- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Order Of Shaolin Ch'an; Original ed. edition (Feb. 25 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975500929
- ISBN-13: 978-0975500927
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shaolin Grandmasters' Text: History, Philosophy, and Gung Fu of Shaolin Ch'an Paperback – Feb 25 2008
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About the Author
The living authors are Shaolin monks who wish to remain anonymous, but who put the book together largely from written records and orally transmitted teachings from three Shaolin priests, all of whom passed away in the 1970's. They wereLi En Huo, Hua Ling P'o, andBen Ch'i Lo.
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This is my third purchase of this book, as the first was stolen, and the second I gave away as a gift. The book contains much understanding of the Buddhist approach to Ch'an (Zen) in the martial arts. 5-stars.
I was hesitant to buy this book because of a number of negative reviews I read on thisr 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.
That is context - but the important point of the book is the history, philosophy and culture of Shaolin Ch'an, as well as a summary review of its fighting arts (gung fu). I find it to be excellent and true in every way. As a newer student of Wing Tzun kung-fu in a lay school (EBMAS), I especially enjoyed the greater context and history provided about Wing Tzun as a style developed by Shaolin. As a Ch'an Buddhist, I enjoyed learning about the Ch'an philosophy and practices that went along with Wing Tzun as developed by Shaolin. This is the best book, linking these two important subjects for me. Another interesting aspect is its report on the important role of women in Shaolin Ch'an Buddhism and Gung Fu. In fact, Wing Tzun is a Shaolin martial art style developed by a female Shaolin monk. It is well written, and includes references to modern American culture, as well as other published works. All of this enhances understanding. Highly recommended.