Friday, November 21, 2014

Liu Jingchong & The Meaning of Life

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python%27s_The_Meaning_of_Life 

 Liu Jingchong: 
Online millionaire 
gives up fortune to live in hut
Liu Jingchong’s perspective on life changed after a car accident.
Liu Jingchong’s perspective on life changed after a car accident.
  Source: australscope
 

A CHINESE man might be living proof 
that money doesn’t buy you happiness. 

Liu Jingchong, 38, was a successful multi-millionaire in China before he tossed all of his possessions and moved to a remote hut on the side of a mountain. However, the former manufacturing and textile baron might never have left behind the rat race in the bustling Guangdong province had it not been for a freak car accident — and a book. “It is true that I earned a lot of money and I can’t say I hated my life,” Jingchong told Central European News. “I would even say that I loved it, but all that changed when friends of mine and I had a car accident in a remote part of the country in north-western China’s Qinghai province.”
Liu Jingchong now lives in this hut. It is a nice hut.
Liu Jingchong now lives in this hut. It is a nice hut.  
Source: australscope
 
“We needed to get a new car and not all of us were fit to travel immediately. But as I was relatively OK, I stayed in a hotel where about the only thing to do was read a book on Buddhism.”

“I have to say it’s changed my life.”Upon his return to the real world, Jingchong delved deeper into Buddhist philosophy — which teaches that material goods are a cause of human suffering — and realised that he needed to change his life.
The hut is a tad smaller than his mansion.
The hut is a tad smaller than his mansion.  
Source: australscope
 
“I liquidated all my other possessions, including my seven cars, and my mansion and holiday homes, and I purchased this small hut, which is more than enough for my requirements as I sit here and study my texts.”Even though he is isolated in the remote western province of Shaanxi, Jingchong rejects the notion that he just wants to be alone.“Actually, I am very happy if people come to visit me. I love to meet new people in search of something more, and welcome the chance to share experiences.”

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