Beijing (CNN)This funny-looking, chubby robot might well be the most popular Buddhist monk in China.
Standing two-feet (60 centimeters) tall, Xian’er is based on a cartoon character created by a Buddhist master at Beijing’s Longquan Temple.
He’s already attracted a steady stream of admirers to the 1,700-year-old place of worship after first shooting to fame on Chinese social media.
Himself a graduate of the prestigious Peking University, Xianxun said the main reason is that the temple is in an area close to Beijing’s — and arguably China’s — top universities.
China officially remains an atheist country.
In the temple’s library, which houses tens of thousands of Buddhist books, a full array of ideological works by and about Chinese President Xi Jinping can hardly be missed.
Yet Xian’er doesn’t seem care too much about Communist ideology.
When asked about his Chinese dream — a term President Xi Jinping promotes — he says he wants to open an ice cream stand.
Temple’s chatty robot monk dispenses Buddhist wisdom in China