to eat.

Like the nuns, the cat also only eats vegetarian food. After the Chief Nun rescued the cat four years ago, she instructed the cat to not make noise in the temple, to not eat meat and to not kill. The cat seems to understand as it has not gone against the rules for the past four years. Even though there is a fried chicken drumstick in front of the cat, the cat will not eat it.

There was a tourist who was very curious about this cat who prays till the point she prostrated to it. In actuality the cat sits at the prayer hall every day is it because of habit or is it really praying? Only the cat knows!


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27 Responses to Vegetarian Cat in South Korea

  1. Eliza on May 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Love this story. And it’s so good to hear that all the nuns and the cat are vegetarian.

    Our two cats have been vegetarian for the past 2 months or so now and they are doing really well on it. Their food contains all essential nutrients including taurine which is essential for cats. They have never been livelier and are more affectionate : )

    Great to see this South Korean cat keeping his vows! What good karma he is creating, we should all rejoice on his behalf. : ) I wish that he can achieve the goal of Enlightenment soon. Amazing story …

    • Sarah on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Wonderful! Our two cats have also been vegetarian now (for about one year) and are doing perfectly and very happy! The food is a special preparation with all their daily requirements. All the best!

  2. Valentina Suhendra on May 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    This is such a great news. I always think that it is absurd that in taking care of one animal, we have to harm another.

    Warm regards

    Valentina

  3. Sean Wang on May 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    This is quite cool. Maybe it is a past life impression. I tried training my cat before. It would not do anything extraordinary like the cat mentioned above. I guess this cat can be an example to mankind to be vegetarian and also follow what the cat does :D

  4. benji on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Wow! Even a cat could do that – inspiring!

  5. Josh Akers on May 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My cat has taught me humility before and I expect him to teach me other things too. Hopefully I can repay him by training him to be a vegetarian…

  6. patsy on May 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Wow amazing. Looks like this cat meditates in front of Buddha statues! I guess it must be the strong imprints from previous life. And he is a vegetarian too and holds on to his vows. May he take a good rebirth!

  7. Ethan Chu on May 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    How cute! Karma might have led him to be where he is now. It just showed that countless life time of prayers can lead us and bring us closer to dharma if we practice it sincerely. At least, the cat is very near to dharma; he might not have the full conditions to practice like we are, but it is the mind that to be trained. Wonderful being!

  8. Lim Han Nee on May 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Amazing indeed – a cat who’s vegetarian, doesn’t kill and meditates!
    At this rate, he would be freed from samsara faster then most humans!Most importantly, though, it sends a strong message that, if a cat(a carnivore by nature) can be vegetarian, why can’t humans?

  9. Ash Ng on Jun 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Cute kitty! I’m amazed by her perseverance staying in the main hall for hours looking undisturbed at the Buddhas with admiring eyes. And furthermore she avoid killing! I feel she’s not ordinary. Very inspiring example. Thanks kitty cat :)

  10. Daniel on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Cats hunt and they eat meat – it’s how they have evolved. Look at their claws, their teeth, even their bodies – they are little hunting machines. They don’t have moral values, they are innocent, they have no malice and beyond our stupid human prejudices. So, if a cat kills, it is not bad karma for them. There is nothing great about a vegetarian cat. It is not a better cat. It’s a cat that eats vegetables.

  11. Irene Lim on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Cat can also choose to have a compassionate diet. If Cat can do this, humans can easily do likewise without any difficulty.

  12. Irene Lim on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is an amazing cat! Be inspired.

  13. tfreon on Jul 7, 2012 at 3:15 am

    This cat is a very special cats. From this cat, i saw in him strong “Guru Devotion”. Even a cat can learn how to devote to a Guru. This touched me deeply.

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  15. edward ooi on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    This cat is so adorable! He obeys the chief nun and never eat meat or kill an insect or animal, this is so amazing. If the cat can be a vegetarian and doesn’t even kill a life at all, why can’t us humans do it? So if think you are better than the cat, then you better stop eating animals. And here is the amazing part, the cat will sit in the temple stare and pray to the buddha statue for hours without walking around. Thank you

  16. Sean Wang on Dec 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    This is so cool. Why does South Korea have all these cool stuff. This and now Gangnam Style :P It is very cool to know that even animals are going vegetarian. Vegetarian foods are extremely good for cats, it has all the necessary nutrients.

  17. wei theng on Jan 13, 2013 at 3:30 am

    OMB, this is so cute!
    Rejoice with the cat to have the chance to be closed to Buddha Dharma. Although I am not sure if it is really practicing by sitting in front of Buddha image, but I am sure it has good imprints planted.
    It has also not committing more killing by being vegetarian. Even a cat can be vegetarian, what excuse can we say to not to be vegetarian!

  18. Khong Jean Mei on Jan 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    One thing that really scares me about becoming reborn as an animal is that I will have no control over what I eat. It doesn’t matter what I eat, but the fact that I may have no choice but to eat meat and continue the vicious cycle of being part of the killing food chain is a horrible feeling.

    This cat story is an amazing read. It shows that perhaps in his/her previous life, the cat was probably a vegetarian and hence in this life it’s not easy to eat meat.

