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Home Travel Guide Introduction Of Guangzhou A History of Buddhist Abbot of Six Banyan Temple

A History of Buddhist Abbot of Six Banyan Temple

If the Hua (flower) Pagoda does not present in this photo, no one will realize today's flourishing Liurong Road was used to be surrounded by many vegetable fields. How could we know such a peaceful place could breed a traitor of China.

In 1946, the death of a China monk (Tiechan) in jail raised people’s attention. Tiechan whose original name is Liu Xiumei is a Buddhist abbot of the Six Banyan Temple. Since his wife and son died of epidemic disease in 1894, Liu became a monk, and his Dharma name is Tiechan.

Tiechan possessed great social skills so he got along well with the Qing government and the Nationalist government. Soon he was in charge of the Six Banyan Temple. After he had donated his life savings and the incomes of Six Banyan Temple to the Qing government, he became very famous as he was awarded a plaque from the Qing government.

When Tiechan reached the prime of his life, the Japanese aggressors came and occupied Guangzhou in 1938. After Japanese invaders had heard Tiechan who was the head of Buddhism in Guangdong, they started to threaten and bribe Tiechan. Since Tiechan couldn’t resist the temptation, he became a traitor and helped the Japanese invaders to establish the school to brainwash the new generation of China. To ingratiate himself with the Japanese aggressors, he started to write articles for the invaders.


After World War II, Tiechan, who was accused of being the traitor of China, was under arrest in 1946. However, after spending half of a year in jail, he died of disease on September 27th,1946.