[ 2007-02-27 10:10 ]
Former Chinese actress and business
celebrity Chen Xiaoxu has taken the
tonsure at a Buddhist temple in Changchun, capital of Jilin
province in northeast China, her husband told a newspaper Sunday.
Chen Xiaoxu became a household name in China in the 1980s after being cast
the lead role as Lin Daiyu in the TV soap opera "Dream of the Red Mansion", an
adaptation of the Chinese Qing Dynasty literary classic of the same name.
Following this popular role, however, Chen Xiaoxu did not pursue an acting
career. She disappeared from public view for several years until re-catching
people's attention, this time, as a successful businesswoman and billionaire in
The news of her tonsure was first disclosed by some "well-informed" fans
online and was confirmed by her husband, Hao Tong, who, he has himself said,
will soon follow his wife's suit to
become a monk in another monastery. Hao said such decision, which however sounds
much striking to the public, is their ideal.
Chen Xiaoxu was reported to still be at Baiguoxinglong Temple, the Buddhist
monastery where she received the tonsure ceremony. Chen will no longer take part
in business from now on as she concentrates on Buddhist studies at the
monastery, according to staff from her company.
An unconfirmed source adds that Chen Xiaoxu has been following the
Buddhist life credo for seven years.
take the tonsure: 削发为尼/僧
follow his wife's suit: 效仿妻子
life credo: 佛家信条