Re: Jigong

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Posted by SkySitter ( on October 04, 2000 at 07:14:20:

In Reply to: Jigong posted by Savaka on October 03, 2000 at 18:02:50:

: Jigong is a deity under the Taoist hierachy of gods in heaven. This deity dresses up like a beggar and is drunk half the time.

: The Jade Emperor depicted in the book is Sakkadevaraja (Sakka, King of Gods) in Buddhist terminology.

: I guess Jigong and Gotama Buddha never officially met when Gotama was alive so Jigong was never mention.

: And even of their meeting was recorded, Jigong would have probably been given a Pali or Sanskrit name so it will be anybody's guess.

: Sav

OK, I am coming cold (knowing nothing about the book, or the exact name of Jigong), but this is my guess.

Ji ("Assistant") Gong ("Duke", "Master") is a popular character in Chinese folk belief. A monk Dao ("Dharma", "law") Ji is the model. He is in the late years of North Song Dynasty (1100 after Common Era, 1700 after Buddha).
The temple for Jigong is the only Mahayana temple that doesn't require "strict vegetarism" since he is described in folk legends as "eating meat and drinking wine, with magic power to help people".

He is one of the most "close" and "friendly" "deity" in folk belief ("Buddhism", some might insist).

This is what I would guess...

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