On December 4, 2013, Ven. Abbot Yongxin had an exchange meeting with twenty African students from five African countries. At the beginning of the meeting, every student introduced themselves to Ven. Abbot Yongxin in Chinese. After that, Ven. Abbot Yongxin listened to the students’ learning and living situation in the past two months. The most popular topics the students referred to was their growth and change in Shaolin Temple and how to take what they had gained to their country and people.
In the meeting
“In the beginning, the life in Shaolin Temple was not as interesting as imagined. It was very hard to finish the training and study. But it was very nice to finish everyday training and study with the masters in Shaolin Temple together. We adapted the life here soon and made progress. We enjoy ourselves and cherish everyday life here.” Peace, female student from Nigeria, said.
Moses, who comes from Uganda, said: “It is grateful to Ven. Abbot Yongxin and the masters in Shaolin Temple. You make our “Shaolin Dream” come true. The three-month learning and living in Shaolin Temple is not enough to understand the profound Shaolin culture. We have studied and experienced Shaolin Chan, Kungfu and Medicine as well as the life-style of Shaolin Temple. We hope the learning and living time in Shaolin Temple can be extended to two or three years.” Other students agreed with what he said.
The students actively spoke what the felt
Caphas and Sam, who come from Nigeria, are the youngest ones among the students. Speaking of the personal experience, both of them are in a sentimental mood. Caphas said: “The life in Shaolin Temple gave me lots of feelings. In the last two weeks, I will do my best to improve myself and show my best result to Ven. Abbot Yongxin and the masters in Shaolin Temple.” Sam said that he liked the quiet life in Shaolin Temple very much and he was willing to make effort to learn Shaolin Kungfu and Chan meditation.
Took a group photo
Finally, Ven. Abbot Yongxin expressed his care and support to the students and explained them the cultural inheritance of Shaolin Temple and the universal value of Shaolin life-style as well as Shaolin Kungfu, Chan meditation, commandments and belief. He hoped that the students not only propagate Shaolin Kungfu to strengthen people’s body, but also let the wisdom of Chan Buddhism and Shaolin life-style benefit more people so as to gain the happiness in the inner soul. “Three months are very short. For most Kungfu practitioners, the first three months are the rough time. After you finish the learning and living here, you have laid a solid foundation for your future practice and cultivation.” Ven. Abbot Yongxin said, “I hope you take Shaolin Temple as your second home. Shaolin Temple is always your spiritual home.”