The Shaolin Grandmasters' Text: History, Philosophy, and Gung Fu of Shaolin Ch'an

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The Order of Shaolin Ch'an fled China in 1901 due to the upheavals of war. Since coming to the United States, the monks have quietly worked to preserve the traditions, philosophies, and martial arts of the Order. This text presents and discusses Shaolin philosophy and the martial significance of Gung Fu in a public forum for the first time since the Order was founded in 520.



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The Order of Shaolin Ch'an fled China in 1901 due to the upheavals of war. Since coming to the United States, the monks have quietly worked to preserve the traditions, philosophies, and martial arts of the Order. This text presents and discusses Shaolin philosophy and the martial significance of Gung Fu in a public forum for the first time since the Order was founded in 520.



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  • ISBN-13: 9780975500903
  • Publisher: Order of Shaolin Ch'an
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Outstanding Presentation of Shaolin Philosophy

    Forty years ago I was fortunate to begin studying with a Shaolin Master whose teachers had come to America from China during one of the purges. These teachers were from both Southern and Northern temples and taught a blend of styles from those temples. The lessons, philosophy and teachings that were instilled in me have had a life long impact. I was hesitant to buy this book because of a number of negative reviews I read on another forum. It was not until I did purchase and read this book did I realize all the negative comments had been made in light of comparing Shaolin to what one experiences today in martial arts gyms. Or by comparing the book to what is coming out of China's Communist state run newly created Shaolin Temples. The Chinese government has "restored" several of the temples and now have "warrior monks" traveling around the world performing for money. They even have branch temples here in America. The so called monks are nothing more than actors who perform an acrobat art called Wu Shu, which was invented by the Communist government in the 1950's. When I read this book it was as if I had stepped back in time and was listening to my teacher. This book portrays the essence of Shaolin philosophy as it has been preserved by its monks for centuries. I did find some minor differences, but that is to be expected. If you are truly interested in what genuine Shaolin is about, regarding its philosophy as well as the styles of Wugong (Kung Fu) that was taught then pick up this book and read it carefully. I am happy that somebody is preserving the true history, art and philosophy of Shaolin.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    I am a Shaolin Martial artist

    Great book for American martial art students. Tamo is my favorite buddhist and the shaolin monks make a excellent history, life, and kung fu techniques in it. If your interested in Chinese martial arts read this book, you won't be sorry.

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