Amid chaos in Shenfang (什邡县) caused by the massive
earthquake that killed thousands people in the county,
there is a place where life is still running orderly and
calmly, with thousands homeless quake victims found a temporary
If you go there you'll see tents are aligned in rows, beds
are set up within the tents, hot water is provided 24 hours
a day, and spicy meals are offered for free, where injured
get treated, distressed get relieved, 28 post-quake babies
were born, and 28 new moms get nourished.
Yet for over thousands of years, this premises was exclusively
reserved for hermits who
aspired to never again be reborn.
Yep, this place is an ancient Buddhist
monastery Luohansi (罗汉寺), and the hosts of this temporary
quake relief centre are forty Buddhist
monks who are called "Uncle Monk" by the
kids under their care.
Immediately after the fatal earthquake on 12 May, 800 people
sought refugee in the monastery. By the second day, the number
of people arrived jumped to 1,200, and figure keeps growing
The monks give all they have to help those in need, and
before the tents were set up, they spent their nights under
umbrella in downpour rain, allowing the victims newly arrived
from the ruined mountain villages to have a rest in their
The monastery in fact has also been hit by the quake - the
roof of a praying hall built during the Ming
Dynasty cracked and leaking, and the part of their kitchen
walls collapsed. However, the bells are still intoned in
morning and gong beat prior to nightfall, and the meals catering
for 3,000 people are cooked in the damaged kitchen, from
3am to 8pm, every day.
This is how the true followers of the Buddha act.
(Source of info and original photos: Chinese online media)
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