Postgraduate student works in Shaolin Temple after graduation, and is in charge of The Tripitaka Sutra Pavilion
4 years ago, Zhu Bingfan graduated from Sun Yat-sen University and got his Master degree. He had receieved many high offers from State Owned Enterprises and Foreign Companies, for which many students are desperately looking to get into. However, he refused to work in these excellent companies and chose to work in Shaolin Temple. His job was somehow miserable: he stayed in the temple most of his time but he is not a monk; he is responsible for The Tripitaka Sutra Pavilion (the library in Shaolin Temple) and regularly received some big shots. In recent years, he has experienced many tough crises and dealt with the problems using his excellent social skills. He preserved his company brand of Shaolin Temple exhaustedly and sincerely. What kind of person is he? And what does the Shaolin Temple look like in his eyes? The reporter is full of questions.
On the morning of 10th in April, at the new campus of Zhengzhou University, the reporter met Zhu Bingfan in front of the library. Zhu Bingfan told him that he went to Shaolin Culture Research Institute of Zhengzhou University from Shaolin Temple on October last year. “Shaolin Culture Research Institute of Zhengzhou University” was prepared in 2011 and was found on April 15th, 2013.
“I lived in the temple before I moved to the Research Institute, but I was not fully part of the religion and didn’t become a real monk. I work in the day and have much free time at night. Generally, I do exercise, reading and chat with other monks to spend time”.
“Even though we don’t have any entertainment and activities in the temple and eat vegetarian dishes every day, I don’t live in a life which is similar with other monks and I can go any place without limitations and don’t have to work from 9am to 5pm, also I can go to town often. From talking with different monks I realize that there are many knowledgeable, high degree holders here”.
At present, there are at least 50 monks which go abroad to study in USA, UK, Singapore and Japan. Recently, knowledge is regarded as the most important condition to become a monk; therefore, many outstanding students come to Shaolin Temple to begin their career.
Zhu Bingfan was hired by Henan Shaolin Intangible Asset Management Co., Ltd, and his main responsibilities are protecting the trademark and brand name. The head office is located in Zhengzhou, but he was sent to Shaolin Temple after he joined in the company. It has been almost 4 years since he worked here.
Author: Fred Ou
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