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Southern Shaolin martial arts festival opens in Fujian

11-01-2012 21:14 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Wu Lei

The fourth Southern Shaolin martial arts cultural festival opened on Thursday in Putian city, Fujian province. The festival has brought together various schools and aims to promote Chinese Buddhist culture.

As the bell rings out, monks in the southern Shaolin temple start their morning lessons as usual. Reading Buddhist scriptures helps them reach internal harmony, while practicing Shaolin Kungfu also plays an important role in their Buddhist way of life.

The fourth Southern Shaolin martial arts cultural festival opened on Thursday in Putian
city, Fujian province.

This cultural festival has featured a Buddhist blessing ceremony and praying for world peace. It also brought together different styles of martial arts.

Master Xuecheng, Vice President of Buddhist Association of China, said, “This martial arts festival is a good platform for martial arts exchanges between different schools in the south and north. More importantly, it promotes the unique Buddhist culture and martial arts spirit at the southern Shaolin temple.”

Shaolin Kongfu has long played a unique role in Buddhist culture. Various forms of martial arts from the north and south of the country have different styles and skills, but they all want to promote exchanges with other religions. The young students at Buddhist schools share the same responsibility.

The fourth Southern Shaolin martial arts cultural festival opened on Thursday in Putian
city, Fujian province.

Chang Lin, Buddhist student of Fujian College of Buddhism, said, “Shaolin Martial arts, Buddhist music and charitable activities are all good ways to promote Buddhist culture, but it is not enough. People need to study the scriptures to know the true wisdom of Buddhism.”

Buddhism is the most popular religion in China, and it has closely interacted with Chinese culture. Martial arts practitioners and other devotees will always have a role to play in the development of the religion.

Buddhism emphasizes meditation and internal harmony, while martial arts focus on power and speed. Shaolin Kungfu combines the two and forms martial arts culture unique to China. Its practitioners hope Shaolin martial arts will further promote Buddhism’s teaching around the world and that more people will benefit from the cultural exchanges.


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