Shaolin kung fu has its origins in the fifth century. It began in the temple where the monks sought to find and develop a mind/body discipline. In addition to the self-defense techniques and fighting styles, Kung fu also has many mental exercises and stamina practices that are designed to balance the whole body. Kung fu is fundamentally about aligning the character with morality and respect.
Tai Chi is known to clear the mind, increase balance and concentration, and to improve the quality of all essential functions – like sleep, digestion, and breathing. Shaolin Temple Dublin now offers classes that will immerse you in the most essential form of Tai Chi – called Xi Sui Jing, or Bone Marrow Cleansing. This form of Tai Chi cleanses you from your deepest core, improving both your physical and spiritual strength.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.