By by Guo Xiaoting (Author), John Robert Shaw (Translator), Victoria Cass Ph.D. (Introduction)
Keep on with the intense and hilarious adventures of a mad Zen Buddhist monk who rose from humble beginnings to turn into one in every of China's maximum people heroes!
Ji Gong studied on the nice Ling Yin monastery, a huge temple that also levels up the steep hills above Hangzhou, close to Shanghai. The Chan (Zen) Buddhist masters of the temple attempted to coach Ji Gong within the spartan practices in their sect, however the younger monk, following within the footsteps of different nice ne'er-do-wells, amazing himself more often than not through getting expelled. He left the monastery, grew to become a wanderer with not often a formal piece of garments to put on, and completed nice renown—in seedy wine outlets and ingesting establishments!
This might have been the place Ji Gong's tale ended. yet his unorthodox kind of Buddhism quickly made him a hero for well known storytellers of the tune dynasty period. Audiences overjoyed in stories the place the mad previous monk ignored—or even mocked—authority, defied good judgment, by no means ignored the wine, but nonetheless controlled to save lots of the day. Ji Gong is still well known in China even this day, the place he frequently seems because the clever previous drunken idiot in videos and television exhibits. In Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong, you are going to learn how he has a rogue's knack for exposing the corrupt and legal whereas nonetheless pursuing the dual delights of enlightenment and intoxication. This literary vintage of a touring martial arts grasp, struggling with evil and righting wrongs, will entertain Western readers of every age!
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31 The Ji Gong stories have had their own great lineage. From storyteller performances to storyteller scripts, to smooth narratives by Qing writers, to contemporary movies, and then to TV shows, Ji Gong has lasted a millennium. He has, in fact, fared better than Confucius. Not that this is surprising. When the court and its revered texts and malign proclamations were abandoned, the oral tradition survived. Performers retained the lore of Ji Gong in their prodigious memories. Nor was Ji Gong a mere entertainer.
1 Lord Ji studied at the great Lingyin Monastery, an immense temple compound that still ranges solemnly up the steep hills above Hangzhou. The Chan masters of the temple instructed him in the infamously harsh practices of their sect, but failed; the young monk, following in the steps of other great ne’er-do-wells and holy fools of Chinese religions, managed the one distinct accomplishment revealed in this account: he got himself fired. He left the monastery, became a wanderer with hardly a proper jacket to wear, and achieved renown—not in the temples, but in the wine shops.
Soon wealthy matrons would be pointing out their bits of brocade to their friends, but before that could happen, the robe suddenly disappeared. No one knew where it had gone, but all the monks guessed that Dao Ji, the Chan (Zen) monk, had taken it, and he was missing. Who was this Dao Ji? He was the son of a military officer, Li Maoqun. Li was usually addressed as Li Yuanwai. Most respected gentlemen were called yuanwai in the time of the Southern Song Dynasty. ), Li was living not far from the capital Hangzhou, more commonly called Linan in those times.
Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong: The Drunken Wisdom of China's Most Famous Chan Buddhist Monk by by Guo Xiaoting (Author), John Robert Shaw (Translator), Victoria Cass Ph.D. (Introduction)