Li Shu Tong


His real name is Li Shutong (1880 - 1942), but is also known as Master Hongyi. Li was from a wealthy family in Pinghu, Zhejiang. Gifted with keen intelligence, he was referred to affectionately as a "child scholar" in primary school.

During 1905-1910 in Japan, he majored in painting and minored in music. Back in China, he worked as a teacher of both painting and music. He was also skilled in poetry, calligraphy, and seal-cutting. He established himself as one of the most famous educationalists in modern China. But his life took a fundamental turn at the age of 39, when he entered the monkhood at Tiger Spring Monastery until he died 24 years after. Meanwhile, he was made the 11th founder of the re-established Lu Sect of Buddhism.

Now, on display in the memorial hall are his works, paintings and calligraphy as well as his 100-odd hand-copied pieces of Buddhist scriptures. To the left side of the hall stands his residence. He spent the prime of his life in Hangzhou.