Chinese girl gives up her love of designer luxuries for a solitary life as a monk

  • Despite being privileged and well educated Ting gave up everything
  • Retreated to monastery called Xinlongdongzhi Temple 13,000ft up a mountain
  • Changed name to Caizhenwangmu, and spends days in prayer and meditation
  • After posting a picture of her new life online has become hit in China
  • Many praise her decision in the money and success crazed country

By Katy Winter


Many young girls dream of careers, marriage, fun and happiness and endlessly plot and plan tne best ways to get what they want out of life.

And though for many young women, dreams of houses and lasting love are high on the list for one Chinese woman, fulfillment lay in becoming a monk.

However, in her former life Ting Tien, 24, enjoyed an affluent lifestyle full of designer clothes and make up.

Ting Tien led the life of any other privileged teenage girl (left) before making the dramatic decision to give up all her possessions and become a Buddhist  monk (right)

Ting Tien led the life of any other privileged teenage girl (left) before making the dramatic decision to give up all her possessions and become a Buddhist monk (right)

After posting a photo of herself online in her new life, Ting, pictured here with her parents, became a hit across China

After posting a photo of herself online in her new life, Ting, pictured here with her parents, became a hit across China

But she made the decision to abandon her life of comfort and luxury in Jinan City in Eastern China and shave her head, to follow a life of, sacrifice and prayer as a Buddhist monk.

It was only after graduating from Qingdao University in Shandong Province, Ting became disillusioned with the lifestyle she and her fellow career minded friends were leading, finding it increasingly materialistic.

She retreated to a monastery called Xinlongdongzhi Temple, 13,000 feet up a snow covered mountain in Sichuan Province, and there, she said, she found fulfilment in the search for true enlightenment.

She changed her name to Caizhenwangmu, and spends her day in prayer and meditation in a life of Buddhist spiritual fulfilment.

She is surrounded by fellow monks who have shunned the material world to live their cloistered existence.

It was only after graduating from Qingdao University in Shandong Province (pictured), Ting became disillusioned with the lifestyle she and her fellow career minded friends were leading

It was only after graduating from Qingdao University in Shandong Province (pictured), Ting became disillusioned with the lifestyle she and her fellow career minded friends were leading

The picture she posted of herself on line led many to question why she would give up so much, to which Ting responds she needed to gain and understanding of life and death

The picture she posted of herself on line led many to question why she would give up so much, to which Ting responds she needed to gain and understanding of life and death

In her previous life Ting Tien liked the same designer clothes and make up as other young woman and many have applauded her decision in a country where the pursuit of money and success is now a national mania

In her previous life Ting Tien liked the same designer clothes and make up as other young woman and many have applauded her decision in a country where the pursuit of money and success is now a national mania

After posting a photo of herself online in her new life, she became a hit across China. In a country where the pursuit of money and success is now a national mania, many applauded her for choosing a different, more tranquil path in life.

But there were also others who could not understand why she would give up the material world for the secular one.

Responding on her Twitter account, she said: 'It is hard to answer why I choose to be a monk. Nothing bad had happened to me, and I'm not trying to escape from the world.

'I just feel a need to gain an understanding of life and death, and what it's all about.

'I'm also eager to do what I can to make the world a better place for all living creatures. What's more, believing in Buddha makes me a monk.'


 

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I don't think she'll find true spiritual enlightenment if she's still craving attention from strangers online and on Twitter! If she was genuine we wouldn't know anything about it.

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That's the truth. A small step in the right direction perhaps (which is all that matters in the end).

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It's a breath of fresh air to see a young person knowing and understand their purpose in life. Well done

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Believe in the Lord Jesus; He is the only way to salvation. Read the book of John in the Bible to start with,

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Oh lawd.

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smdh

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I suggest you not to believe in Chinese, who can tell any lies to get fame.

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Silly girl, she be back to nornal in a couple of years.

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Give her a couple years. She will be out of there!!

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This will probably really throw a spot light on my ignorance but I didn't realize that women could become monks. I thought it was only men. Need to do some research.

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Me too. I thought men became monks and women became nuns.

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I applaud her and I hope her 'fame' in China will lead to a reconsideration of the devastating oppression of the people of Tibet.

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We will just have to wait and see whether she is in there for the long haul.

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Enlightenment and posting images of herself online? !! Hmmmmm...

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Exactly what I thought. If you are truly to shed the trappings of modern society then surely the first thing to do is to ditch the selfie?

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