    Even in this life, I find it difficult to digest meat. I hope that this repulsion towards meat is brought over to my next life – regardless of what state I’ll be reborn in!

  19. beatrix ooi on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This is such a wonderful article to read! Good to know that the cats are vegetarian. Now that the cats are vegetarian, then why can’t us practise the same thing?
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  20. Lucas Pascal Roth on Mar 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    wow, this is amazing and cool! i cant believe that a cat can do all of this it is really nice to know that a animal can do this along with people. maybe a monk in the past life?…

  21. tenzinkhenchen on Apr 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    This story is very interesting. Who would have thought that predatory animals like cats can go vegetarian! If cats, who are meant to eat meat, can go vegetarian, I do not see how humans are incapable in becoming a vegetarian. If someone says that it is impossible to be vegetarian, show them this article!

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  23. tong sun sun on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    猫咪投身畜道都可以吃素和祈祷,我们人类难得获得如此瑕妙身更是要努力修持,更精进。

  24. t on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    If by watching this and forcing against the heart to follow a certain belief as a result making the heart heavy, this would be very wrong. This would be no different from a blind man feeling an elephant and tainted the enlightening mind. Why? The heart should be lighten to follow a path similar to how one build up the understanding of certain action before knowing the correct action to execute and if the action is execute without the cause, great repellion occurs doing more harm than benefit and is this not extreme action compare to the neutral path that benefit more. So let say if by changing the diet of the kitty start to waste its life overtime due to the absent of missing element(this term is used to simplified understanding as i guess a student of microbiology would be able to explain more on it) to break down veg, it would be almost similar to a depressed person starving itself to death and that would be wasting off a precious life time if correct action is not rectify due to misinterpreting. one can use this life time to understand the way of enlightenment even-through it cannot practice it due to its circumstances so one must learned to judge what the heart is able to do and not what others can and followed blindly. That why i mention the heart would feel lighter when you are doing the correct things and not forcing it to do what it cannot. This is a reminder to us not just to belief in things because they are a special case or a someone great say so.(Applicable to those already calm the heart)
    By the way, where is this temple in korea(if possible, can provide address) because the last time i visited(my guess that i maybe probably around city area only), i seldom see temple but mostly church around and had difficulties finding vegetarian food there too so probably next time i go, i would try to locate myself somewhere near to such temple so that easier to get veg food.

  25. Beatrix Ooi on Mar 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This is so cute! Even cat can be vegetarian, why can’t we humans be one? Sometimes I really do not think that some animals are originally carnivores, it’s just the environments they live in made them become one.

  26. Edward Ooi on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:44 am

    If a cat is able to become a vegetarian then why not us? Cats are supposed to be carnivores while we humans are herbivores (Well not exactly, maybe omnivores). If the scientists says that we have to consume animal meat. Then fine, but we don’t have to consume them everyday. Some people have been vegetarian/vegan for their whole life. But do they have health issues? If you compare health problems between vegetarians and meat eaters, you will realize that meat eaters tend to have more health problems than vegetarians do. Many meat eaters have health problems such as cancer, heart attack, tapeworms in their intestines and high blood pressure. So please, if you care about your health then please become a vegetarian. Thank you

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    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    10 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Letting go of our attachments creates pain because we are deluded to think they bring happiness.~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Happiness is never achieved unless we apply dharma.~ H. E. Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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There is enlightenment when we surrender our petty attachments..~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Attachments are simply objects we mistakenly believe brings undending happiness.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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We have to be ready to change if we are looking for a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Such an honour to be able to be in same photo with our beautiful Kechara's pastors. DR.
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Donation box in aid of Kechara's soup kitchen prominently displayed in main entrance of Avenue K. DR.
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Letting go of our attachments creates pain because we are deluded to think they bring happiness.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Don't assume anything about anyone, just keep our minds open. ~ ‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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When we can help someone, why not ‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Whatever we do in samsara has to be abandoned sooner or later. Do dharma.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Resplendent is the one without attachments or grasping.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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There is enlightenment when we surrender our petty attachments. ~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Lovely picture of Mr.Mrs Teh inviting 20"Lama Tsongkapa from Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
The fact of the matter is this – we all should be treated equally and there should never be rules and regulations against us as people or citizens based on our religious beliefs. Whether our religious beliefs are accepted or considered accurate interpretations, we are still people underneath. We all need food, love, compassion and deserve inalienable birth rights such as freedom of choice. No leader, whether secular or religious, should ever be allowed to take that away from us. ~ I pray to what I want to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html Join us as we discuss this interesting topic on blog chat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat Date: USA Friday 19th Dec @7pmPST & M’SIA Saturday 20th Dec @11amGMT+8 (Joy)
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Pastor Adeline shared the second week of the topic"I pray to what I want to"with Kechara staffs.The discussion is from Rinpoche's blog post. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Lucy Yap
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There is no life when we live to bring pain to others and ourselves.~H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Attachments are simply objects we mistakenly believe brings undending happiness.~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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We have to be ready to change if we are looking for a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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: We have walked far but there is still farther to go.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Fear the lies and don't fear the truth. ~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Whatever activities we put so much import into actually is subjective when faced with death.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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