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                            The Shaolin Chanwuyi: A Chinese Chan Buddhism
Foreword
Chinese Chan
Caodong Branch of Chan and the Shaolin Temple
The Founding of Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple
Contemporary Development of Chanwuyi in Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple
The Chinese Chan -- The Basis for the Chanwuyi Philosophy
Chinese Chan Buddhism

Functions of Chan
Basic Principles of Chinese Chan Buddhism
Masters' Lectures on Shaolin Chanwuyi
Master Xingxing Explicates Chanwuyi
Master Dejian Explicates on Chanwuyi
Master Xingxing and Master Dejian
My Master and Me
Wugulun History: Master Wu Gulun,Wu Shanlin, Zhang Qinghe, Shi Dejian
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The Shaolin Chanwuyi: A Chinese Chan Buddhism

Title: The Shaolin Chanwuyi: A Chinese Chan Buddhism
Author: Agnes Suiyin Chan

Publisher: Chanwuyi Publishing House Limited


Publishing Year: 2010

Book Description:
Shaolin Chanwuyi (Chan, Wushu, and Healing) is a unique Chan Buddhism branch that has been the tradition in the
Yonghuatang within the Shaolin Temple. Since it has been an inclusive practice within the temple and was not revealed
to others, the principles and authentic methods remain unknown to many. This book, as the first introductory book of
Shaolin Chanwuyi, was written based upon the teaching of Master Shi Dejian who is the eighteenth successor of
Shaolin Chanwuyi. This book describes the history and philosophy of Shaolin Chanwuyi and explains the methods for
practicing.

The goal of Chanwuyi is to obtain enlightenment and wisdom, develop virtuous character, and maintain good health.
This is the ultimate Chan; it cannot be expressed in words. Shaolin Chan, Wu, and Yi are united and complementary.
Shaolin Wushu first focuses on training the mind, which is the essence for perfecting Shaolin Wushu. It is only when
one has become proficient in Shaolin Wushu that can one understand the mind and body, then can improve the mental
and physical problems. By healing oneself and others, one in turn can nurture a heart of Chan. Chan, Wu, and Yi go
together; the three components are united into one thing.

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Master Shi Dejian and Agnes S. Chan

Contents:

• Foreword
• Chapter One: A Brief History of Shaolin Chanwuyi -- The Legend of Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple

• Chinese Chan
• Caodong Branch of Chan and the Shaolin Temple
• The Founding of Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple
• Contemporary Development Chanwuyi in Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple

• Chapter Two: The Chinese Chan -- The Basis for the Chanwuyi Philosophy
• Chinese Chan Buddhism
• Functions of Chan
• Basic Principles of Chinese Chan Buddhism

• Chapter Three: Masters' Lectures on Shaolin Chanwuyi
• Master Xingxing Explicates Chanwuyi (adapted from "Understanding Master Xingxing" by Mr. Zhao

Guocheng in Chinese)
• Master Dejian Explicates on Chanwuyi

• Chapter Four: The Succession of Chanwuyi: From Masters to Disciples
• Master Xingxing and Master Dejian
• My Master and Me

• Chapter Five: Questions and Answers
• Basic Concepts in Chanwuyi
• The Chanwuyi Perspective on Wu (Martial Arts)
• Chanwuyi's Perspective on Medicine

• Chapter Six: Chanwuyi's Way of Living
• Chapter Seven: To Purify Ones' Body – Chanwuyi's Special Dietary Guidelines
• Chapter Eight: Shaolin Chanwu for Beginners

• Things to Note When Practicing
• The Scientific Study of the Dan Tian
• The Foundation of Shaolin Wushu
• The Study of Dan Tian Breathing: A Brain Science Inquiry
• Xinyiba -- The Highest Level of Chan Quan

• Two institutions dedicated to the preservation and education of authentic Shaolin Chanwuyi

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Practitioners of Chanwuyi do charitable deeds to cultivate one's own Chan mind. Thus Chanwuyi is a trinity, with each
component having equal importance. It is indeed a unity. In the present day, there is a common misunderstanding that
Chanwuyi is the combination of Chan, Wu, and Yi (medicine). Some people misunderstand that sitting with the legs
crossed in the Buddha position, knowing one or two types of Chinese martial arts, and having knowledge of Chinese
medicine means understanding Chanwuyi. But such unrelated practice of the three components is not Chanwuyi. The
traditional Chanwuyi from traditional Shaolin culture is a united and unique theory. Chanwuyi is one concept but not the
combination of three different concepts.

