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The Shaolin Grandmasters' Text: History, Philosophy, and Gung Fu of Shaolin Ch'an Paperback – February 15, 2008
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...provides very specific information and insights...for...this rigorous physical, mental, and spiritual way of life. -- October Bookviews.com - Alan Caruba
...richly informative and very strongly recommended survey of Shaolin...Especially commended to the attention of dedicated martial artists... -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
What it IS, is a true account of the history, life and times of an amazing "Belief Structure"
I highly recommend reading this book for a taste of what it can be like to
"Believe" in something so strongly you change the way you live, think, and breath on a daily basis.
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