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Immerse yourself in the monastic lifestyle at Shaolin Temple Yunnan. Regardless of your age, gender, level of fitness or skill, the knowledge gained through this retreat will lead to life-long health and longevity. This 10-day Health and Longevity Retreat combines internationally recognized Kung Fu training with authentic, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The temple welcomes men and women, 18 years of age and up to learn millennia-old, tried and tested practices for lasting health that have improved the wellbeing of countless people worldwide. All this while experiencing the beauty of China in a one-of-a-kind cultural immersion.
The temple offers several options for accommodation: inside the temple grounds or at a local hotel within 3 minutes walk from the temple.
You can choose between the shared monk rooms and single monk rooms. They are simple and suited for an authentic experience. Shared monk rooms will be separated by male and female students. You will not be permitted inside the shared room of the opposite sex.
The temple also offers single monk rooms. These rooms have limited availability, so if you wish to secure your spot in one of these rooms, you’ll need to book well in advance of your stay. Single monk rooms require a deposit of the full amount for your expected stay, and accommodation changes may not be made after. Washing facilities are shared no matter the accommodation.
During your stay, you will also have access to Wi-Fi, a laundry area, two automatic washing machines, and a shared washing facility. Items such as bedding, towel, and linen are included in your booking. You’ll be responsible for providing your own toiletries, washing powders, extra blankets, etc.
You can opt for a hotel room which is about 3 minutes walk from the temple. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, gym, restaurant, reading terrace, garden and coffee place. It is suitable for short term booking as an alternative to the temple accommodation. It is suitable for students who prefer to experience word-class training inside the Shaolin temple while living in very comfortable conditions.
*Provided transportation to and from Kunming International Airport via the shuttle service is only available at scheduled times (3:00 p.m. on Day 1 Arrival and 1:00 p.m. on Day 10 Departure). You are responsible for arranging other means of transport to and from the airport if your travel times do not align with the provided shuttle service. You are required to give advanced notice if you will be making alternative transfer arrangements.
During your retreat, you’ll train, sleep, eat and generally live like a monk. This will include learning and upholding the temple’s religious and cultural practices (at least while on the temple grounds and while in your uniform or T-shirt). Don’t worry! Retreat attendees will receive a packet with guidance on this, and the staff will be there to remind you. It’s a very integral part of the overall experience of any stay at the temple.
You’ll learn things like bowing and greeting protocols toward the monks and each other, taking respectful postures in the vicinity of Buddha (and other statues), dining etiquette, and more. You’ll also be taught the importance and meaning of presenting yourself modestly on the temple grounds (in dress and action) and how your temple garment (the provided gray uniform) encourages self-worth, sameness, and connection between you and other guests of the Temple. Finally, you’ll learn why residents and guests of the Temple do not partake in alcohol, meat, cigarettes, sexual acts, or public displays of affection within the complex (or outside in uniform or temple T-shirt).
Through adhering to these practices first-hand for the duration of your retreat, you’ll come to understand their healing and purifying benefits, the value of mutually respecting your body and those of others, and the discipline the temple monks have committed themselves to for centuries.
Following these rules may be challenging for foreign visitors, but be assured they are part of the journey. And though it may be different from what you’re used to, they play a large part in the growth you’ll be experiencing physically, mentally and spiritually on the retreat. These practices are centered on staying healthy, diligent and respectful of humanity – including yourself.
Even after you leave China, you’ll forever live in the temple of your body and mind. Shaolin Temple Yunnan Warrior Monks Training Center hopes this ideal is something you’ll take with you no matter how far your journey home.
Included is an excursion to Dian Ancient Town Hot Springs (with overnight health spa experience as well as included dinner and breakfast).
Shifu Shi Yajun is the head coach of Kung Fu Department of Shaolin Temple Yunnan and disciple of The Venerable Abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple, Grandmaster She Yongxin. He is the 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and 17th Generation Disciple of Meihua Quan. Shifu Yanjun is also the executive president of International Meihua Quan Federation, vice-president of China Meihua Quan Association, and executive director of Mei Boxing Association. His motto in teaching is "Love Kung Fu and Kung Fu will love you back". Be happy everyday!
Shifu Shi Yanpeng is 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk. He studied in Shaolin Temple from the age of nine until 17 and received the sixth Duanwei grading from Shaolin Wushu Association China. He teaches Kung Fu movie and Wing Chun classes and has been working in the movie industry for more than 10 years under the famous directors Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo-Ping. Shifu Yan Peng worked for movies such as Fearless (Jet Li), Dragon Tiger Gate (Donnie Yen), Fist of Fury (Jet Li), The Forbidden Kingdom (Jackie Chan and Jet Li), and more.
Shifu Shi Hengwu is the disciple of Venerable Abbot of Shaolin Temple Yunnan, Grandmaster She Yanbei. She is specialized in Buddhist studies, Buddhist Meditation and Shaolin Qigong, being 35th Generation Buddhist Monk.
Shi Yanbo (Dr. Andreea McCurry) is the disciple of Venerable Abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple, Grandmaster Shi Yongxin. She has been training in China under Shifu Shi Yanjun for more than 7 years. Shi Yanbo is 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and 17th Generation Meihua Quan. Her role in Shaolin Temple is International Cultural Exchange Ambassador. She is Executive Director of World Federation of Chan Medicine and is working directly with the Shaolin Temple Medical Center under the guidance of Grandmaster Shi Yanbei.
Shifu Shi Yanning train in the Shaolin Temple since he was 9 years old. He is specialized in Kung Fu performances and weapons performance. All the students who enroll to train in the specialized field of Kung Fu show and Kung Fu movie will train under Shifu Yanning supervision.
