The Meditation Hall in Shaolin Temple, with a history of more than 1500 years, is located on either side of the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion. It was destroyed in flames of war in 1928. The Records of Shaolin Temple said: “The east Meditation Hall on the North of the Dinning Hall” “The west Meditation Hall is on the north of storeroom”. The east and west Meditation Halls are behind the Mahaviro Hall. The east and west Meditation Halls were rebuilt on their sites in 1981. The former east Meditation Hall was renamed Shaolin Incense Hall and the west Meditation Hall renamed the Guest Hall.


Shaolin Chan Qi

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Buddha did not gain enlightenment completely in those years through different kinds of cultivation or practice. Finally, he got under the bodhi tree, sit in meditation and made a vow: “If not attain enlightenment, I would never leave here.” Buddha enlightened after seven days when he saw the bright star. Thus Chan Qi originated from this, which means attain enlightenment in certain time. Then Chan Hall is also called the site to choose Buddha where Buddha would be chosen in seven days according to qualifications, which has become a feature of Chan Buddhism since the Song Dynasty. Chan monasteries hold practice to achieve realization within a set timeframe every winter. Chan Qi takes 7 days as a period or a session called Da Chan Qi, totaling 7 sessions, 49 days. Monks take more efforts to sit in meditation than usual in Chan Qi. Detail»


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Art and Doctrine of Shaolin Culture

The cultural glamour of a nation is its soft power of culture. The cultural glamour lies in human edification and development. On Oct. 11, 2019, “President Xi Jinping visited the Indian civilization and Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram accompanied by Prime Minister Modi. Both leaders traced the origin of the interactions between Sino-Indian civilizations from Bodhidharma to Shaolin Chan and understood wisdom of ancient civilizations of both countries that could solve diverse problems facing the world today.

Author: 2021-08-11

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