Shaolin Kungfu lays equal stress on martial arts and virtues

发布日期:2020-12-04   字体大小:   


Shaolin Kungfu lays equal stress on martial arts and virtues, the virtues embodies the basic spirit stated in The Three Branches of Learning, which is to “steer clear of all the possibilities which are to lure him into an evil practice and to strive to do anything that is beneficial to others”. Furthermore, Shaolin Kungfu is a method of internal and external training, and the practitioner can stay focus on the motion and forms of the martial arts, so that he or she is able to sustain the inner peace and stability in the course of exercise, and keeping the focus on the control and mastery of mind in motion is of great importance, which shows the Samadhi of The Three Branches of Learning. Moreover, by taking control of body movements, one’s mind can be contained, tamed and developed. Practicing Shaolin Kungfu has the function of influencing sentiment and purifying mind. Therefore, through high-level concerns for body movements, one can keep calm and seek stillness in movement.

Shaolin Kungfu, as a carrier of the profound wisdom of Buddhism, demonstrates the idea of impermanence and anatman of Three Branches of Learning with its fickle forms, a greater variety of motions and excellent boxing skills. More importantly, the concept of “the unity of gong-fu and Chan” has been affecting the development of Chinese boxing, and laid a solid foundation for its cultural connotation on both the theoretical basis as well as in practices. Besides, practicing Shaolin Kungfu is helping with nurturing your soul and rectifying your heart. (A Speech by Shi Yongxin)