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Ciming Incarnation

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Ciming (1904-1991), whose folk name was Chen Wanchao with courtesy name being Furu and religious name being Daosen. He was born in Sanhe Village, Jiangsu Province. When six years old, he entered a local temple, following a Kongfu Coach from Shaolin Temple, Liaoqin to practice Kongfu. He returned home and stayed for 3 years. And came back to the temple to become a monk, and was renamed Ciming. In 1934, he went to Longchang Temple in Mountain Baohua, Nanjing City to be fully disciplined. In 1937, he followed Monk Laiguo to further study and was appointed several important positions. When new China was founded, he participated in constructing irrigation works. In the construction site in Xinjiang Town, he shouldered two baskets of earth weighed 400 kg, which was equal to several people's. He was awarded a flag embroidered eight hundred Jin and a mulberry shoulder pole. From then on, he was known as eight hundred Jin in the middle part of Jiangsu province. In the spring of 1961, he moved to Shuangxi Temple, by turn he lived in Shuifu Temple, The Longevity Hall, Yisu Nunnery and Dongya Temple. In 1963 he was transferred to a buddhist team in Tongling and lived in Yongping Nunnery. In 1979 he returned to Mountain Jiuhua and lived in Dongya Bell Room. He had taken charge of the bell for nearlly 10 years. He always wore a shapless felt hat and hold a convenient spade. He was ugly in appearance but kind in heart. In 1988, he went Zhengtian Gate to lead the repairing work of Linggong Palace, he painted the the figures, watched the rules strictly and sat cross-legged to meditate. Before he died, he wrote a poem saying: Dead or alive, it's not important, if not leave, staying would be vacant. At 6 PM., on 11st, Jan, 1991, he died and his body was put into a pot at the request of him. When the pot was opened 3 years later, it was found that his hair still existed, his Adam's apple could be easily traced, and his skin was intact. So it was put into the Longevity Hall and worshipped there.

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Wuxia Incarnation

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Haiyu (1513-1623), was an eminent monk in the Ming Dynasty, Wuxia is his courtesy name, whose fresh body has been kept in The Longevity Hall For more than 500 years. He was born in Wanping (today Beijing) and became a monk in 1536 in Mountain Wutai. After visiting Mountain E'mei and other buddhist sacred places, he came to Mountain Jiuhua and settled on Mokong Ridge, Zhaoxia Peak, his nunnery was named Zhaixing Nunnery. He led a simple life, manditated hard and followed a strict religious discipline. He stayed all year ate any cooked food, feeding himself on Huangjing and other plants, and spring water. He punctured his tongue for blood, which he mixed with gold powder to use as ink as he copied Dafang Guang sutra. It cost him 20 years to finish 81 volumes. They are now kept in Jiuhua History Museum as invaluable documents. In the autumn of 1623, he said a rhyme: I am more than 100 age, though skinny, I am a sage, at the mouth of the cave a secret I believed that stars shining in sky can be achieved where I am returning? I will be back with plum in spring. Then he requested his disciples to put his body in a pot after he die. Finishing this, he passed away. 3 years later, the pot was opened and his body was intact, so it was gilded and enshrined in the expanded nunnery which was renamed The longevity Hall by his disciple Huiguang. In 1630, he was named Yingshen Bodhisattva by Emperor Congzhen, Ming Dynasty, also inscribe “kindness is precious” on a board for him. The tower holding his body was named Lotus Treasury. During the cultural revolution, Weineng, Puguang and Wuguang transferred it underground secretly in spite of danger, thus prevented it from being burnt. Now it is still worshipped in The Longevity Hall.

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