The Complete Book of Shaolin

 

The Complete Book of Shaolin

 

Shaolin Kungfu has been considered by many as the best martial art in the world. But kungfu is just one of the three treasures of Shaolin, the other two being chi kung and Zen.

For the first time ever, this inspiring book, written by an internationally acclaimed Shaolin Grandmaster, brings to you the crystallization of Shaolin wisdom and practice spanning many centuries. Its scope and depth is amazing, touching on, among many other things, poetry and enlightenment.

Yet it is written in a language easy to understand. Profound concepts and difficult techniques are explained systematically with many illustrations.

The book includes:

  • The background and scope of kungfu.
  • Form and combat applications.
  • Principles and methods of force training.
  • Energy training and mind training.
  • Secrets of the masters.
  • Traditional Chinese weapons.
  • Maintaining one’s health and vitality and the healing of so-called incurable diseases.
  • Interesting stories and legends of Shaolin.
  • Zen and spiritual development.

 

Chapter Preview:

(A) BACKGROUND AND SCOPE

Chapter 1: A Heavenly Vision (How Shaolin Monastery Got Its Name)

Chapter 2: The Fabulous Shaolin Monastery (Legends and Significance of Monastery Halls)

Chapter 3: Fit for Emperors and Generals (Precious Arts of Shaolin)

Chapter 4: Movements of Health, Vitality and Longevity (Shaolin Way to Physical and Spiritual Health)

(B) SHAOLIN KUNGFU

Chapter 5: Poetry of Strength and Courage (The Philosophy and Dimension of Shaolin Kungfu)

Chapter 6: Form and Function in Motion (The Fundamentals of Shaolin Kungfu)

Chapter 7: Fighting in Beautiful Movements (Kungfu Application for Combat)

Chapter 8: From Kungfu Form to Combat Application (Specific Techniques to Handle Situation)

Chapter 9: From Arranged to Free Sparring (Practicing Variation in Combat Sequences)

Chapter 10: Further Training for Effective Fighting (Developing Fundamental Sparring Skills)

Chapter 11: Creating Opportunities to Secure Victory (Applying Tactics and Strategies in Fighting)

Chapter 12: Fascinating Force of Shaolin Masters (Various Kinds of Force in Shaolin Kungfu)

Chapter 13: Principles and Methods of Power Training (Shaolin Iron Palm and Iron Arm)

Chapter 14: Secrets of the Energy Masters (Developing Cosmos Palm and Iron Shirt)

Chapter 15: The Fast, the Agile and the Marvellous (Marvellous Responses and Arts of Lightness)

Chapter 16: Dragons, Phoenixes, Tigers and Moon (A Brief Survey of Kungfu Weapons)

(C) CHI KUNG AND OTHER ARTS

Chapter 17: The Spirit of Shaolin (Morality, Righteousness and Compassion)

Chapter 18: Wonders of Shaolin Chi Kung (Link Between Physical and Spiritual)

Chapter 19: Curing “Incurable” Diseases (Shaolin Chi Kung and Chinese Medicine)

Chapter 20: The Internal Cosmos (A Marvellous Art Called the Small Universe)

Chapter 21: If You Have Broken Your Bones (An Introduction to Shaolin Traumatology)

Chapter 22: The Songs and Poetry of Shaolin (Describing the Grandeur in Rhythm and Rhyme)

(D) ZEN AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 23: The Divine and the Cosmos (Magnificence and Universality of Religions)

Chapter 24: Various Vehicles of Enlightenment (The Beauty and Wisdom of Buddhism)

Chapter 25: Ancient Wisdom on Modern Science (Various Chinese School of Buddhism)

Chapter 26: The Beauty and Profundity of Zen (Philosophical Considerations for Zen Training)

Chapter 27: Methods of Zen Cultivation (Sutras, Mantras and Meditation)

Chapter 28: In Search of Shaolin Masters (From Kungfu and Chi Kung to Zen)

 

About the author:

Wong Kiew Kit, popularly known as Sifu Wong, is the fourth generation successor of Venerable Jiang Nan from the famous Shaolin Monastery in China and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Kungfu and Chi Kung. He received the “Chi Kung Master of the Year” Award during the Second World Congress on Chi Kung held in San Francisco in 1997. He has practiced and taught the Shaolin arts for more than 3 decades and has more than 60,000 students all over the world.

Since 1987, Sifu Wong has spent more time teaching Chi Kung than Kungfu, because he feels that while Kungfu serves as an interesting hobby, Chi Kung serves an urgent public need, particularly in overcoming degenerative and psychiatric illnesses.

Sifu Wong is one of the few masters who have generously introduced the once secretive Shaolin Chi Kung to the public, and has helped many people to obtain relief or overcome so-called “incurable” diseases like hypertension, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, diabetes, migraine, gastritis, gall stones, kidney failure, depression, anxiety and even cancer.

He stresses the Shaolin philosophy of sharing goodness with all humanity, and is now dedicated to spreading the wonders and benefits of the Shaolin arts to people all over the world irrespective of race, culture and religion.

Sifu Wong is also an internationally acclaimed author of books on the Shaolin arts and Buddhism.

Books by Wong Kiew Kit:

Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu
The Art of Chi Kung
The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu
The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan
Chi Kung for Health and Vitality
The Complete Book of Zen
The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine
The Complete Book of Shaolin
Sukhavati: The Western Paradise
Master Answers Series: The Shaolin Arts

 

Book review:

Yet, the best application of kungfu is not just to fight. The qualities of a good fighter that we develop in kungfu training – like courage, calmness, sound judgment, fluidity of movements and mental freshness – can be applied to make life more rewarding and meaningful for ourselves and for other people.

Chapter 5: Poetry of Strength and Courage – The Four Dimensions of Kungfu

Practising chi kung clears energy blockage, especially at the cellular and sub-atomic levels, with the beneficial effects gradually spreading to the levels of tissues, organs, and the whole body including the mind. When vital energy is increased and its flow harmonious, yin-yang balance is achieved.

Chapter 19: Curing “Incurable” Diseases – How Does Chi Kung Cure Illness

In theory, Zen is the easiest. If you are ready, and just do this correctly – sit comfortably in a lotus position, close your eyes and keep your mind blank – you will achieve enlightenment, i.e. the greatest achievement any being can achieve, in an instant! But in actual practice, this approach may be the most difficult. It may sound odd, but sitting comfortably itself may not be easy! Some people cannot even sit comfortably on a chair; they feel restless after only a few minutes. Sitting in a lotus position, even if they are prepared to put up with some discomfort, is difficult for most untrained adults. Keeping the mind blank is worse; some people have told me it was the most difficult thing they had ever attempted.

Chapter 26: The Beauty and Profundity of Zen – The Easiest or the Most Difficult

 

Book details:

Pages: 350

Chapters: 28

Publisher: Cosmos Internet Sdn Bhd

Language: English

Paperback/Hardback: Paperback

ISBN – 10: 983-40879-1-8

ISBN – 13: 978-983-40879-1-3