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Guanxiu or Huan-Hsiu; Family Name: Jiang, Personal Name: Xiu, Style Names: Deyin, Deyuan, Sobriquet: Chanyuelocked


Chinese, 9th – 10th century, male.

Born 832, in Lanxi (Zhejiang); died 912.


Guanxiu was a Chan Buddhist monk. At the age of seven he was sent to a Chan monastery, then, still at an early age, he left for Jianxi, where he painted portraits of arhats in the temple of the Hall of the Cloud. In 894, he was sent to Hangzhou, where he continued to decorate temple walls with portraits of arhats. In 896 he went to the court of Changsha (Hunan), but, becoming involved in an intrigue, had to flee and finally settled in Chengdu (Sichuan), after travelling through the southern provinces. There the King of Shu bestowed upon him the ‘Great Master of the Chan Moon’....

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