Qingshui at Thamai

清水师主

清水祖师,法号普足,俗名陈昭应(一说为陈荣祖、陈昭或陈应,1047年-1101年),本籍福建永春,是北宋时代福建泉州安溪的高僧。由于在安溪清水岩修道,被尊称为清水祖师。民间俗称“祖师公”或“祖师爷”。
圆寂后,原属于佛教禅宗的清水祖师,逐渐民间化、道教化,被安溪人视为地方最重要的保护神祇。许多安溪人以种茶为业,再加上清水祖师以求雨闻名,也被视为安溪铁观音的保护神。另外,许多安溪人信奉的神祇,如保仪尊王、保仪大夫、清水祖师、法主公都被视为有保护茶叶种植的职能。
随着安溪移民来台,清水祖师的信仰在台湾也蓬勃发展,在台湾,有三峡长福岩祖师庙、艋舺清水岩、淡水清水岩等三大祖师庙,号称台北三大祖师庙,而大台北地区也是清水祖师信仰最盛之地。另外,松山慈祐宫、桃园三元宫、凤山五甲龙成宫等各地著名庙宇,皆以清水祖师为配祀神。

Qingshui (Chinese: 清水; pinyin: Qīngshuǐ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chheng-chúi; 1047-1101), born Chen Zhaoyin (陳昭應) was a Northern Song Dynasty Chan Buddhist monk from the region of Anxi County in Quanzhou, China. He was said to have gained supernatural powers gained through his skill in speaking the dharma and meditation.[1] Through this, he is said to have saved the town of Anxi during a period of drought, bringing rain as he went from place to place. In reverence, the villagers built shrines to him and hence became a deified person in Chinese folk religion.
Worship of Qingshui is especially popular in Taiwan where he is worshiped by local villagers for protection.