|Li Yang (second on right) converts to Buddhism recently in the Shaoling Temple in Dengfeng of Central China's Henan province on July 26, 2014. (Photo/Weibo)|
Li Yang, Chinese educator and language instructor, creator of Crazy English, an unorthodox method of teaching English, converted to Buddhism recently in the Shaoling Temple in Dengfeng of Central China's Henan province. The Abbot of Shaoling Temple, Shi Yongxin, accepted Li Yang as his disciple.
During the conversion ceremony, Li expressed his willingness to provide English training for Shaolin monks in order to help Shaolin better connect with the world. The news aroused a hot debate on the internet. Some netizens struggled to believe the news.
In fact, Li Yang is just a Shaolin disciple, not a true "monk".
Conversion to Buddhism does not mean becoming a monk. To become real monks, men have to adhere to 250 precepts, while women have to adhere to 380 precepts. In fact, like many celebrities, Li is just a disciple.
"Crazy" Li Yang's personal life
In September 2011 Li was accused of domestic violence by his American wife Kim Lee. Lee had posted photos of bruises on various parts of her body on her microblog. While Li Yang at first did not respond to the allegations, he later admitted the accusations were true and apologized via his official microblog to his wife and three children.
On October 27 Li and his wife filed for divorce.
On Feb. 3, 2013 Li Yang was ordered by a Chinese court to pay his American wife Kim Lee more than 12 million yuan (US$1.9 million) in a divorce granted because of his domestic abuse. In addition, Lee was granted custody of their three daughters, now aged 10, 6 and 4, and their father must pay child support of 100,000 yuan a year for each until they reach the age of 18.