Essence of Spiritual Cultivation

A regional course at the UK Summer Camp

Question 10

One hallmark of Shaolin Wahnam is that we are always aiming at cost-effectiveness.

What is the most cost-effective and easiest way for lay people like us to attain spiritual fulfillment, i.e. attaining Nirvana or returning to God?

Sifu Leonard Lackinger


The most cost-effective and easiest way for lay people to attain spiritual fulfillment is to take regional courses from me where the courses range from an elementary stage like “Generating Energy Flow”, “18 Jewels” and “Five-Animal Play”, through an intermediate stage like “Internal Force”, “Bone-Marrow Cleansing” and “Cosmic Shower”, to an advanced stage like “Cosmic Breathing” and “Merging with the Cosmos”.

In just two or three days, these lay people will have the opportunity to experience all the three stages of spiritual fulfillment from the elementary to the most advanced. The fees they pay for the courses are expensive when compared to other chi kung courses elsewhere, and they may have to travel to another country to take these courses. But compared to the benefits they get, the course fees they pay are very cheap. Compared to the time they would have to spend elsewhere to have similar results, if they ever have similar results, it is simply ridiculous. Instead of spending at lease 10 years, probably 20, they just spend 2 or 3 days!

This way is the most cost-effective, and in my opinion it is also the easiest, though some people may not consider booking a hotel and traveling to another country to take the courses easy.

Will these lay people have all these spiritual benefits stated in the respective courses? From our informal statistics, more than 70% of our students derive these benefits. As a comparison, if they spend 20 years cultivating elsewhere, the chance of them acquireing similar benefits is less than 10%. It is too good for many people to believe this is true. That is their business, not ours.

Spiritual fulfillment, which means fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the spirit, is not just attaining Nirvana or returning to God. Attaining Nirvana or returning to God is the most noble and most supreme of spiritual fulfillment any being can ever attain.

We do not aim at attaining Nirvana or returning to God in our courses, not even in the most advanced ones. One main reason is that I myself have not done that – at least not in this life. I teach attainments which I myself have achieved.

Another main reason is that our students who attend the courses are not ready for attaining Nirvana or returning to God. They can have a glimpse of Nirbana or God, called a satori or spiritual awakening, and return to our phenomenal world.

A third main reason is that it is not a philosophy of our school to help students attain Nirvana or return to God. Our philosophy is to enable students to enrich their own lives and the lives of other people. Those who wish to attain Nirvana or return to God will have to seek elsewhere.

Our spiritual fulfillment covers all stages except this final stage. For convenience we may classify all stages of spiritual fulfillment into three main levels:

  1. To be peaceful and happy in our daily life.
  2. To attain peak performance joyfully.
  3. To expand into the Cosmos.

The coming UK Summer Camp will provide opportunities to experiences all these stages of spiritual fulfillment.

The questions and answers are reproduced from the thread 10 Questions on the Essence of Spiritual Cultivation in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.