Original Chinese Language Article by: http://www.sanyuanfojiao.org.cn (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Dharma Master Huai Shan is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Buddhist Association of China,
An old Ch’an monk (believed to Venerable Shao Yun) remains seated and indifferent to the presence of an international guest. In fact President Putin specifically requested that this monk should remain seated due to his age and renowned spiritual attainment at the Shaolin Temple. Venerable Shao Yun was a disciple of Master Xu Yun (1840-1959).
As Ch’an masters have been generally celibate, the idea of successful procreation does not hold for the perpetuation of their respective lineages. In the case of enlightened lay Ch’an masters – even if they have off-spring it is not guaranteed that their children will be enlightened beings.
The foreigners had even once enjoyed the special privileges of paying one hundred US dollars as compensation for killing a donkey, eight dollars for killing a man. They had not been liable for trial by Chinese courts if they raped a Chinese woman.
Within Hakka areas of China, the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as ‘Eighth Lunar Month’ and ‘Mid-Eighth Lunar Month’ Festival. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hakka people not only eat Moon Cakes, but also gather together to share the tradition of watching the Full Moon, and many other unique cultural activities.