-
Advertorial
-
FOCUS
-
Guide
-
Lifestyle
-
Tech and Vogue
-
TechandScience
-
CHTF Special
-
Nanhan
-
Futian Today
-
Hit Bravo
-
Special Report
-
Junior Journalist Program
-
World Economy
-
Opinion
-
Diversions
-
Hotels
-
Movies
-
People
-
Person of the week
-
Weekend
-
Photo Highlights
-
Currency Focus
-
Kaleidoscope
-
Tech and Science
-
News Picks
-
Yes Teens
-
Fun
-
Budding Writers
-
Campus
-
Glamour
-
News
-
Digital Paper
-
Food drink
-
Majors_Forum
-
Speak Shenzhen
-
Business_Markets
-
Shopping
-
Travel
-
Restaurants
-
Hotels
-
Investment
-
Yearend Review
-
In depth
-
Leisure Highlights
-
Sports
-
World
-
QINGDAO TODAY
-
Entertainment
-
Business
-
Markets
-
Culture
-
China
-
Shenzhen
-
Important news
在线翻译:
szdaily -> Travel
Master Xuyun
    2017-June-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

jamesbaquet@gmail.com

Perhaps the greatest Buddhist Master of the 19th and 20th centuries was the monk called Xuyun (Empty Cloud). From Quanzhou to Kunming, and especially around northern Guangdong, it is hard to find a major temple untouched by his efforts.

Supposedly born in 1840 (but more likely around 1858) in Fujian, he was destined by his family to study Taoism. They also arranged two marriages for him, which took place when he was around 18. Prior to that, he had tried to run away and become a Buddhist monk, but he was captured and brought home.

At last, a year or so after his marriage, he went to Gushan in Fuzhou, leaving behind his wives, and shaved his head, becoming a monk. Again, his father sent agents to bring him home, but he hid in a cave, where he meditated for three years.

When he was 25, news arrived that his father had died. His step-mother and two wives then became Buddhist nuns.

Abandoning asceticism for The Middle Way — a balance between austerity and luxury — he later became a pilgrim, visiting Putuo Mountain near Ningbo, the island dedicated to Guanyin Bodhisattva. He also visited Wutai Mountain, seat of Dizang Bodhisattva, which he achieved by the method called Three Steps, One Prostration, dedicating the effort to the merit of his deceased parents. He also visited Tibet and, beyond China, India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.

After practicing at Anhui’s Jiuhua Mountain and other places, he became a restorer of dilapidated temples, and in 1953 became honorary president of the newly-formed Chinese Buddhist Association.

He passed away peacefully in Jiangxi in 1959.

 

深圳报业集团版权所有, 未经授权禁止复制; Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved.
Shenzhen Daily E-mail:szdaily@szszd.com.cn