Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Monk Who Prayed For 20 Years



There are few people who have made their mark on life quite like monk Hua Chi.

He has knelt to pray so many times that his footprints remain deeply, perfectly ingrained on his temple’s wooden floor.



Hua, who is about 70, has been performing a strict daily ritual at the site in the monastery town of Tongren, in Qinghai province, China, for nearly 20 years.


Originally posted on: Chill Hour

49 comments:

  1. seems like a lot of wasted time.

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    1. You would feel better if you meditated a bit :)

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    2. I agree, meditation brings order to chaos.

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    3. If you think this is wasted time, you are a waste of time. And you are a waste of life also. Life is about spiritual growth, everything else is just music while you are working.

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    4. Easy there. Said person just doesn't understand why Hua would do such things. No need to lash out with anger and hate.

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    5. Praying is another form of meditation. Some may believe in speaking to God through prayer...but it's still meditation and speaking to your inner source or God or US or spirit eternal.

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    6. tell me how productive your life is and how you add value to your world

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    7. who do you pray to when you have nothing to look into..there all just collected stories being retold mankind is a enigma to itself, there is pain from a spiritualistic stand-point on mankind's stupidity.

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    8. you dont need to pray to anyone to expand your consciousness and spiritual awareness. spirituality is not religion. you can be spiritual without being religious.

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  2. You should try it at least once, it will change your perspective a bit. Maybe not much, considering what you posted, but you will change. :)

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  3. There are many roads home & some are waste of time. lol.

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  4. instead of bashing him saying its a waste of time. Try it what's the worst your going to do but spend time in thought. Ignorance is acceptable, willful ignorance is not. Don't bash a man because he believes in something with his heart, mind, and soul. instead try understanding his ethics rather than hiding behind anonymous replies... cowards. -Ryan Ridings

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  5. Devotion is the only proper life...all else is entertainment.

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  6. PERSPECTIVE ---you say waste of time. he says waste of life

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  7. What is time? What is life?

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  8. I'm sure it accomplished so much...

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  9. FAKE! Attention seeking monk must be lonely to waste time carving footprints into wood just to get people to come say "Hi"...

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    1. you're a real charmer. and an authority on devotion too it seems = you're the fake :)

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  10. Shame, because there is no god and no point to praying

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    1. Hua Chi is a Buddhist monk. As such, he is not praying to any "god."

      "Prayer" in Buddhism is not the same in other religions, whereby essentially you are begging for something from whatever deity you worship (give me good grades, give me the girl, etc).

      In nontheistic Buddhism, as we pray, we are not petitioning for something so much as we are reaffirming our intentions and asserting our vows.

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    2. buddhists do not pray to god or gods - maybe a bit of reading would assist

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  11. I am agnostic/atheistic in a way but it pains me to see the ignorance of people nowadays. What is wrong with accepting that someone else has found happiness doing what they feel, in their hearts, is the right thing to do? This monk reaffirms his faith on a daily basis while you people pray for Ferraris and winning the lottery. Christians especially, among other religions, are the most ignorant hypocritical lowest forms of scum on this Earth (in my most humble opinion at least) and still, I find a way to accept their lifestyles without bashing them (yes I know I just did there) and denouncing their faith to their faces.

    Get over your ignorance people, this world would be a better place without it.

    Chris "ChewToy" Akeroyd (there, you don't like my words, I am not hiding behind anonymity, come get me :) )

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    1. You list christians lower than muslims?

      I list them both towards the bottom but one is worse than the other, and its not the one you called scum

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  12. really cool,but people ignorant means lacking knowledge toward a subject, the word your looking for is arrogant.stop being so ignorant lol

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  13. prostration is powerful

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  14. Pretending to know the result of an action never taken is the downfall of the fool.

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    1. did you google that quote...

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  15. May that monk be happy and free of suffering. _/|\_

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  16. Could imagine the footprints are just byproducts of what he really was doing - meditating.

