While his fans keep spreading his message across the Chinese
cyber space, his antagonists tirelessly assail his original
story house at tianya forum (www.tianya.cn): Some question
his true identity, others - mainly Christian evangelical
extremists with the base in the United States - confront
(as these people often do when they found anyone who dares
to promote Chinese tradition and culture) his attempt to
advocate Buddhism openly in none-Buddhist oriented Chinese
Below is the translation of his first post appeared at 9:32pm
on April 27, 2007:
How are you, everybody. My name is No Anger (Jiechen 戒嗔).
Don't call me master, please. I'm not, and I'm still quite
When I was twelve, I got my head shaved and was ordained
as a novice monk. It’s not a simple matter. You’ll need
to find a full-fledged monk to be your master, to start
with. My master is Wisdom Follower (智缘), and he explained
to all the monks in the monastery that he was going to
take me as his disciple, all agreed, so I’m where I’m now.
Had a single monk objected the idea, the ordination would
not go ahead - and that’s how it works.
There are three levels of ordination. The entrance level
is to take a Novice Vow (沙弥戒) to observe 10 precepts. That
procedure is one person at a time, and you’ll have to be
at least seven-year old. I was twelve by then, so there
wasn't a problem with this.
Once a Novice reaches 20-years of age, if you get consent
from the senior monks in your monastery, the abbot will
call 10 full-fledged monks to witness you taking a Bhikkhu
Vow (比丘戒) with 250 precepts. This ordination ritual allows
up to three individuals in one go. After another five years,
you’re then allowed to leave your master and cultivate
on your own. I received the Bhikkhu Ordination the year
before, so far not yet five years, so I’m still a daily
follower of my master Wisdom Follower.
Not every novice has an opportunity to be considered for
the higher ordination when he turns 20. Among the boys
entering the monastery at the same time with me, No Ego
(戒傲) and I are the only two who have taken the second level
vow, others have to wait until the next year.
Five years after the Bihkkhu ordination, you may have
a chance to receive the top level one by taking the Bodhisattva
All this may sound a bit like a position titles and ranks,
in fact, they are much more complicated than you might
think, so I’m not going to elaborate further - I don’t
want to confuse you. But one aspect is the same: different
ranks do associate with different status and living arrangements
- this is the same everywhere.
Sorry, my master is calling me now, I’ve got to go, but
will be back to tell more about our monastery, so please
stay tuned. I don’t know if you guys like these stories,
if do, leave your comments. I share a PC with other junior
monks, only the elders have their own computers.