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Friday, December 12

The Unsuspecting Disciple

Yup, that'd be...ME.

So get this. Apparently, I was officially accepted by Xin Yun Fa Shi (aka lead monk of a now fairly large Buddhist sect following in Taiwan) when I was about 5 years old.

When we lived in ATL, my grandfather had ordered my parents to visit Xin Yun Fa Shi (this was before he was really well-known) in LA and become his disciples...so, off they filially went. I guess it's sort of like being baptized?

My mom pointed him (uhh, my head monk?! I totally need to work on this proper names thing) out to me over Thanksgiving break on TV (we get satellite Chinese channels). He's so plumply cute, with twinkling eyes, freckled sunspots on his face, Buddha ears, a kind smile, and a calm voice--everything you could possibly imagine one's Head Monk ought to be like.

Also apparently, Mr. XYFS Head Monk told my mom I had "Hui Gen," which directly translates into "Wise Roots" and is roughly equivalent to having the potential to develop wisdom or something along those lines.

...yes, ME at 5 years old.

I think it had something to do with my ear shape? Or maybe the deeply intense look in my eyes as I solemnly...so evidently wisely looked up to him.

Which I find ridiculously hilarious, oddly flattering, and slightly unnerving. I wonder if he were to meet his long-lost, unsuspecting, possible black sheep disciple again, what would he say?

"How could you put holes in those ears?!"


0:) Oh, boy.

12 Musing(s):

Angela said...

I would guess your parents were really flattered when the monk said you had "wise roots!" Shoot, I know MY parent's would be smiling from ear to ear if they heard that!

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

Hi Joanne, I was wondering if we can exchange links. And a happy new year (belated)...

linda said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Miss Marie said...

Congratulations! :)

Amy said...

I've been reading your blog, and I love your writing and little pearls of wisdom here and there. :) Just wanted to tell you to keep it up! As for possessing some mystic quality at 5 years old... well, that certainly makes for a good story!

moonpointer said...

Maybe u should learn more about the Dharma to test your 'wise roots' to see if he was right!

Amituofo :-]

taiwan culture said...

Now you can share with us some meditation tips. :)

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