BODHIDHARMA'S TEACHING IS TIMELESS
Sifu, would you say that the Bodhidharma’s arts have changed over time, or have they changed at all?
-- Markus Kahila
As in many other questions concerning chi kung, the answer can be yes and no.
In principle, Bodhidharma's teaching is timeless. It was as valid then as it is now. Fundamentally, both the methods and the benefits have remained the same throughout time.
Regarding methods, it is getting into a chi kung state of mind and use appropriate form to generate energy. Regarding benefits, it is employing energy to clear blockage to attain good health, vitality and longevity, to enhance performace in whatever we do, and to break through the illusory physical body to attain spiritual goals.
Even the form is similar. The chi kung patterns we practice now in our school are similar to those taught by Bodhidharma as recorded in classic texts and pictures.
We don’t mean to be presumptions, but it appears that we are even more cost-effective than the Shaolin monks in the past, though their level of attainment was much higher due to the amount of time they dedicated to the arts. Our students experience chi flow, internal force and spiritual expansion into the Cosmos in much shorter time than past Shaolin monks as described in classical records.
-- Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
The above is reproduced from the thread 10 Questions for Grandmaster: Legacy of Bodhdharma in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.
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