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Old Man Found Dead on Train Station Bench, Monk Prays For Him

A monk prays for a dead elderly man discovered by other travelers in a Shanxi, China train station.

A monk prays for a dead elderly man discovered by other travelers in a Shanxi, China train station.

From NetEase:

Elderly person dies in train station waiting hall, monk waiting for his train prays for his soul

November 25th, travelers noticed an old man asleep who had been asleep on a bench for a long time. When they patted him, the old man’s body was cool to the touch and 120 emergency first aid personnel then confirmed that the old man had passed away. A monk who was waiting for his train performed a religious ceremony for the old man to help his soul find peace.

[Above photo] November 25th, an elderly person passed away in the waiting hall of the Shanxi Taiyuan train station. A monk who happened to be waiting for his train went forth, held the deceased’s hand, and proceeded to pray for him.

A monk prays for a dead elderly man discovered by other travelers in a Shanxi, China train station.

A monk prays for a dead elderly man discovered by other travelers in a Shanxi, China train station.

Police arrive to investigate an old man discovered to have died while sitting on a bench in the Taiyuan Train Station waiting hall in Shanxi, China.

The police cordoned off the area to investigate.

Police arrive to investigate an old man discovered to have died while sitting on a bench in the Taiyuan Train Station waiting hall in Shanxi, China.

An old man who died while sitting on a bench in the Taiyuan Train Station waiting hall in Shanxi, China is discovered by fellow travelers.

The old man’s identity and cause of death is unknown.

Comments from NetEase:

网易广东省东莞市网友:

The monk is a good person…

网易广东省佛山市南海区网友:

Now this is a true monk! Seeing the simply dressed monk holding the dead old man’s hand sincerely praying for him and then bowing deeply while the old man lies askew on the bench, his body already cold, my eyes couldn’t help but moisten. Already moved by the monk, I am again struck by life’s impermanence!
Think about one’s own loved ones, and spend more time with them!

明天到操场操到天明 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Namo Amitabha. With today’s society, we can only depend on prayer. Everything else is useless.

沈阳杰奇 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

The day, the second, this old man was born, he too never thought he would one day leave this world in the waiting hall of a train station. Things are difficult to predict, and our lives are over in a moment. We will be no different.

芙小小 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

I feel really terrible. This is what the rabble looks like. Rest in peace.

网易江苏省苏州市网友:

…a little dreary, a little moving.

mrte [网易广东省广州市网友]:

In this world, the only people left who still have kindness in them are monks.

今天是星期八 [网易上海市网友]:

Poor old man, I wonder if he has his identity card on him.

网易广东省深圳市网友:

Chinese people should have some faith/religion. That person departed this world too miserably, but perhaps that monk can be considered a comfort.

草泥马忘一不让我发帖 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

The dead are not scary, what’s scary are the living.

社会乱了套杂皮当领导 [网易重庆市网友]:

Around them are all expressions of indifference. The souls of our country’s people have all been sold to the devil.

网易吉林省长春市网友:

Those with faith/religion are always more kind than those without.

网易广东省惠州市网友 [永不犹豫]:

The monk did a good thing. Life is impermanent. The old man looks like he died very peacefully, probably died in his sleep. For one’s life to have this kind of painless end is fortunate.

chatal [网易北京市网友]:

Every passing life should be respected, and this monk’s actions reflect this.
Then look at the people in the background, basically none of them have clear and kind-hearted expressions, their dispositions all poor, probably because they normally
don’t think about how to elevate their own characters, only thinking about how to secure personal gain.

鸡鸡鸭健康 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Looking at what he’s wearing, and the scene of his departure, it’s really heartbreaking and tear-jerking. At his age, he should be enjoying his later years, and I wonder if he’s running around on the road because he has to make a living. Old man, rest in peace.

神奇国度P民委员会成员 [网易广西柳州市网友]:

Rest in peace, don’t reincarnate into this period of China in your next life.

网易广东省深圳市网友:

I’ve seen too many fake monks and nuns who beg for money that suddenly seeing this compassionate monk makes me see that there really still are true monks and nuns.

Have you ever discovered a dead person?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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