Malaysian singer Peggy Lai Bing Xia (賴冰霞) has come a long way since she started her musical career. Not only is she known for her golden voice, she’s also known for her kind heart.
Yesterday (Sunday, 2nd January), Peggy was pleased to make a “life changing” announcement. The 55-year-old singer has apparently taken vows to be a monk!
The singer was excited to share her new life with her fans and posted videos of the ceremony. Some of Peggy’s friends and family were in attendance while others could watch it online. “I am entering a stage full of joy and happiness,” Peggy captioned. “(I) welcome everyone to share the bond (with me).”
In addition to sharing her ceremony, Peggy also revealed her new name as a monk, Shi Dongru (释洞如). Netizens celebrated her entering monkhood and were very happy for the singer. One also asked if this was a “long-term ordination” and her friends responded with a resounding yes.
Peggy had turned to Buddhism after fading out of the entertainment scene. In addition to practicing Buddhism, Peggy was consistently helping to raise funds for charity. Her family has blessed her choice and are in full support of her decision. However, her husband Wang Yuxiang (王昱祥) has declined to comment on the matter. “This is our personal business,” he said when asked to be interviewed.
The 55-year-old singer’s career took off when she won several singing competitions. She met her husband, a record producer, when record companies wanted to sign her on. They’ve been married for over 25 years and have one son.
Watch her ceremony here:
We wish Peggy well as she starts her new life as a monk! Her dedication is truly inspiring.