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Shaolin Kung Fu, martial arts of Buddhist monks
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Shaolin Kung Fu is a martial art that embodies the doctrines of Chan Buddhism as practised by monks of Shaolin Temple, Mount Songshan, China. Incorporating aspects of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, it stresses the combination of movement, stillness, quickness, slowness and breath. Shaolin Kung Fu blends martial arts with meditation to attain a better knowledge of Chan Buddhism, in particular, regarding insights into nature and the universe. It is transmitted in master-disciple relationships via oral instruction and example.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/country: China,
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2011 sur la liste représentative
Type: Documentary
Duration: 9 minutes
Credits: Wang Honghai-Beijing Film Academy (publisher),
Published in: 2009

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