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WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A GOLDEN AGE

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/answers/sp-issues/purifying.html)

Wong Wei Foong

The beautiful smile of our Shaolin Wahnam Secretary reflects the joy with which our Shaolin Wahnam Family members look at the world today, and the hope we have for the world in the future

Question

This question is a broad one and may not be responded to if it is considered superfluous. My question is simply what does Master Wong Kiew Kit see for the future of this entire planet and how does he think that his life and life for people in the future will be.

— Yaroslav, Canada

Answer by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Your questions are interesting and important for the future of humanity.

Our training has made me and those in our school very optimistic. Not only we wholesomely enjoy the present, we forgive the wrongs that others may have done to us in the past and look towards the future with hopes and aspirations. If we feel we have wronged ourselves, we forgive ourselves

It is not that we are irresponsible with our past, licentious with our present or uncaring with our future. In fact we hold high moral values, as guided by our Ten Shaolin Laws, and cultivate spiritually every time we train, and we train conscientiously every day.

The wonderful benefits that we get are not just extrinsic, due to verbal or written teaching. More significantly they are intrinsic, due to our dedicated training that results in a purification of our body, intellect and soul. It is pertinent to mention that these are no empty words. These words accurately describe the benefits our students are getting.

Many schools also say that their training purifies the body, intellect and soul. Even some schools teaching the most brutal form of martial art where students seem to take pride in causing hurt to their opponents or sparring partners also say that their training is spiritual. But an intelligent observation of the students’ results will tell whether the claims of the schools are true.

If the students become more unhealthy as a result of their training, then it is obviously not true that their training purifies the body. If the students do not even realize that they are not getting the benefits their arts are purported to give despite having trained for a long time, it is obvious their training does not purify their intellect.

If the students become more dull and depressed, it is obvious their training does not purify their soul. These conclusions are obvious, yet it is shocking that thousands of students all over the world are getting unhealthier and depressed as a result of their training, and are unaware of it.

How do we justify our claim that our training purifies the body, the intellect and the soul. After practicing for some time our students overcome their pain and illness and attain good health. This justifies our claim that our training purifies our body, as a pure body is naturally healthy. When the body is chocked with impurities, like toxic waste, viruses and locked emotions, it fails in its natural functions and become sick or in pain.

After practicing for some time our students have much mental clarity. They are clear about the aims and objectives of their training, and how well their training helps them to attain their aims and objectives. If you examine how and what they write in our Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum, their mental clarity is quite obvious. This justifies our claim that our training purifies the intellect, as a purified intellect results in mental clarity.

The writings of our students in our Discussion Forum also show that they are happy and peaceful with themselves and with other people. In fact, many of our students often expressed how grateful they are for having practiced our arts which make them find life and the world so beautiful. This shows that their practice has purified their soul, for a purified soul will find beauty in life and the world.

What has this explanation of purifying the body, intellect and soul to do with your question. It has everything to do with the question. Firstly, it explains how members of our Shaolin Wahnam Family and I look at the world now and in the future. We are grateful for the many good things in our world now. And we are confident that the world in future will be even better.

We are living in a golden age. Many people may be surprised at this statement. They think the golden age was a few hundred years ago. No, a few hundred years ago you didn’t even have electricity or tap water, things that we take for granted now but forget how important they are in making life comfortable. A few hundred years ago most people did not have a chance to go to school. Now you can assess amazing information via the internet at the tips of your fingers!

More significantly the above explanation will affect how you and many other people see our world in future — whether you will see it as a beautiful home or a doomed place where resources run out. This will become clear as I answer your other questions.

Grandmaster Wong and Sifu Riccardo

Despite over 60, Grandmaster Wong and Dr Riccardo Salvetore examplify good health, mental clarity and spirtual joy as a result of purifying body, intellect and soul

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Reproduced from Questions 1 in Selection of Questions and Answers September 2010 Part 1

Another of Yaroslav’a question is answered here

The First Prize of First Shaolin Wahnam Poetry Competition 2015

THE FIRST PRIZE OF FIRST SHAOLIN WAHNAM POETRY COMPETITION

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/first.html)

Santiago Criado

Santiago Criado



You can read all the poems submitted for the Competition here


The Master
Santiago Criado

Let me hold your hand, ‘til you can understand, let me hold your hand.

It’s alright if you cry, even if you don’t know why, it’s alright if you cry.

Let me help you to smile, even if it’s for a while, let me help you to smile.

Just smile from the heart, and the wall will fall apart, just smile from the heart.

Let me guide you in your way, oh through night and day, let me guide you in your way.

I will help you to forget any kind of regret, I will help you to forget.

You’ll be able to forgive, it’ll be a great relief, you’ll be able to forgive.

You will live in the now, and I will teach you how, you will live in the now.

You don’t have to feel scared, you can fly like a bird, you don’t have to feel scared.

You’ll enjoy the flow of life, and how to be alive, you’ll enjoy the flow of life.


