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The Shaolin Temple - The Mother of Zen
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Three Teachings (三教; Sān jiào)

The Three Teachings (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/three-teachings.html), the harmonious blend of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in China began as early the 6th century AD. Buddhism and Taoism in particular blended together within the Shaolin Temple to form Chinese Zen (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/zen.html), which later gave rise to Japanese Zen.

“Quicken them, feed them;
Quicken but do not possess them.
Act and be independent;
Be the chief but never the lord:
This describes the mystic virtue.” Poem 10

Put life into your people without trying to own them. Depend on no one. Be their king but never the tyrant. Help and teach those around you without being full of yourself. This is what is required by the mystic virtue.
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Registration for the Winter 2018-2019 classes is open.

Looking forward to another round with new and continuing students.

Private classes are available as well for individuals who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. Interested parties can call (248) 688-5473 to get details and set up a schedule.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu (or Li Er)

Times, dates, fees, etc. are as follows:

Shaolin Kung Fu for Adults

Ages: 15 - 99
7:35 - 8:35 PM
Wednesday and Friday Instructor: Boris Layupan
Min. 10 - Max. 20

Madison Heights Resident: $85
Non-Res.: $90

Session 2: 11/28/18 - 1/18/19

https://apm.activecommunities.com/madisonheights/Activity_Search/shao-lin-kung-fu-for-adults-session-2/7436

The adult beginner Yue Chia kung fu class will introduce students to basic defensive and offensive techniques which include blocks, sidestepping, chin na (joint locks), throws, kicks, and punches. Students will learn the practical fighting techniques by classical monks and nuns of the Shaolin Temple in China over 1500 years ago. In addition to greater self-defense capabilities, benefits will include improved health, confidence, discipline, memory. Students wear loose-fitting clothes, no jewelry. Uniforms available for purchase. Those advancing in rank require a uniform. Test fees paid to instructor when necessary.

Shaolin Weapons Class

Ages: 15 - 99
8:35 - 9:35 PM
Wednesday and Friday Instructor: Boris Layupan
Min. 10 - Max. 20

Madison Heights Resident: $85
Non-Res.: $90

Session 2: 11/28/18 - 1/18/19

https://apm.activecommunities.com/madisonheights/Activity_Search/shaolin-weapons-class-11-28-1-18-session-2/7412

Students will learn the use of swords, spears, staffs, and other martial arts weapons. Individual and partner drills, weapons forms, and sparring will be used to teach and refine weapons techniques. Students will learn increased awareness, mental focus, better posture, and hone hand-eye coordination and reflexes. Students will purchase practice gear as necessary.
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Dhyana – The 7th Limb of Yoga

When one feels relaxed and carefree, when the body is free of tension and the mind is calm, more space opens within oneself.

This is the perfect place to continue into meditation, or dhyana.

Read more at: http://shaolintemplemi.org/dhyana-the-7th-limb-of-yoga.html
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Weapon Technique

Dao Broadsword Sweep

The Sweep/Brush Off (Traditional Chinese: 洗; Xi) technique is a defensive/offensive method with the dao broadsword. While the broadsword tip is facing down, the sword wielder flicks it upward to redirect an incoming weapon blow or to strike an opponent from a rising angle. The force is concentrated on the tip.
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Monthly Meditation

Three Teachings (三教; Sān jiào)

The Three Teachings (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/three-teachings.html), the harmonious blend of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in China began as early the 6th century AD. Buddhism and Taoism in particular blended together within the Shaolin Temple to form Chinese Zen (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/zen.html), which later gave rise to Japanese Zen.

“Can you govern your animal soul, hold to the One and
never depart from it?
Can you throttle your breath, down to the softness of
breath in a child?
Can you purify your mystic vision and wash it until it is
spotless?
Can you love all your people, rule over the land without
being known?
Can you be like a female, and passively open and shut
heaven’s gates?
Can you keep clear in your mind the four quarters of earth
and not interfere?” Poem 10

The reader is being prompted to think. Is it possible to be at one with everything and not stray from that oneness? If you concentrate your energy and become wholly relaxed, can you be as simple as a baby? If you avoid being entrapped by worldliness, will you be free of imperfections? If the wise ruler loves his people, can he rule them without manipulating them? Can your mind stay peaceful while still actively processing the world around you? Can you control your animal nature enough to be pure in heart, never distracted from the Way? Are you capable of the personal disciplines that allow you to love unselfishly, wield virtue and understand all while denying yourself?
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Bodhidharma - The First Patriarch of Ch'an Buddhism

Bodhidharma, "Self-Nature of Awareness," (Sanskrit: बोधिधर्म; Traditional Chinese: 達摩; pinyin: Pútídámó) was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century AD. In China, he is known as Damo or Putidamo. In Japan, he is called Daruma. Bodhidharma was one of many Buddhist missionaries who journeyed from the Western Regions of India and Central Asia to China. Bodhidharma is considered to be the transmitter of Ch'an Buddhism to China. He is the 28th Indian patriarch in a direct line of transmission from Buddha via his disciple Mahākāśyapa, Buddha's successor after his death, and the first patriarch of China. He also began the meditative and physical training of the monks and nuns of the Shaolin Temple that led to the formation of Shaolin martial arts. Said to have a fierce countenance and piercing eyes, Bodhidharma was not an ordinary monk.

Read more at: http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/bodhidharma-the-first-patriarch-of-ch'an-buddhism.html
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Weapon Technique

Dao Broadsword Slice

The Slice/Cut (Traditional Chinese: 切; Che) technique is used to drag the sword across an opponent's body. Slice the blade edge horizontally across before drawing the sword close to your body.

Cut the sword from the back of your body to either the front or upward. It can also be done by drawing the sword from the left to the right or upward.
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Monthly Meditation

Three Teachings (三教; Sān jiào)

The Three Teachings (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/three-teachings.html), the harmonious blend of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in China began as early the 6th century AD. Buddhism and Taoism in particular blended together within the Shaolin Temple to form Chinese Zen (http://www.shaolintemplemi.org/zen.html), which later gave rise to Japanese Zen.

“To take all you want
Is never as good
As to stop when you should.
Scheme and be sharp
And you’ll not keep it long.
One can never guard
His home when it’s full
Of jade and fine gold:
Wealth, power and pride
Bequeath their own doom.
When fame and success
Come to you, then retire.
This is the ordained Way.” Poem 9

The Tao Te Ching advises one that it is unwise to overfill one’s cup so to speak. An excess of anything is bad. For example, over sharpening a knife will make it thin and brittle. Filling your home with valuables like gold and jade will make you the target of thieves. Wealth and power makes people arrogant, inviting disaster. If one does become famous, it is best to step away from it before it becomes your undoing.
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Buddhabhadra – The First Shaolin Abbot

Before Bodhidharma arrived in China, the dhyana master Buddhabhadra (Traditional Chinese: 佛陀跋陀罗; pinyin Fótuóbátuóluó), simply called Batuo (Traditional Chinese: 吠陀; pinyin: Bátuó) by the Chinese, was the first abbot of Shaolin Temple.

Read more at: http://shaolintemplemi.org/buddhabhadra-the-first-shaolin-abbot.html
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