Tith Ngaw Pai Kung-Fu: Ancient painting: meditation


Enlightenment is the result of self-cultivation, this can be achieved by Meditation!

This is the Chinese ‘Siem-Buddhism’ (Chan, or ‘Zen’ in Japanese). Originated in India, Buddhism was introduced in China in the first century BC, but due to the major cultural differences, it didn’t really flourish.
But that changed when the holy ‘TA MO’ (Bodhidharma) arrived in China in 527 AD. He resided in the ‘Ho-Nahm Siu Lam Gee" (Henan Shaolin temple) in de ‘Song Shan’ mountains in the north of China. He was the one who got Buddhism to be accepted in the Chinese culture.

Da-Mo (Bodhidharma), patriarch of Siem-Buddhism (Zen)
Da-Mo (Bodhidharma), patriarch of Siem-Buddhism (Zen)

His method consists of meditation and he claimed each and every person is capable of becoming a Buddha when overcoming the obstacles in his or her head. By banning impure thoughts from our minds and by cultivating ourselves, true wisdom can be found and the Buddha state can be reached. To do so, it is vital to awaken. ‘Sitting in lotus position facing the wall’ is a daily routine to purge impure thoughts. As this position is rather uncomfortable and can cause cramps in the limbs, it is important to combine it with other body movements. In our school, we teach ‘San Kung’. This is the highest aspect of Kung Fu. Refining ‘Hay’ (energy) and its circulation to reach the higher state of ‘San’.

Ancient painting: meditation
Ancient painting about Meditation

What is ‘San’? This is very hard to translate or describe, but you could say it is the ‘mind’ or the ‘spirit’, the spiritual strength which, through its intensity, is well balanced and indestructible and thus invincible.
The presence or absence of San is reflected in the eyes. In Kung Fu it is said that ‘the eyes are the windows of the soul’, like a Chinese dragon painting only coming to life when, at the very end, the eyes are coloured.
We call these exercises ‘relaxation of the mind’ because we feel this description better emphasises the objective than the word ‘meditation’.
Another development is more religious in character and seeks enlightenment.

Part of these exercises is breathing techniques that give more vitality, more stamina in the endurance and perseverance while refining and increasing the quality of ‘Hay’ (energy).

In ‘relaxation of the mind’ we feed the mind to obtain mental wakefulness and a balanced equilibrium.

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