Please click here to view a video of Santiago singing his poem

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The Second Prize of First Shaolin Wahnam Poetry Competition 2015

THE SECOND PRIZE OF FIRST SHAOLIN WAHNAM POETRY COMPETITION

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/second.html)

Saskia Wood

Saskia Wood



You can read all the poems submitted for the Competition here


Change
Saskia Wood

Change can be a tricky thing

Not something that can be organised

Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad

You can build your future and reality

It’s not all down to fate!

Just use your mind and energy

And learn to recreate

The past is past

But now is present

Use your wisdom to

Learn how to deal with change

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The Third Prize of First Shaolin Wahnam Poetry Competition 2015

THE THIRD PRIZE OF FIRST SHAOLIN WAHNAM POETRY COMPETITION

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/third.html)

Davy

Davy Noguera



You can read all the poems submitted for the Competition here


They Burned Everything
Davy Noguera

They burned everything,

 

leaving nothing more than ashes

 

above and below the rocks.

 

And yet we still exist,

 

beyond all the temples,

 

with the world as our new temple.

 

The tree was torn limb from limb,

 

the flowers ripped away and thrown far

 

so they would sink into forgottenness.

 

But the pollen and the fruits were taken to the South,

 

beyond the borders of the kingdom,

 

beyond all the coasts and the oceans,

 

beyond time – devourer of all.

 

And the fruits gave their seeds to a new land

 

and from the pollen we birthed new life.

 

We’re no longer monks, but we carry

 

the code and the lineage.

 

With our hearts open like a sky without clouds

 

we spread joy and goodness throughout the world.

 

To the East, far to the East we don’t hide,

 

a new Patriarch has opened the treasure chest.

 

Heaven and its Immortals accompany him,

 

while beneath him the family grows.

 

This is the will of the Cosmos,

 

with its blessings to all.

 

Translated from Spanish into English by Andrew Robert

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NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE GRANDMASTER

(reproduced from http://www.shaolin.org/general-3/message2016.html)

Shaolin Kungfu

Grandmaster Wong presenting a paper at the 2nd World Qigong Congress in 1997 where he was awarded “Qigong Master of the Year”



As we move into 2016, it is worthwhile to look back over the years at what we in Shaolin Wahnam have discovered. Viewing these discoveries from a particular vantage point, some of our family members may not realise their great significance, but viewing the discoveries over many years, with reference to the general development of chi kung and kungfu, these discoveries are really remarkable, and may create history for posterity.

One of the greatest of these discoveries is to enter into a chi kung state of mind, or to enter Zen in Shaolin Kungfu, or to enter Tao in Taijiquan. Shaolin Wahnam students today are very familiar with entering into a chi kung state of mind as we perform it every time we practice, but this concept, as we understand it, is actually new. I did not know about this chi kung state of mind in my students’ days, and most chi kung and kungfu practitioners today are unaware of it.

My first introduction to this chi kung state of mind, though it was not so called at the time, was during a casual talk with my sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam. My siifu told me, “If you are not relaxed and focused, you may as well not practice because you will not get any benefit.”

The first time I read about the term, chi kung state of mind, was from the great chi kung master of China, Sifu Yen Xin. He mentioned that entering into a chi kung state of mind is crucial in chi kung training. He explained that it was a new term, probably coined by him himself, and in the past this mental state was known as “entering silence”. It dawned on me that in other cultures, the same mental state was described as attaining a heightened level of consciousness. I also recalled reading some chi kung literature that the mind, not energy, is the most important factor in chi kung, though it literally means “energy art”.

The skill to enter into a chi kung state of mind was developed by me over many years. When I first taught chi kung to the public, I did not ask students to enter into a chi kung state of mind. But when I found the skill useful, I not only taught it, I transmitted it.

One main reason why I could improve my teaching methodology tremendously, sometimes beyond recognition, is because I teach about a hundred classes a year, whereas most other teachers teach only a class or two. In other words, a typical chi kung teacher teaches his students a particular chi kung exercise one or twice a year, but I teach the same exercise a hundred times. This gives me a lot of opportunities to improve my teaching methods.

Entering into a chi kung state of mind is fantastic. Now students at my Intensive Chi Kung Course can generate a chi flow within the first hour. My early students took about 4 to 5 months to generate a chi flow. Most other practitioners cannot generate a chi flow at will regardless of how long they may have practiced chi kung.

Besides speeding up the attainment of our students, entering into a chi kung state of mind also enables them to accomplish unbelievable high-level results. In a regional course of Massaging Internal Organs of just 4 hours, even relative beginners can direct chi to their internal organs to massage them. In a regional course of Bone Marrow Cleansing, within 4 hours even relative beginners could direct chi to flow at different levels and derive various wonderful benefits. Others outside our school, even when they are sympathetic to us, may find it hard to believe.

How do we know our students could direct chi to their internal organs or to whatever level they wish? In the respective courses, they reported form their own experience that they could do so. In principle, it is like asking someone sitting on a chair how he knows he is sitting on a chair. He knows from direct experience. Only those who have never directed chi to their internal organs or to whatever level they wish, would ask such a question.

