Burma: The Jumping Cat Monastery

cat jumps through hoop

As the Lonely Planet puts it, the Buddhist Monks in this monastery have become so enlightened they have managed to teach cats to jump.

No joke.

I witnessed cats, yes pussy cats, jumping through hoops. It was mental. And awesome. And really cool.

This small wooden monastery is built on stilts on Inle Lake. There a couple of Monks chill out as tourists visit on their day trips and occasionally a young novice Monk will set up on the floor amongst the dozen or so cats that live in the temple and spend their day lounging about, as cats do.

Enlightenment, or just really fun? Either way, the Monks at this Monastery have got it sorted.