Shaolin Tem­ple pre­pares ‘Great Meet­ing’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By QI XIN in Zhengzhou qixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The first “Great Meet­ing Open to All” will be held at the Shaolin Tem­ple from July 29 to Aug 4 in Dengfeng, He­nan prov­ince.

The 1,500-year-old tem­ple will wel­come kung fu masters and en­thu­si­asts from home and abroad to share their skills and views on kung fu.

Shi Yongxin, the ab­bot of Shaolin Tem­ple, came up with the idea of hold­ing the “Great Meet­ing Open to All” in Au­gust 2016, said Zou Xiang, web­site man­ager for Shaolin Tem­ple.

The meet­ing wel­comes peo­ple of any so­cial sta­tus and iden­tity who will be treated equally through di­verse forms of cul­tural ex­changes, in­clud­ing Chan (Zen Bud­dhism), martial arts and medicine, Zou said.

The events date back to the late 4 th cen­tury, ac­cord­ing to his­tor­i­cal records.

“Be­sides the martial arts, Chan and medic­i­nal cul­ture are re­garded as the essence of Shaolin cul­ture, and the con­tests in­volv­ing the tra­di­tional 72 Shaolin kung fu arts can also be seen dur­ing the seven-day event,” Zou said.

In ad­di­tion, many for­eign dis­ci­ples are wel­come to join in events such as the lamp trans­mis­sion cer­e­mony, and take part in the “Shaolin Tem­ple and the North­ern Bud­dhist” aca­demic sem­i­nar.

XU JUNWEN / FOR CHINA DAILY

A kung fu prac­ti­tioner smashes bricks us­ing one hand in Luoyang, He­nan prov­ince, early this Month.

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