The Complete Book of Shaolin: Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Development

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789834087913
  • Publisher: Cosmos Internet Sdn Bhd
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 820,333
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Kiew Kit, popularly known as Sifu Wong, is the fourth generation successor of Venerable Jiang Nan from the famous Shaolin Monastery in China and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Kungfu and Chi Kung. He received the “Chi Kung Master of the Year” Award during the Second World Congress on Chi Kung held in San Francisco in 1997. He has practiced and taught the Shaolin arts for more than 3 decades and has more than 60,000 students all over the world.

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A kungfu exponent moves the way he moves, not because he wants to please spectators, but because that way gives him the best technical advantages in specific combat situations. His kungfu form is the result of, and practiced for, effective fighting; not devised for attractive demonstration, though to the uninitiated many kungfu patterns may appear flowery.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

(A) BACKGROUND AND SCOPE

Chapter 1: A HEAVENLY VISION
(How Shaolin Monastery Got Its Name)
The Legend of Shaolin
The sacred Summit of Songshan
Earthly Reflection of Heavenly Monastery
Chapte 2: THE FABULOUS SHAOLIN MONASTERY
(Legends and Significance of Monastery Halls)
Foremost Monastery Beneath Heaven
Hui Ke Seeking Enlightenment
The Hall of Lohans
Pagodas, Temples and the Shadow-Rock
The Defender of Righteousness
Chapter 3: FIT FOR EMPERORS AND GENERALS
(Precious Arts of Shaolin)
The Three Living Treasures
Beauty in Poetic Motion
A Way to Enlightenment
The Practical and the Spiritual
Chi Kung and Meditation
Qualities of a Good Teacher
Breaking the Patient's Arm to Cure It
Poetry and Other Arts
Chapter 4: MOVEMENTS OF HEALTH, VITALITY AND LONGEVITY
(Shaolin Way to Physical and Spiritual Health)
Various Concepts of Health
Physical as well as Spiritual Health
Various Arts of Energy
Lifting Sky and Leveling Earth
Chi Kung for Health, Vitality and Longevity

(B) SHAOLIN KUNGFU

Chapter 5: POETRY OF STRENGTH AND COURAGE
(The Philosophy and Dimension of Shaolin Kungfu)
The Fascination of Kungfu
Historical Development
The Four Dimensions of Kungfu
General Aims of Kungfu
Chapter 6: FORM AND FUNCTION IN MOTION
(The Fundamentals of Shaolin Kungfu)
Gateway to Shaolin Force Training
Black Tiger and Drunken Man
Combative Functions of Flowery Patterns
Formation and Structure of Kungfu Sets
Don't be Deceived by Slow, Graceful Motion
Cross-Roads at Four Gates
Chapter 7: FIGHTING IN BEAUTIFUL MOVEMENTS
(Kungfu Application for Combat)
The Combative Function of Kungfu
Patterns, Variations and Sequences
Some Amazing Applications
Catching Tigers in Mountains
Don't Blow Off his Genitals!
Flowery Movements and Kungfu Tradition
Chapter 8: FROM KUNGFU FORM TO COMBAT APPLICATION
(Specific Techniques to Handle Situations)
Getting Ready for Combat
Shaolin Specific Techniques
Countering Various Kicks
Gripping and Felling Attacks
Methodology of Practice
Chapter 9: FROM ARRANGED TO FREE SPARRING
(Practicing Variation in Combat Sequences)
Various Factors of Combat
Shaolin Principles of Attack and Defense
Some Marvelous Advice for Combat
Combat Sequences
Developmental Stages in Combat Application
Chapter 10: FURTHER TRAINING FOR EFFECTIVE FIGHTING
(Developing Fundamental Sparring Skills)
Four Gates Sparring Set
Fundamental Skills in Combat
Examples of Crucial Points in Sparring
Chapter 11: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO SECURE VICTORY
(Applying Tactics and Strategies in Fighting)
Sun Tzu's Advice
Principles to Guide Combat
Tactical and Strategic Considerations
Defeat Due to Wrong Choice
Choosing the Right Strategy and Tactics
Overcoming Throws and Multiple Attacks
Frustrating Locks and Fast Punches
Chapter 12: FASCINATING FORCE OF SHAOLIN MASTERS
(Various Kinds of Force in Shaolin Kungfu)
Basic Force and Specialized Force
Three Levels of Force
Power, Energy and Lightness
An Invaluable Lesson
Iron Palm and Cosmos Palm
Chapter 13: PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF POWER TRAINING
(Shaolin Iron Palm and Iron Arm)
Important Factors for Force Training
Training for Iron Palm
Preserving Sensitivity and Relieving Injury
Rolling Bamboo for Three Years
He'll Break Your Arms
Chapter 14: SECRETS OF THE ENERGY MASTERS
(Developing Cosmos Palm and Iron Shirt)
The Greatest Martial Art in the World
The Palm That Can Kill or Heal
Withstanding Attacks with Iron Shirt
Chapter 15: THE FAST, THE AGILE AND THE MARVELOUS
(Marvelous Responses and Arts of Lightness)
Techniques, Force and Speed
Marvel with Awe and Admiration
Some Considerations in Speed Training
How to Attain Speed
Plum Flower and Through the Woods
Chapter 16: DRAGONS, PHOENIXES, TIGERS AND MOON
(A Brief Survey of Kungfu Weapons)
Why Classical Weapons Are Practiced Today
Classification of Weapons
Ferocious Tigers and Nimble Phoenixes
The King and the Mother

