The Shaolin Staff

The Shaolin Staff

The Shaolin Staff   By Shifu Shi Yan Ming “Chan Quan Yi Ti”: Martial Arts and Chan Philosophy are but one thing. The body is the mind; the mind is the body. They cannot be separated. Throughout the history of the Shaolin Temple, there have been many...
Shaolin Linage

Shaolin Linage

Shaolin Lineage   Shaolin Generational Naming The abbot of the temple at the beginning of the Song Dynasty, Xueting Fuyu, wrote the following poem for the next generations to derive their names from. Chinese names usually consist of three words. Buddhist monks...
88 Buddhas Sutra

88 Buddhas Sutra

88 Buddhas Sutra   The¬†following sutra, commonly referred to as the 88 Buddhas, is typically recited after evening class on odd numbered days at the Shaolin Temple. On even days, the Amituo Jing (Amitabha Sutra) would be recited. There are many sutras, and there...
Story of Bodhidharma

Story of Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma   Shaolin monks and disciples follow a unique practice among Buddhists in that they greet each other using only their right hand. This greeting is a tradition which dates back to Da Mo and his disciple, Hui Ke. In 495 AD, the Indian monk Ba Tuo, or...
Shaolin History

Shaolin History

Shaolin Temple History   Shaolin Gongfu and Chan Buddhism are one. Just as you cannot separate your mind from your body, Chan cannot be separated from the martial practice of the Temple. Thus to discuss Shaolin history thoroughly, we must first start with the...