Shaolin Abbot Urges Academics to Study Shaolin
07-24-2018    CRIENGLISH
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>CRIENGLISH.com, October 13, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Beijing</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US> -- The mysterious world of the Shaolin monks is ready to throw itself open to academic scrutiny, according to temple abbot Shi Yongxin.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 297.0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The history of Shaolin is closely related to Chinese politics, society, religion, economy and culture. People should research Shaolin just as they study A Dream of Red Mansions," Shi Yongxin, Shaolin abbot said in an international seminar on Buddhist Culture in the Yuan Dynasty Thursday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>To develop academic study on the Shaolin, Shi Yongxin said the temple plans to strengthen its cooperation with academia, especially scholars specializing in history and Buddhism.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>With around 1500 years of history, the abbot said the sect is worthy of research because it has contributed so much to Buddhism and Chinese culture.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Chinese</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN lang=EN-US> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US> of Social Science researcher Chen Gaohua is interested in Shi Yongxin's proposal. He said the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Shaolin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> has more than 80 Jin Dynasty steles alone, all historic treasures with high value for research.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Jinan University History Professor Ma Daming also responded positively. She said the Shaolin temple is no longer an ordinary temple, but an important symbol of Chinese culture, an amalgamation of tradition and religion. She believes people should support its development.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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