(ECNS)--72-year-old Tsai Chih Chung, a famous Taiwanese cartoonist, was tonsured at Shaolin Temple on Wednesday.
He was granted the Buddhist name "Shi Yanyi."
Tsai was said to have grown attached to Shaolin culture via the movie Shaolin Temple shot in 1982.
Tsai used to visit Shaolin Temple and participated in cultural activities there, hoping to become a Buddhist monk one day.
He has created many Shaolin-related comics, such as Legend of the White Snake and Shaolin Temple.