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  17. I think that is very beautiful

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  18. How pointless. And don't give me some shitty answer that human thought and devotion isn't wortheless. Action's speak louder than prayers, and although I'm cool with people praying, praying to this level is a waste of human potential. He could have saved a thousand lives in the time he wasted leaving footprints on a wooden board, wow how meaninless is that?!?

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    1. How many lives have you saved?

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    2. its wasn't pointless to him - just you - your opinion - and that's all it is- is no more valuable that the next persons - so what extraordinary things do you do with your life that add value to the world?

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    3. I am curious how many thousands of lives you have saved with the time you saved not meditating...

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    4. Thing is, an enlightened mind can save millions of lives. Don't knock somebody trying to improve themselves, when their only goal is to help others.

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    5. You guys are being harsh.. Yes religion is crazy, but Buddhism is a philosophy not a religion.. Meditation does wonders try it! Peace, love, and gratitude

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  19. he would have achieved what he was praying for in minutes only if his heart was clean

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    1. and yours is?

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    2. How do you know his achievement he was praying for wasn't just being alone, peaceful in solitude praying? Meditating is about looking further and deeper into your soul. Finding peace with and within everything. I don't pray for anything because I don't need anything more than I have. I do pray for enlightenment, peace, love, and tranquility. Replacing the world we live in with the life learning about our existence and our afterlife and how to carry on is a priceless gift we all owe to ourselves.

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  20. No, he didn't. If he did there'd be a bid round concave spot worn from his walking. Walking wears a floor more than standing, and standing isn't even the position in which he prays. If 20 years of coming there wore the spot down, it would have worn all the boards in all the places people stood.

    Sorry, but someone just thought this would make a good story. Clearly the imprints are a permanent and deliberate instalment at this temple.

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    1. again your opinion only not fact - you want them to prove it? then you also must offer proof

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    2. First of all, you obviously do not know what prostrations are. They are when you bow down and stand up over and over in a single session. Second, these were not "carved" out or anything else as another person stated, because the top wood grain pattern is visible throughout both the indentations and the other parts of wood, showing that these footprints were caused by weight; not carving. If this is so hard to believe I can't imagine the trouble some people will have understanding higher spiritual truths about the universe...but hopefully many of you will evolve with your open-mindedness eventually. Namaste

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    3. I agree 100%.
      This has been carved out.
      After 20 years of doing this the wood would have been worn out in a much bigger area.
      I am a carpenter, I have worked with wood for 24 years and seen more wear and tear than this, over a 5 year period of less daily use. This was carved/sanded out so that it was more comfortable for this person to pray.

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  21. I'm surprised that indentation only took 20 years, hm.

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    1. I believe he carved the footprints there purposely so he knows exactly where he needs to be each time he prays, someone just thought it would be a cool story and say its there from only 20 years of praying I think, I may be wrong but that's my thought.

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  22. Nice to see all the love being spread here.
    But Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, druids, atheists and every other religion/faith/cult has killed people for it's beliefs.
    So all of you get off your 'High Horse'.
    You are NO better than any other person in this world.
    Get over yourselves.

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    1. I worship Satan, and I hold in high regard the notion that you are an arrogant fool. In fact, my religion PRIDE'S ITSELF on contributing to the deaths of insolent slobs like yourself. Were these footprints worn they by years of praying? Most likely not. But did this man spend more time sanding his footprints into the floorboards than any of you condescending, feeble-minded dolt's spent thinking of your disrespectful comments? Probably. If your lack of faith in ANYTHING leaves you with nothing better to do than make scornful remarks at someone who has dedicated their life to peace, meditation, prayer, and mindfulness; you don't deserve to be the one acting superior. I would cut you up into little pieces and feed you to my cat.

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  23. FAKE. Looks like Oak. He carved them footprints.

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  24. Awesome! We're all Mad Here! Btw, if it is more comfortable to stand, I should make foot prints in my floor in front of the kitchen sink so I'm comfortable washing dishes & my mind! Love to you all! Hahaha! What a ride!

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