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Shaolin’s Shi Yongxin, Angel or Devil?

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...

Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hoohah

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...

Town Asks Kung Fu Monks for Tourism Blessings

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...

China’s Shaolin Temple Kicks Off Expansion Plan

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....

Kung Fu Warriors Fight For Martial Art’s Future

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...

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