This meticulously researched and eminently readable study considers the economic, political, and religious factors that led Shaolin monks to disregard the Buddhist prohibition against violence and instead create fighting techniques that by the 21st century have spread throughout the world.
Shaolin Monastery at Mount Song is considered the epicentre of the Chan school of Buddhism. It is also well known for its martial arts tradition and has long been regarded as a special cultural heritage site and an important symbol of the Chinese nation. This book is the first scholarly work in English to comprehensively examine the full history of Shaolin Monastery from 496 to 2016. More importantly, it offers a clear grasp of the origins and development of Chan Buddhism through an examination of Shaolin, and highlights the role of Shaolin and Shaolin kung fu in the construction of a national identity among the Chinese people in the past two centuries.
28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior's Way
Author: Shi Yan Ming
Category: Health & Fitness
A thirty-fourth-generation warrior monk from China's Shaolin Temple draws on his years of experience in martial arts training to present a four-week program of fitness and spiritual exercises designed to improve both physical and mental health. 100,000 first printing.
Shaolin Kungfu has been considered by many as the best martial art in the world. But kungfu is just one of the three treasures of Shaolin, the other two being chi kung and Zen. For the first time ever, this inspiring book, written by an internationally acclaimed Shaolin Grandmaster, brings to you the crystallization of Shaolin wisdom and practice spanning many centuries. Its scope and depth is amazing, touching on, among many other things, poetry and enlightenment. Yet it is written in a language easy to understand. Profound concepts and difficult techniques are explained systematically with many illustrations. The book includes: * The background and scope of kungfu. * Form and combat applications. * Principles and methods of force training. * Energy training and mind training. * Secrets of the masters. * Traditional Chinese weapons. * Maintaining one’s health and vitality and the healing of so-called incurable diseases. * Interesting stories and legends of Shaolin. * Zen and spiritual development.
This book is a collection of a series of articles first published in Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine 2010 to 2020 that follows the 10-year reconstruction process of the venerable North Shaolin Monastery on Pan Mountain ("Panshan") near Po Hai Bay connecting to the Yellow and East Seas. This monastery is not to be confused with the headquarter Songshan Shaolin in Henan closer to central China. The North Shaolin Monastery joined the Shaolin family at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty under the direction of Xueting Fuyu, 1203-1275 an abbot of the Shaolin Monastery of the Caodong lineage. Antecedent histories prior to its destruction in 1942, views into the philosophies and daily practices of the monks living nearby and at the construction site, memories and legends shared by villagers on Panshan, as well as some possible futures are presented in clear detail. This book also contains many large photos that help bring to life this 10-year reincarnation process and unique history and character of the mountain in vivid color. This book concludes with an Epilogue that illuminates remarkable similarities between the great religions and philosophies of the world and emphasizes there has never in history been a greater need for peace and cooperation than at this present time.
The martial arts are various methods of armed and unarmed combat, originally used in warfare in the Far East and shaped by Oriental philosophical concepts. The history of martial arts is challenging to document precisely, because of the lack of historical records, secretive nature of the teacher-student relationships and political circumstances during much of its history. The martial arts are popular in many parts of the world today as forms of self-defense, law enforcement tactics, competitive sports, and exercises for physical fitness. Among them are KARATE , Kung fu, jujitsu, JUDO, aikido, Tai chi chuan, Sumo wrestling, and kendo. This informative book takes it's reader on a journey throughout time and across the globe for a close up look at the history of many martial arts styles .