Shaolin Temple Yunnan is located in Kunming, China. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, the weather there is excellent all year long. When you’re not training, you can venture out into the city or you can spend your time inside the temple grounds.
The Shaolin Temple complex consists of four temples: Mioazhan, Fa’ding, Tuzhu, and Guanyin. Fa’ding is the oldest temple, original construction completed around 756A.D. with renovations during the Guanxu Period of the Qing Dynasty, followed by Tuzhu in 937A.D. and Miaozhan in 1290A.D. Many areas of the temple complex are dedicated to deities. The Side Hall and Wing Rooms serve as Buddhist and Taoist shrines to the Goddess of Mercy, God of Fortune and General Yue Fei from the Song Dynasty among others. Tuzhu Temple is the shrine to deity Mahakaya (Da Hei Tian Shen).
Jingang Pagoda, in the main square, was built in 1447A.D. to vanquish the local devil Luo Si Guai, and is the oldest of its kind in China. You will be immersed in ancient Chinese architecture and culture that will enhance your training experience. Those coming to train can experience these as well as many other historically significant architectural features. Students can also participate in lively cultural events and daily ceremonies of this active Buddhist temple.
The temple complex is located in the city of Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. Located at the edge of the Lake Dian, Kunming enjoys wonderful weather year-round, as its name suggests. The city is surrounded by other local temples, limestone landscapes, and lakes. Kunming is also central to Yunnan Province which makes it an ideal location for visiting the exquisite local attractions.
Yunnan, considered by many to be the most beautiful province in China, is home to sights such as the Hani Rice Terraces, the Wooden City and Snow Mountain in Lijiang, and the Shilin Stone Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Other places of interest include the Luoping Flowers, Red River Area, Pu’er Tea Terraces and Xi’Banna Jungle. Those in training are encouraged to explore these local wonders during their free time; such interactions can only enrich their stay at the temple and in China as a whole.
Buddhist monks follow the law of nature. They have a set time for meals and eat in silence. Monks are present in every activity they do, show gratitude to reality and find joy in daily life. Letting go of desire helps them achieve enlightenment. Being in the present you can feel relaxed, your body will be healthy and have vitality.
Mahayana Buddhism entered China in 200 CE. It is the dominant form of Buddhism in China. Mahayana Canon prohibits eating meat as killing animals is Karmically negative. Buddhist food is served in Buddhist Temples. The way of cooking respects the Buddhist precepts. Shaolin Monks follow Buddhist Cuisine. The way of eating is vegetarian or vegan and follows the concept of cruelty-free. As part of the cruelty-free values, we often release animals into the wild – Fangsheng.
In the monastic diet, there are several food restrictions such as garlic, strong-smelling plants (shallot, leek, onion, scallions, and chives), coriander and alcohol. The vegetables restricted are called “The Five Acrid and Strong smelling vegetables” (Wǔ hūn 五荤) or Five Spices (Wǔ xīn 五辛). The restriction is because if they are eaten raw, it can lead to anger or cooked to passion. For Buddhists, strong odors repel Gods and attract hungry ghosts and demons.
Alcohol is also forbidden because of the effects it has on the body. A person under alcohol influence can violate the “Five Moral Precepts” which are: no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying and no taking intoxicants. Moreover, a person under intoxicant (alcohol, tobacco, drugs) influence will lose the proper concentration needed to achieve enlightenment.
The Buddhist food preparation is simple with great attention to keep the wholesomeness, quality, and flavor of food. Not everybody can cook Buddhist food. You must be sincere, kind at heart and treat each ingredient with care and respect. This means simple and natural.
Rice is a staple food served with every meal. In the morning and evening, it often will be cooked porridge or congee. Noodles and grains are also an important part of the diet. The food is cooked using stir-fry method or steamed.
Although eggs and dairy are not permitted in the Buddhist monks’ diet, they are served to the Kung Fu training students as an extra source of protein. As dairy, they only offer goat cheese. Additional sources of proteins in the temple are tofu, beans, lotus root, nuts, and grains.
The temple also offers many dishes that have medical properties such as San Qi Root soup, seaweed, bamboo shoots so on. When there are ceremonies in the temple, many offerings are given in the form of fruits, nuts, and cakes.
Buddhist cooking, in a nutshell, is about maintaining the original character and taste of the food and its nature. Inner peace can be led by a simple meal.
“A cup of tea can wipe off the ignorance and affections/ two cups of tea clear the mind/ three cups of tea can lead to enlightenment.” – Tea Drinking Ballad for teasing Cui Shishi.
Buddhism was introduced in China from India but become known in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Wu Lizhen, a monk in Sichuan Province (Han Dynasty), was the first person to discover the benefits of tea. At that time, tea tree was planted widely. Buddhism developed in the Tang Dynasty when tea culture spread. The tea was very beneficial for monks who were doing meditation. The benefits include refreshing and finding the true heart of Chan.
The temple keeps classes for the tea ceremony for students to attend. During these classes, you will learn how to do a proper ceremony, taste different types of Chinese tea (Pu’er Tea is specific for the Yunnan Province) and understand the benefits of drinking tea for the body. You will be also able to keep your own tea ceremony as part of the practice.
There will be an excursion to Dian Ancient Town Hot Springs - extras such as massage are not included in the fee.
Kunming Changshui International Airport
Provided transportation to and from Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) via the shuttle service is only available at scheduled times (15:00 on Day 1 Arrival and 13:00 on Day 10 Departure).
You are responsible for arranging other means of transport to and from the airport if your travel times do not align with the provided shuttle service. You are required to give advanced notice if you will be making alternative transfer arrangements.
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