In 1880, Li Shutong was born in a salt merchant's family in Tianjin, and his family was rich. Li Shutong was extremely intelligent from an early age. He read poetry and books, studied calligraphy, painting, music, poetry and fu. In 1901, he joined Nanyang Engineering School, studied under Cai Yuanpei, and went to Japan to study in 1905. During that time, he founded a drama troupe and became one of the founders of Chinese drama. During this period, he made great achievements in both art and music. In 1915, he joined Xileng Printing Agency. In 1916, Li Shutong went on a hunger strike for 17 days in Huruoquan, Hangzhou. He became a vegetarian. In 1918, he finally joined Dinghui Temple in Huruoquan, Hangzhou. He became a monk by shaving his family name, performing his name and pronouncing Hongyi. Then Master Hongyi began to study Buddhism. In the next few decades, from Hangzhou to Xiamen and then to Quanzhou, Master Hongyi became a master of teaching, calligraphy and music creation. In October 1942, Yuanjing was 62 years old in Quanzhou. Li Shutong was born in the Tibetan Hutong of Hebei District. Now he has been demolished. The Tianjin Municipal Government built a memorial hall for him near his former residence by the Haihe River. The gate is on the quiet coastal road. There is a small parking lot with free tickets. After entering a small garden, it was a two-way courtyard. Each room had a brief introduction of Li Shutong's life, photographs and his calligraphy and painting works. There was also a room in which his music audition room was arranged. Some rooms were beautifully and vividly according to the layout of his year. I went to the quiet music audition room alone, sat on the comfortable sofa, put on a master's CD, put on headphones, and the soothing music sounded slowly, like a warm current, straight into the ear, from the brain to the whole body, to limbs and bones. A sunset sprinkled into the window, shone on my face, closed my eyes, feeling that this is the Master's warm hands touching my face and forehead, a hot tear, involuntarily flowing through my cheek [Master's warning] self-repair, to clear the heart. In dealing with the world, caution is the first step. Discipline oneself, should bring autumn. In life, spring breeze must be brought. Mind skill, with light and honesty as the first. Appearance, to be the first elder. Speech, with simplicity and truthfulness as the first. If you don't respect yourself, humiliate yourself. He who does not fear himself will bring misfortune. Evil is no greater than self-indulgence. No misfortune is greater than the misfortune of the speaker; the gentleman who gives it loses his virtue, and the villain who gives it kills me.
On October 22, I went to the former residence of Master Hongyi in Tianjin and was baptized: one is rich experience, the other is to lay down the realm of Buddha, the third is to convert to salvation, and the fourth is the perfect unity of calligraphy and Buddha and mind. Absolutely only one person in five hundred years. Unexpectedly, it was the day before the birth of the Master. It's rainy in autumn and quiet and elegant in the courtyard. Although it's a restored building, the master's life scene before his students is replicated. It's quiet and comfortable. The exhibits are very ancient. Now I think it's so coincidental, just like a master's contract. It's worth going!
Twenty years ago, a TV play about Li Shutong's life made me know this man from now on, and I hope to come to Tianjin one day. The former residence is located in the vicinity of the Italian Style Zone, which can be accessed by public transport on foot from the Style Zone and is hidden in the high buildings. The former residence has been renovated in recent years and is quite new. Brushing your ID card at the door is a free visit. It's more than 3 p.m., and there are few tourists. It's a good place to learn about the legendary life of a master once again.
It's really inspiring to learn a lot about Master Hongyi and where he lives.
Beside the ancient road outside Changting ~Li Shutong Memorial Hall! Worth it
Often traveling in Tianjin, the master was born in Tianjin by chance. Down the bustling high-rise is the former residence of the secluded master, with ID card free of admission tickets. Looking at this picture of the Master wearing Japanese military uniform, think about how funny he was when he was young. Master's love, talent and national sentiment are admirable.
It is located near the Memorial Hall of Zeuweilu Awareness Society in Hebei District. It's a garden building that shows Li Shutong, master Hongyi's calligraphy works. In October 1990, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Li Shutong's birth, a stele forest of Li Shutong's calligraphy was built. In this 635 square metre classical garden, more than 80 pieces of Li Shutong's middle and late calligraphy works are engraved, and the congratulations of famous calligraphers such as Chu Tunan, Zhao Puchu and Qigong are engraved.