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During a time of upheaval and destruction, Shaolin's abbots and priests scattered to the corners of the Earth. This book is an important part of their martial and Buddhist legacy.
Beginning in 1901, the most senior priests of the Shaolin Order fled a war-ravaged China. Over a period of several years they gathered in New York City's Chinatown, which the Shaolin congregation called home until 1974, and developed a plan to preserve the Order's heritage. For the last 100 years, the Order of Shaolin Ch'an has worked quietly to preserve the tradition, philosophy, and arts of the Order in the United States of America.
This text, written by Shaolin monks, explains the core of Shaolin philosophy to a public audience for the first time since the Order was founded in 520. Since 1970, Shaolin and its martial arts have increasingly become a focal point of popular culture. Misinformation and dis-information have anchored this growing notoriety. In contrast, this volume strives to accurately share what is spiritually meaningful and martially significant about Shaolin.
- In this book you will learn:
- The key tenets of Shaolin Ch'an, including the Shaolin interpretation of the Buddha's eightfold path and the teachings of Tamo.
- The history and legends of the Shaolin Order.
- What life in a Shaolin temple was really like in pre-communist China.
- Why you never see a genuine Shaolin monk appear robed in public.
- How an order of Buddhist monks came to train in deadly martial arts.
- About the core martial styles practiced by Shaolin: Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Northern Praying Mantis, - Crane, Wing Chun, White Eyebrow, and Southern Praying Mantis.
- The difference between traditional gung fu and Modern Wushu.
- About the role of ch'I cultivation in the Shaolin curriculum.
- What it takes to become a Shaolin master, and why so few who begin the journey ever reach such a level.
- How to perform basic gung fu training exercise.
- How to find a Shaolin teacher.
- Most importantly, that the Shaolin way of life is available to anyone who is willing to grasp it.
By the Order of Shaolin Ch'an. Hardcover, 303 pages.