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The Shaolin Monastery charts, for the 1st time in any language, the heritage of the Shaolin Temple and the evolution of its world-renowned martial arts. during this meticulously researched and eminently readable learn, Meir Shahar considers the commercial, political, and spiritual elements that led Shaolin clergymen to ignore the Buddhist prohibition opposed to violence and as an alternative create struggling with strategies that via the twenty-first century have unfold in the course of the global. He examines the priests’ family with successive chinese language regimes, starting with the help they lent to the seventh-century Emperor Li Shimin and culminating greater than a millennium later with their advanced family with Qing rulers, who suspected them of uprising. He finds the intimate connection among monastic violence and the veneration of the violent divinities of Buddhism and analyzes the Shaolin organization of martial self-discipline and the hunt for non secular enlightenment.

Shahar’s exploration of the evolution of Shaolin scuffling with thoughts serves as a prism during which to contemplate martial-art historical past mostly. He correlates the emergence of the well-known bare-handed strategies of Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan, and Shaolin Quan within the 16th and 17th centuries to the social, political, and spiritual tendencies of that age. He then is going directly to argue that those strategies have been created not just for battling, but in addition for spiritual and healing reasons. hence his paintings fills an enormous hole within the realizing of chinese language faith and medication in addition to the martial arts.

The Shaolin Monastery is the main exhaustive examine thus far at the subject and the main systematic creation to the background and the non secular context of the chinese language martial arts culture. it's going to have interaction these attracted to chinese language faith and historical past and martial arts, illuminating for experts, martial artists, and common readers alike the historical past and nature of a martial culture that maintains to develop in reputation in its place of origin and abroad.

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