He blogs full-time, owns an iPhone, and wears thick-rimmed glasses. No, I’m not describing myself. I’m talking about 29-year-old celebrity monk Shi Daoxin (释道心), who has stirred up some controversy in mainland China over the past few years. Whereas most Buddhist monks might be applauded for their humility or piety, Shi is known for practicing an entirely different school of Buddhism.
A self-styled “singer monk,” Shi Daoxin first entered the spotlight in 2008 after moving to Beijing to launch a music career. He released his first album Samsara Far Over, featuring songs with lyrics from Buddhist texts. They would take China by storm, garnering thousands of hits online and playing on national radio and television. Another album followed.
Here’s an embarassing music video of his:
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