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Guariglia, a talented young photographer who spent a decade in Asia, took his camera into the 1500-year-old Shaolin Temple to record the culture and life of a Chinese Buddhist sect dedicated to preserving an ancient form of kung fu known as the "vehicle of Zen." His book is valuable for opening these guarded warrior monks' world to us for the first time, placing the temple, the monks, and their focused and austere lifestyle and daily regimen of fighting poses into a broader, contemporary Chinese context with images of the world surrounding the Shaolin Temple. Guariglia brings his National Geographicexperience to the project, revealing exotic sites and people through accessible photography. However, though well composed and respectfully chosen, these 100 images are perhaps less artistic and colorful than they might be, considering the unusual subject and locale. An essay by Rhodes scholar and martial artist Matthew Polly (American Shaolin) is full of appreciation for Shaolin as a Zen practice. Recommended.