Festival “Virtues” called “Shanlian” in the Baitusi temple 白兔寺
Shifu Shi Yanji （释延极, shì yán jí）, he is the Abbot of the temple of the white rabbit in the city of Xuchang, Henan province took him from the folklore.
In ancient times, in the area of Xuchang was a severe drought and plague. Locals with good will went to the temple to pray for rain. My wife prayed, “I have no money and no face. If this drought and plague can be alleviated, I will take a fan and fan the Buddha with it.”
Later, the Buddha was moved by the piety of the people and used the divine rain to soften the drought and eliminate the plague.
To Express gratitude to Buddha, in summer people go to the temple to worship and wave a fan as a sign of kindness.
In fact, there is a play on the words “Waving a fan” 扇凉 shānliáng meaning “kindness” 善良 shànliáng, so we can conclude that the essence of the story is to encourage people to pass on cultural values by inheritance.
Shi Yanji said the event was also held to further inherit the beautiful traditional Chinese folk culture, develop the spiritual ties of Buddhism with the world and spread the positive energy of Buddhist culture.