Ming-period evidence of shaolin martial practice

  title={Ming-period evidence of shaolin martial practice},
  author={Meir Shahar},
  journal={Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies},
  • Meir Shahar
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Education
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
T HE Shaolin J/t Monastery is arguably one of the most famous Buddhist temples worldwide. The reason lies not in the scholarly achievements of its resident monks, nor even in the traditions associating it with Bodhidharma (Damo 4)*), legendary founder of the Chan school. Rather, Shaolin's fame rests on the martial arts, for many traditions of Chinese fighting consider this monastery their birthplace. The twentieth century has witnessed a fascinating cultural exchange, as Chinese fighting… 

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