Qingshui (monk)

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Zushi Temple in Taipei is dedicated to Qingshui.

Qingshui (Chinese: 清水; pinyin: Qīngshuǐ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chheng-chúi; 1047-1101), also known as Chó͘-su-kong (Chinese: 祖師公; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chó͘-su-kong), born Chen Zhaoyin (Chinese: 陳昭應; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Chiau-èng) was a Chan Buddhist monk during the Northern Song from Anxi County, Quanzhou. He was said to have gained supernatural powers gained through his skill in speaking the dharma and meditation.[1] Through this, he is said to have saved the town of Anxi during a period of drought, bringing rain as he went from place to place. In reverence, the villagers built shrines to him and hence became a deified person in Chinese folk religion.

Qingshui is also known by the following nicknames:[1]

  • Dropping Nose Ancestor (Chinese: 落筆祖師公; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lo̍h-pit-Chó͘-su-kong), known for the prominent nose featured in Qingshui's effigies
  • Black Faced Ancestor (Chinese: 烏面祖師公; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: o͘-bīn-chó͘-su-kong)

Worship of Qingshui is especially popular in Taiwan, where he is worshiped by local villagers for protection and in overseas Hokkien-speaking communities. His birthday is celebrated on the sixth day of the sixth lunar month.


Qingshui was born in 1047. He became a monk when he was young, and his early potential was recognized by the chief monk at the temple. When the chief monk died, Qingshui became the next chief monk at the temple. He is credited with many famous quotes made during his lifetime.


Below listed his achievements:

  • building bridges- He has helped built more than 10 different bridges around the towns.
  • herb medicine creation- In china, there is a saying "When you save the life of one, it will even help you more than reaching heaven when you die." And he has learned about many different medical herbs. And his achievements in medicine is even on-par to those of the professionals in that era.
  • praying for rain-Normal people believes that there is no man that can control the weather, only man of a holy status passed down by god will be able to achieve this. And when Qingshui is alive, he has made numerals success as he pray for rain during drought.


It is stated that all the descendants would worship him using fruit, cakes and other vegetables as sacrificial items on his birthday every year to prove their loyalty to his teachings and their loves. And up till now, many people still visits his temple throughout the years to pray for his divine protections. Some also believes they will gain great luck for the rest of the year by paying their visits.

Temples dedicated to Qingshui[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tan, Chee Beng (2006). Southern Fujian: reproduction of traditions in Post-Mao China. Chinese University of Hong Kong. p. 125. ISBN 978-9629962333. Retrieved 2011. 

Category:1047 births Category:1101 deaths Category:Chinese gods Category:Song Dynasty Buddhists