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Remarkable Monks in Shaolin Temple

The first Shaolin Monastery abbot was Batuo, also called Fotuo or Bhadra (the Chinese translation for Buddha), an Indian dhyana master who came to China from India in AD 464 to spread Buddhist teachings.
According to the Continued Biographies of Eminent Monks (AD 645) by Dàoxuān, the Shaolin Monastery was built on the north side of Shaoshi, the western peak of Mount Song, one of the four Sacred Mountains of China, by Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty in AD 477. Yang Xuanzhi, in the Record of the Buddhist Monasteries of Luoyang (AD 547), and Li Xian, in the Ming Yitongzhi (AD 1461), concur with Daoxuan’s location and attribution. The Jiaqing Chongxiu Yitongzhi (AD 1843) specifies that this monastery, located in the province of Henan, was built in the 20th year of theTàihé era of the Northern Wei Dynasty, that is, the monastery was built in AD 497.
Kangxi, the second Qing emperor, was a supporter of the Shaolin temple in Henan and he wrote the calligraphic inscriptions that, to this day, hang over the Heavenly King Hall and the Buddha Hall. source

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  • wanderingone

    A few years ago I went along to see the Shaolin Temple Monks at the theatre.

    It was a show that lasted about two hours or more and was truly awesome!

    There were about maybe 50 or of them or so of different ages, including masters of around 7-10 years of age.

    They did all of the types of things shown in the last 7 images at the bottom of this page as well as a lot of other stuff not featured here.

    While they were demonstrating the same things as in the 2nd and 5th images from the bottom of the page, a young boy, similar to the boy in the 7th image from the bottom of the page and for all I know, it could have been that same boy and another boy of a similar age, stood
    absolutely still on either side of the stage, standing on one foot like that with the other foot poised above their heads, like in that photograph and they stood like that for about 20 minutes or more, which was an amazing feat of skill in itself and must require an tremendous amount of physical and emotional strength.

    It was a really great night and told the story about how the Shaolin Temple Monks came about, with very nice traditional music and featured some fantastic displays of martial fighting, with and without a variety of different weapons, acrobatics and feats of strength.

    If you ever get a chance to see them, you should go, you won’t be disappointed.