After killing1 the local tyrant2 Zhen Guanxi， for fear of being jailed， Lu Zhishen fled to Mount Wutai where he stayed in a temple as a monk3. After breaking the temple rules by drinking， he was sent by the abbot to the Monastery4 of Great Assistance to State， where he was put in charge of a vegetable garden. The property had been plagued by a band of local hooligans watchmen could stop the theft. Now， on hearing that a new watchman had been employed， the hooligans came again， by a good beating: the two leaders were kicked into a manure5 pit and the rest dropped to their knees and kowtowed for mercy.
The next day they came again， but this time to apologize with wine and food. While they were enjoying the food， crows up in a tree cackled nonstop. A bad omen6 ， to destroy the bird nest， when Lu Zhishen stopped them. He sized up the tree and said， "No need for the trouble." He stripped off his coat， bent7 down and grasped the trunk. Then he yanked the tree right out of the ground. The hooligans gasped8 in disbelief and went down on their knees and begged Lu to teach them martial9 arts.