We remember Michael Parks, who covered China for the Baltimore Sun and as the Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.
Shaolin Temple and the 21st Century
Shaolin Monks visit USC for a martial arts demonstration and a short presentation on the challenges of bringing the temple and its teachings to 21st century audiences.
Shaolin Temple occupies a unique place in Buddhist history. It is known as the place the Indian monk Bodhidharma developed Chan teachings (Zen in Japanese, Son in Korean) in the 6th century. At Shaolin, martial arts training was incorporated into meditative practice and many of its adherents became well-known for their martial arts prowess. This martial arts tradition helped to make the temple famous beyond Buddhist circles.
The event will include a short presentation by the Shaolin Abbot on the challenges of bringing the temple and its teachings to 21st century audiences. After the presentation and a question and answer session, there will be a martial arts demonstration.