Philosophy behind Wellness
For seniors and people interested in the internal cultivation, we offer Wellness class that includes Qigong, Taichi, Ba-Duan Jin, Yijin Jing, Xisui Jing, and Soft Fist exercise. These exercises work with and in the process enhance your own life energy. Wellness classes will regulate your breathing, help you achieve balance and inner strength, and significantly strengthen your tendons and muscles.
Chan is short for Chan-na, which was originally transliterated from Indian Dhyana and translated as meditative state, and it is also known as Zen, the equivalent term in Japanese. Dharma Master Bodhidharma initiated Chinese Chan Buddhism which "points directly to one's mind and does not stand upon words" but stresses a "special transmission outside scriptures". Through the efforts of second Patriarch Huike, third Patriarch Sengcan, fourth Patriarch Daoxin, fifth Patriarch Hongren and sixth Patriarch Huineng, Chan tradition finally turns to be the largest Buddhist school in China. As a result, Bodhidharma was honored as the first Patriarch of Chan Buddhism and Shaolin Temple renowned as the origin of Chan Buddhism.
Aim of Chan Practice
The aim of Chan practice is to develop wisdom and power for enlightening our mind to see the true nature and the true self. If we can eradicate our vexations such as greed, anger, ignorance, and pride, then the mind becomes calm and tranquil, and the body will naturally be healthy. When our mind becomes peaceful, tranquil and free, like clear, still water, that is true Chan.
Chan and Life
How can the mind and the environment be in harmony? This is the objective of Chan. When we are awakened to Chan, we will be in perfect harmony and be free at all times. Although our outer environment undergoes myriad changes and transformations, the state of our mind always dwells in suchness and is always clear and mindful. This is the marvelous function of Chan. Once enlightened, you will see how foolish we've been.
Chan practice doesn't have to be a specific activity done at a specific place. There is Chan when you walk, sit, stand, eat and chant. When you walk, your mind is not wandering. It is observing. It is concentrated. It is alert. It is mindful. Wherever you are, that is where the mind is. You are aware of every movement. That is Chan practice. Simply, every moment, your mind is fully aware; it is vast, empty, and clear.
Meditation is a good way to practice concentration and mindfulness. Concentration means that your mind is not distracted. When you are breath-counting, your mind is always on the breathing. Even though counting is very easy, don't let your mouth do the counting, with the mind being elsewhere. You bring up each number consciously - you are your own master. Count every number as if it were the first time you ever practiced it. This is called keeping the beginner's mind. As you breathe out: one, two, three, four, five, each number takes up all your attention. you have no room for other things, there's only the breath and the counting. There is no self, no others. There's no universe - just the breathing and the counting. That is concentration.
Mindfulness means your mind is alert and clear. As the air is being breathed in, you know it is coming in. As the air is going out, you know it is going out. The counting is distinct and clear. You don't miscount. That is mindfulness. Unification of concentration and mindfulness is Chan.
Wellness exercises are remarkably beneficial for improving the learner's health. In modern society, it is very suitable for everyone, from kids to the elderly. It has been acknowledged that exercising the wellness techniques is very useful for building body strength, curing illnesses, cultivating your moral character and prolonging your life.
Ba Duan Jin (Eight Section Brocade)
"Ba Duan Jin" generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body and its energy. The exercise is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health. Each set of the movements focus on different physical area and qi meridian. It has the functions of stimulating blood circulation and causing muscles and joints to relax, regulating vital energy and blood, promoting metabolishm.
Yi Jin Jing (Change of Meridian)
This exercise focuses on spine turning and flexing. It's smooth and extended movements stretch the bones and tendons and aim to integrate the mind and body with a relaxed spirit. The range of movements and extension of postures in this exercise are adaptable to people of different ages and physical conditions.
Xi Sui Jing (Bone Marrow Cleansing)
"Xi Sui Jing" is one of the most revered internal kungfu exercises of the Song Shan Shaolin Temple. Practicing the "Xi Sui Jing" purifies not only the body, but also the mind through the regulation and enhancement of the body's internal energy (Qi), blood fluids, and nutrients. The method of application in this exercise directs the mindfulness of the breathing. Breathing through nostril, and contemplate through the mind.
Tai Ji (Tai Chi)
Translated into English, tai chi roughly translates as: "supreme boxing," "the root of all motion," and "optimal fist fighting." It is considered a martial art, but unlike the most combative styles, tai chi is based on fluidity and circular movements. Tai chi incorporates the yin-yang (two opposite yet complementary forces) unity of opposites in many ways, for example, during tai chi routines, the weight shifts repeatedly from one leg to the other and the arms move in opposite, yet complementary directions.
Qi Gong (Chi Kung)
"Qi Gong" is an ancient Chinese energy (Qi) practice. Qi means energy, Gong means work. It is based on the concept of Qi energy which flows through the body. It is used for both medical and health purposes and to improve ones martial arts practise. Qi Gong is a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation.
Rou Quan (Soft Fist)
Shaolin "Rou Quan" (Soft or Supple Fist) is a very rare exercise that is directly related to martial art practice. Its soothing and soft motions are considered excellent for seniors and older marital artists wishing to retain their skills. It is used to relax the bones and muscles. It requires smooth breathing to coordinate with body movements. It uses the concept of softness within hardness. By "soft" they mean supple and flexible, not mushy and limp. After practicing for a long time, the Qi in the Dan Tian can reach the top and bottom of the body through the meridians. It was also done for the health of the internal organs, preventing constipation and stagnation.