Monk Praying 1,000 Times a Day for 20 Years Has Left His Footprints Ingrained in the Wood Floor


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Hua Chi, 70, is a monk at the Buddhist monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province, China. For 20 years, he has prostrated himself before an altar. When he was younger, he did it about 2,000-3,000 times a day. Now that he's aged, Hua says, he does it a mere 1,000 times a day.

The result of his work over 20 years is that his footprints are now marked an inch and a half deep into the wood. It's inspiring to younger monks in the monastery:

Twenty-nine-year-old Genden Darji says he spent many days admiring Hua's efforts before finding the courage to step into his footprints.

As he carefully repeats Hua's movements, the young monk says he plans to carry on the ritual when the older monk stops.

'Every day I come here and every day I look at the piece of wood, and it has inspired me to continue to make the footprints myself,' he said.


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"The result of his work over 20 years is that his footprints are now marked an inch and a half deep into the wood." Agreed. Even as an art project, if you only had that to show after 20 years of work, it's still way underwhelming.
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If you could do them at a 4-second clip, you'd need 3 hours and 20 minutes to bang off 3,000. That's some commitment. Then again, if you're a monk, I don't imagine you have a whole lot else to do. That's kinda your job anyway.

Now that I think about it in those terms, 3:20 is pretty slack. I can't cut out of work after 3+ hours. You should be able to knock off at least 5,000 in a standard 8-hr shift, with a half-hour break for lunch. Back to work, lazy monk!
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