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A Rock of Ji gong
济公

16 June 2009
 

Ji Gong (济公, 1148 - 1209) is a legendary Chinese Buddhist monk with distinct otherworldly personality and incredible superman quality. The sole objective of his earthly existence is to relieve sufferings of other people and to help shaping a fairer world.

For 800 years since he ended his earthly journey, the legend of Ji Gong has become indispensable part of Chinese cultural tradition.

Last month in his native land, Celestial Platform (天台) of Zhejiang Province (浙江), a tourist discovered that a part of the hill uncanningly resembles the image of Ji Gong.

A Ji Gong Statue in ancient Buddhist monastery Jiechuang Si (戒幢律寺) in Suzhou

A Ji Gong portrait by a Chinese artist

(Source of info/photos: fjnet.com)

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Chinese Buddhist monks from the mainland and Taiwan perform on a concert during recent International Ji Gong Cultural Festival (国际济公文化节)

China celebrated its 4th Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage on 13 June 2009. The legend of Ji Gong was one of the first to be listed as the national intangible cultural heritages three years ago.

(Source of info/photos: 佛教在线)

A famous Shanghai comedy actor You Benchang (游本昌) plays Ji Gong

Ji Gong Theme Song in TV series Ji Gong:

鞋儿破,帽儿破,
身上的袈裟破;
你笑我,他笑我,
一把扇儿破.
南无阿弥陀佛!

无烦无恼无忧愁,
世态炎凉皆看破,
走啊走乐啊乐,
哪里有不平哪有我.
南无阿弥陀佛!

(Source of info/photos: 临安新闻网)


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