Shao-Lin Do is an ancient art
that teaches how to live well and health
y and, eventually, to become immortal. Incidentally, martial arts
are only one component of Shao-Lin Do's four major elements
which comprise the arts and science of living well. According to the ancient sages
order for one
to become immortal
, one must live
to be at least 140 to 160 years old
. Because it takes this many years
of living for a person's mind to develop
into a high
er level of consciousness that his
begins to vibrate
) and eventually attain a state of immortal
ity. Shao-Lin monks understand that there are at least four major elements that constitute longevity: mind, body, herbs and martial arts
to the world of martial arts
would believe the Shao-lin Temple
was a place dedicated to pure Shao-lin fight
ing. In fact, student monks
learned history, manners, customs, tradition,
and of course, Buddhist
philosophies. It did not stop there. Painting
and much more were taught along with the martial arts.
It is important to emphasize over and over again, The monks did not put fighting skills at the top of the list of their learning criteria
. In fact, there are a few sayings which depict the monk 's feelings about battle. One states: "To fight is the lowest form of arbitration."
Another states, "One who engages in combat has already lost"
All the arts taught at the Shao-lin Temple were aimed at leading a monk closer to enlightenment
as well as using all his skill
s and knowledge
to help others. What in essence makes a monk a Shao-lin monk is all the various types of training taught at the Temple. The martial arts aspect of his training alone did not qualify him to be called a Shao-lin Monk. It was his spiritual development above all else that qualified him as a Shao-lin Monk.
Not all the monks at Shao-lin Temple chose to learn the martial arts. Some preferred to focus on their spiritual development with little or no interest in martial arts. With or without martial arts training they were still called Shao-lin Temple monks. The only distinction you might hear said, is the term Shao-lin Fighting Monks which indicated they also learned martial arts.
Still, no matter how much Shao-lin Kung Fu
they knew, fighting was to be avoided at all costs. The martial arts training was only a means to help temper the body, not to hurt others. Only when there was no way out would they defend themselves, and even then the amount of force used against them would be returned to the attacker. (The Shao-lin Monk knew to take a human life would mean the losses of his own soul.)
see also;shaolin temple