Peak Flying from Afar, whose name is associated with the soul figure of Lingyin Temple – Daoji Monk, is in fact a hill where peculiar shaped rocks and numerous exquisite engravings are religiously seen to capture the attention of thousands.
According to folk legends there was once a little peak in E’Mei Mountain, Sichuan Province, that could fly and in doing so caused a great deal of damage.
Back then an immortal disguised himself as a monk in Lingyin Temple. Daoji Monk, as he was known, didn't follow the monastic rules for Buddhists and spoke nonsense all day long.
One day Daoji Monk learnt that the strange peak would be flying to Hangzhou and drop onto a village, at noon, in front of the Lingyin Temple. Daoji was so concerned about the safety of the villagers that he informed them of the news instantly, urging them to pack up their things and evacuate, but no one seemed to believe him. The villagers thought it was just one of his nonsenses and laughed that how could such a thing fly.
The statue of Maitreya Buddha
With the sun rising higher and higher in the sky there was not much time left and Daoji Monk got more and more anxious. Then an idea occurred to him, it just so happened that on that particular day there was also going to be a wedding, so Daoji Monk decided to sneak into the wedding ceremony and, without saying a word, picked up the bride and fled. Discovering that Daoji Monk had stolen the bride all the villagers put their work aside and went to rescue the bride, except for the mean landlord.
After the villagers chased Daoji to a place, miles away from the village, Daoji Monk stopped and let the bride down. Villagers had hardly approached Daoji Monk when a thundering sound caught their attention. It turned out that a peak did land on the village and when the people realized Daoji Monk had done all this to save everyone's life they turned to thank him, however the mean landlord wasn’t so lucky and was crushed to death.
When the villagers were about to leave Daoji Monk suggested engraving 500 arhats onto the peak to prevent it from flying elsewhere and causing more damage. Everyone was in favor of his idea and since then the flying peak has not moved an inch and the 500 arhat engravings have become one of the peak’s highlights.
As the peak was flying from E’Mei Mountain, it is therefore named the Peak Flying from Afar.
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