Shaolin Temple Scrolls

Other Chinese or Japanese calligraphy issues that does not seem to fit any of the categories above.
Locked
Customer
Advanced Member
Posts: 104
Joined: Nov 3, 2007 9:23 pm

Shaolin Temple Scrolls

Post by Customer » Nov 5, 2007 9:31 am

I am interested in finding out if it is possible to get copies or replica's of shoilin temple scrolls or something or the like.

User avatar
Gary
The Boss
Posts: 6091
Joined: Oct 30, 2007 11:30 pm
Location: San Diego / Beijing

Post by Gary » Nov 5, 2007 9:33 am

There's not a certain known set of scrolls from the Shaolin Monastery, so we'd be guessing a bit. Plus, decor changes at every monastery from generation to generation. The real monks have long ago left for the hills, and the actual Shaolin Monastery has been taken over by the government and turned into a tourist trap of epic proportions. Not much from the original Shaolin monks is left.

If you know where to look, you can find real Buddhist monks practicing the art of Gong Fu / Wu Shu (you know it as Kung Fu). It's not where many tourists go. Life as a monk is simple, and yet hard. The simple parts include simple foodstuffs, no TV, usually no indoor plumbing, etc. The hard part includes: daily scripture study, exercises, upkeep of the monastery buildings, growing and tending to vegetables in the garden, washing clothes by hand, preparing your own meals, and more. It's not as exciting as movies depict, but it's real life.

At Chinese Buddhist monasteries, you might be more likely to find Buddhist scriptures or tenets on the walls (just a hint). I am trying to remember what I have seen at the Chinese monasteries, but I think I have seen the "8-fold path to enlightenment". At the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, they don't practice Gong Fu, and they tend to have a display in the temple of art painted directly on the walls with various Buddhist deities.

Here are some custom wall scroll ideas for you:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/shufa.php?q=shaolin

Also, here's about 130 martial-arts-related words, titles, and phrases:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/chinese- ... hy-art.php

Here are some Buddhist selections:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/buddhism.php

Cheers,
-Gary.

Locked