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Practice Shaolin As Lifestyle

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Paula Lazarz

What does it mean in these modern times to have a Shaolin lifestyle?

Can the essence of Shaolin activity, discipline, ethics and spirituality be truly realized in the Digital Age of the 21st century?

We know in times past, or possibly in mythical times,  practicing Shaolin Kung Fu meant a life built around martial arts training, qigong practice, sitting meditation,  Buddhist study and daily mundane tasks to maintain the group of monastics.   Somewhere in between these activities a Shaolin monk or nun slept and ate.

Is it really possible to attain the full potential Shaolin offers when practicing outside of the Shaolin Temple’s walls?   And yes, I know things are really not like that today at the Shaolin Temple, and yes, I know it is nothing but a tourist trap and yes I know it thrives on commercialism and yes, I know that………And on and on and on……

But nonetheless,  the Shaolin spark that inspires people,  the Shaolin practice that so many are drawn to,   what Shaolin seems to promise people, still exists to this day.

So what does it mean in these modern times to have a Shaolin lifestyle?  Is it possible in our information laden, sophisticated world, to attain the full potential Shaolin offers?

I enjoy exploring these questions.