(C) CHI KUNG AND OTHER ARTS

Chapter 17 THE SPIRIT OF SHAOLIN
(Morality, Righteousness and Compassion)
The Ten Shaolin Laws
Respect for the Master
Great Blessings to be Born Human
Calmness and Compassion
Righteousness and Compassion
Chapter 18: WONDERS OF SHAOLIN CHI KUNG
(Link between Physical and Spiritual)
Kungfu, Chi Kung and Zen
The Legacy of Bodhidharma
Sinew Metamorphosis for Internal Power
A Chance to Test an Incredible Art
Self-Manifested Chi Movement
Chapter 19: CURING "INCURABLE" DISEASES
(Shaolin Chi Kung and Chinese Medicine)
Chi Kung for Curing Illness
Harmonizing Yin-Yang
Clearing Energy Blockage
Chi Kung for Curing Cancer
Thematic and Holistic Approaches
How Does Chi Kung Cure Illness
Chapter 20: THE INTERNAL COSMOS
(A Marvelous Art called the Small Universe)
Man as Miniature of Cosmos
The Small Universe
Achieving the Small Universal Flow
Breakthrough and Time Difference
Signs of Real Breakthrough
Chapter 21: IF YOU HAVE BROKEN YOUR BONES
(An Introduction to Shaolin Traumatology)
A Unique System to Treat Injury
Various Types of Injuries
Therapeutic Principles in Traumatology
Treating a Broken Bone
Chapter 22: THE SONGS AND POETRY OF SHAOLIN
(Describing the Grandeur in Rhythm and Rhyme)
Emperor's Praise and Master's Advice
Breadth of Kungfu in a Song
Songs of Energy and Compassion
Exquisite Charm of Shaolin
Symbolism in Shaolin Poetry
Legends Recalled in Poetic Beauty
A Modern Poem on Shaolin

(D) ZEN AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 23: THE DIVINE AND THE COSMOS
(Magnificence and Universality of Religions)
Meeting Place of Many Religions
Universality of World's Religions
Divine Manifestations of Supreme Reality
Listening to Soundlessness
Wisdom and Enlightenment
Looking At The Stilled Mind
The Spiritual Aspect of Confucianism
Entering God's Kingdom
Returning to God
Chapter 24: VARIOUS VEHICLES OF ENLIGHTENMENT
(The Beauty and Wisdom of Buddhism)
An Amazing and Inspiring Religion
The Historical Buddha
Main Features of Buddhism br> Theravada -- Buddhism of the Elders
Mahayana -- Buddhism of the Great Vehicle
Vajrayana -- Buddhism of the Mystics
Chapter 25: ANCIENT WISDOM ON MODERN SCIENCE
(Various Chinese Schools of Buddhism)
Was Mahayana Buddhism taught by the Buddha
Various Schools of Buddhism
Heaven, Zen and the Lotus
Reality, Appearance and True Word
Chapter 26: THE BEAUTY AND PROFUNDITY OF ZEN
(Philosophical Considerations for Zen Training)
What is Zen
Chinese Invention and Taoist Origin?
Main Doctrines of Zen Buddhism
The Easiest or the Most Difficult
Chapter 27: METHODS OF ZEN CULTIVATION
(Sutras, Mantras and Meditation)
Meditation of No Mind
Praises and Vows in Spiritual Cultivation
The Heart Sutra of Transcendental Wisdom
Development through Sutra Recitation 657
Chanting Mantras as Spiritual Training
Meditation of One-Pointed Mind
Chapter 28: IN SEARCH OF SHAOLIN MASTERS
(From Kungfu and Chi Kung to Zen)
Kungfu for Demonstration and Fighting
The Search for Kungfu Force
The Incredible Energy Flow
The Search for Compassion
The Search for Wisdom
The Search for Enlightenment
USEFUL ADDRESSES
INDEX
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