The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been...
Aug 10, 2015
In a recent cartoon, Badiucao focuses on two ongoing cases related to the state control of...
Aug 3, 2015
The abbot of Henan’s Shaolin Monastery, the Chan Buddhist institution famous for being the...
Jul 31, 2012
Abbot Shi Yongxin, who runs China’s famed Shaolin Temple, has been digging the pay dirt for the prestigious monastery for years. However, his operating ideology that made Shaolin thrive financially is sometimes condemned...
Sep 14, 2011
Film star Jet Li’s planned promotion of Tai Chi around the world, backed by Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, is no mere business venture. Rather, it is an heroic attempt to boost China’s currently feeble...
Jan 3, 2009
The New York Times writes about the town of Guandu, in Yunnan, where the commissioner of ethnic and religious affairs became discouraged when renovated Buddhist temples failed to generate tourist income: Mr. Dou found a savior...
Nov 26, 2008
From Reuters: China’s birth place of kung fu, the Shaolin Temple, has taken over the management of four Buddhist temples in southwest China in a move criticized by some Internet users for mixing capitalism with religion....
Aug 17, 2008
From The Times: Among the green peaks of the Song Shan mountain range is a town named Dengfeng, which has the highest concentration of hardmen in the world. You can hear them all morning, training in the dozens of schools that...
Jun 25, 2008
From Reuters: China’s Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu and the star of many martial arts films, has set up an online store to flog its wares. Named “Shaolin The Stage of Joy”, a Web page has been set...
Jan 3, 2008
From Shanghai Daily: Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Chinese martial arts, plans to spend 300 million yuan (US$41.10 million) on a new temple which will become home to the nation’s biggest Buddhist college. The new temple, on the site of the Donglin Temple in Xingyang County, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, will cover 107 hectares and is […]
Oct 10, 2007
From DWNEWS.COM and Sohu Blog, summarized and translated by CDT: An Chinese old saying reads, “Shaolin Kongfu defeats the world.” This sentence perhaps needs to be changed. As host of the Olympic Games, Beijing will successfully add “Martial Arts” into its “Ad Hoc” program, hoping to demonstrate Chinese Wushu’s (martial arts’) spirit in a profound […]
Sep 13, 2006
From Onemanbandwidth blog: And if only David Carradine, of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Fame, had known he did not have to get that image of a dragon scalded into his forearms: [Full Text]
Aug 30, 2006
From China Daily: Shi Yongxin, the abbot of Shaolin Temple, widely considered the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu, spends most of his day greeting corporate executives, government officials and friends from all over the world and dealing with dinner invitations and business instead of shepherding all disciples. When Henan officials presented Shi with a spectacular […]
Aug 10, 2006
From the Independent: The success of popular martial arts films means everybody is kung fu fighting in China these days, but youngsters will soon be adopting a fighting stance in the classroom rather than outside in the playground. Kung fu has now been made compulsory in secondary schools in central China. The first kung fu […]
May 19, 2006
From Asian Times Online (link): From high up in the misty Song Mountains of central China’s Henan province, the Shaolin monastery and its kung fu monks have held a peculiar fascination across the centuries. Shrouded in a swirl of myth and mystery, the temple’s fame has long crossed Chinese borders thanks to Hollywood and Jet […]
Apr 28, 2006
From Xiaoxiang Morning Post via China Daily (link): In an interview with the Xiaoxiang Morning Post, Shi Yanlu, chief coach of the Shaolin Temple‘s martial arts team, revealed the modern life enjoyed by monks. Shi said most of the monks aged over 18 years have mobile phones and surf the Internet every day. They also […]
Photo: On Jan. 19, Shaolin Temple puts on a martial arts show in the snow for tourists, via eastday.com.
Jan 23, 2006
Dec 4, 2005
From the Los Angeles Times: Shi Yongxin wears a bright yellow robe and heavy prayer beads and lives in an ancient shrine high up in the mountains of central China. Yet he spends a lot of his time traveling in a chauffeur-driven jeep, jet-setting around the world and hobnobbing with Hollywood types. No wonder some […]
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