Why do people have such a misunderstanding?
Chanwuyi is unique to the Yonghuatang of the southern branch of the Shaolin Temple; the Chanwuyi was passed down
from generation to generation within Yonghuatang and was seldom revealed to others. Therefore only very few Shaolin
monks have inherited this method. Some people who did not belong to Yonghuatang used their imagination to interpret
Chanwuyi, and this created many misunderstandings. The current master of Yonghuatang of Shaolin Temple is Master
Dejian. He is the eighteenth-generation master of the Yonghuatang.

Who created Chanwuyi?
Chanwuyi was not created by one person, but is the fruition of eighteen generations of monks of the Yonghuatang of
Shaolin Temple, who continually improved it generation after generation into a complete body of knowledge.

Who founded Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple?
Yonghuatang of the Shaolin Temple was founded by Master Wuyan Zhengdao. He was the abbot of the Shaolin Temple
and also the chief of all Buddhist Chan monks in northern China. He was known as the leading monk.§ During his※
service as abbot of the Shaolin Temple, Shaolin Chanwuyi flourished as never before, and this set a firm foundation for
Chanwuyi.

Do all Shaolin monks practice Chanwuyi?
No, not all Shaolin monks practice Chanwuyi. Some Shaolin monks practice under the Jingtu branch who focus on
prayers, and some monks do not practice Wu at all. Traditionally, the Shaolin Temple is divided into eastern, southern,
western, and northern branches, and only the southern and western branches exist today. Yonghuatang belongs to the
southern branch, and Chanwuyi is unique to this branch. The Wu practiced by the southern branch is different from
other Shaolin Wu in that Chanwuyi emphasizes the training of the mind, the focus, and the Qi. The main goal is to
develop a virtuous character and virtuous mind through the practice of Wu.

What is the aim of practicing Chanwuyi?
The aim of practicing Chanwuyi is to help people lead a happy and natural life, to learn to train the mind and body in
everyday living. All Shaolin Wu are developed from activities of daily living. One can practice Wu when one is
walking, sitting in a car, cleaning and doing house chores, taking the stairs, and even sleeping. Wu practice is a way to
train one's bodily movements and mental state. One can practice Chanwuyi when walking, standing, sitting, and lying
down.


Practicing Chanwuyi in daily living

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Links

http://www.chanwuyi.org/
Official Website Of The Chanwuyi Foundation Ltd.

http://www.chanwuyicenter.com/
The Chanwuyi Research Center for Neuropsychological Well-Being was established in 2013 with the generous donation of several
successful businessmen in Hong Kong who have passion on Chinese culture. The primary focus of this center is to investigate the

effectiveness of a Chinese traditional health concept, namely Chanwuyi, as an intervention for cognitive function, emotional
problems and physical health of patients with cognitive disorders and/or psychological disorders. It can also be considered as a

life-style medicine for general public who want to improve their psychological and physical health.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ShaolinChanWuYi
Chanwuyi youtube chanel

Related OnLine Video – Documentaries (English language or subtitled)

CCTV-9 Martial Arts Today Monk Dejian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgCWLzaWk20

ShaolinChanwuyi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj4acuaS4E4

CCTV Story Board - Medical Secrets of Shaolin Temple Shi Dejian
Part 1 http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101112/100367.shtml
Part 2 http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101112/108420.shtml
Part 3 http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101113/104013.shtml

BBC Extreme Pilgrim - Shaolin Monastery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIAVx5KHHZ0

Kung fu Quest - Shaolin Chuan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk0cI0jypqA

The Ascetic Monk of Shaolin
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbVBpTeK53M
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxxnfXuesxc

Shi DeJian video database (English-Chinese Language)
http://www.tudou.com/home/item_u23196252s0p1.html

http://www.tudou.com/home/item_u23196252s0p1.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxxnfXuesxc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbVBpTeK53M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk0cI0jypqA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIAVx5KHHZ0
http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101113/104013.shtml
http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101112/108420.shtml
http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboard/20101112/100367.shtml
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj4acuaS4E4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj4acuaS4E4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgCWLzaWk20
http://www.youtube.com/user/ShaolinChanWuYi
http://www.chanwuyicenter.com/
http://www.chanwuyi.org/

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