Chai Kung (Jigong, or Jigong the Living Buddha), born Li Xinyuang (or Xiuyuan) in Tiantai County, Taizhou (present-day Linhai County, Zhejiang Province), was a renowned monk in the Southern Song Dynasty. At the age of 18, he was ordained as a monk in Lingyin Monastery in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. He spent his golden years in Jingci Monastery in Nanping Mountain – hence the name “Ancient Buddha of Nanping”. Meanwhile, it is said that Chai Kung often pretended to be insane, and ate meat as well as drank wine. He did not observe religious taboos and was thus called “Jidian (crazy Ji)”. Yet, he never hesitated to help people who fell victim to injustice and became a revered hero. According to legend, Chai Kung was the incarnate of a luohan (arhat) and was considered one of the sinolised luohan.
Expelling ghosts and evil; curing epidemics and diseases; seeking health
Birthday of Chai Kung (8th day of 4th lunar month, 25th day of 8th lunar month)
Kwong Fook Tsz, Tai Ping Shan