In kungfu training, two of the greatest discoveries, and which our students benefit immediately, are to develop internal force and to use kungfu for combat. These two attainments are actually the two pillars of kungfu training. In other words, all kungfu training, if it is done correctly and successfully, is geared towards developing force and combat efficiency.

Again, as developing internal force and applying kungfu for combat are so common in our school that those who are not exposed to other kungfu schools may mistakenly think these kungfu accomplishments are the norms. Although we are not unique in having these abilities, they are certainly very rare. Most kungfu practitioners today, including some masters, do not have internal force, and do not know how to use kungfu for combat.

One of the crucial factor that enables me to discover methods that enable our students to develop internal force and to apply kungfu for combat was differentiating between skills and techniques. This itself was a remarkable discovery. In my students’ days, I did not know the difference between skills and techniques, Most kungfu practitioners today, including masters, do not differentiate between skills and techniques.

The techniques used by all kungfu practitioners to develop internal force and to apply kungfu for combat are genuine. But most practitioners (outside our school) do not have the necessary skills, and they are unaware of it. Those who persist in the techniques for many years and eventually succeed, become masters, and they form a very small proportion of the starting population. The others fail, or give up half-way.

From our perspective, the most important discovery is to transfer our chi kung and kungfu training to enrich our daily life. We do so purposefully and systematically, and I am very happy that we have been very successful.

Previously I thought that the biggest group of people who wrote to thank me would be those whom I helped to cure from so-called incurable diseases. But this was not so. The biggest group of people, by a very big margin, who wrote to thank me were initially healthy. They thanked me for sharing our arts that enabled them to enrich their lives as well as the lives of other people.

Like other discoveries, this discovery was, and is, not common in kungfu circles. Many past masters, despite their high chi kung or kungfu attainment, did not lead happy lives. Some of them, due to their training, were more efficient in their work than had they not trained chi kung or kungfu, but unlike us they did not consciously apply their chi kung or kungfu training to enrich their lives.

Today’s situation is worse. Many chi kung and kungfu masters are sick, physically or emotionally, and some have to take medication on a routine basis. A world known surgeon told me some shocking news — more than 75% of his patients were top martial artists, and their most frequent treatment was hip replacement. These top martial artists practiced their arts as hobbies, which ware meant to give them pleasure!

We in Shaolin Wahnam are indeed very lucky. We have good health, vitality and longevity — though some of you may have to wait 30 years to confirm this benefit. We have mental freshness and mental clarity as well as spiritual joys, irrespective of religion, like being peaceful and happy.

I wish all our Shaolin Wahnam family members and all our guests good health and happiness.

Wong Kiew Kit
1st January 2016.

Grandmaster Wong demonstrating a chin-na technique

First Shaolin Wahnam Poetry Competitions 2015 – Best Overall Non-English Poem in Translation

BEST OVERALL NON-ENGLISH POEM IN TRANSLATION

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/overall.html)

Sifu Naoko Yamada

Sifu Naoko Yamada



You can read all the poems submitted for the Competition here


Morning Dew
Sifu Naoko Yamada

At dawn

The dew of the rainy season

On the grass

glitters a reflection of me

that vanishes by evening

Translated into English by Sifu Emiko Hsuen

Original Poem in Japanese

朝つゆ

朝焼けの

つゆの 光れし

草の上

我を写せど

夕には失せり

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First Shaolin Wahnam Poetry Competitions 2015 – Best Japanese Poem in Translation

BEST JAPANESE POEM IN TRANSLATION

(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/japan.html)

Miyuki KurodaMiyuki Kuroda



You can read all the poems submitted for the Competition here


Father’s Hands
Miyuki Kuroda

 

Now, Father’s hands are wrinkled.

When I was a child, I thought they were the biggest hands in the world.

When those hands would squeeze mine, I would be reassured.

When I couldn’t sleep at night, those hands would hold me and gently pat me on the back.

Probably when Father was just born, his hands must have been plump and round.

During his youth, he must have experienced hardship.

When he met Mother, when I was born and my little brother was born, he must have been happy.

Hands that worked so hard for his family and society, Father’s.

Now, I am the one who squeezes his hands.

Not quite sad, not quite happy.

My Father’s wrinkled hands.

Translater into English by Sifu Emiko Hsuen

Original Poem in Japanese

父の手

今では、しわしわの父の手。

幼い時は、世界で一番大きな手だと思ってた。

その手でギュッと握られると安心した。

眠れない夜、抱っこして背中を優しくたたいてくれた。

生まれたばかりの父の手は、ぷっくりしていただろう。

青春時代は、辛い日々を経験しただろう。

母とであった時、私と弟が生まれた時は幸せだっただろう。

一生懸命、家族や社会のために働いた父の手。

今は、その手を私が握る。

嬉しいいような、寂しいいような 。

しわしわの父の手.

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