Preface by Sifu Leonard Lackinger
The Shaolin martial arts and also Qi Gong enable practitioners to develop a lot of force and a powerful mind. That’s why it’s even more important to us to cultivate high moral values and mutual respect to prevent this power from being abused.
Our grandmaster, Wong Kiew Kit, has formulated the “10 Shaolin Laws” to put together the often unspoken moral code of Chinese martial arts.
Although most people would regard following these rules natural, they serve as a moral compass stimulating us to cultivate harmony, to be the best we can be and become an upright Scholar-Warrior.
Preface by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
The Ten Shaolin Laws are non-religious, and transcend all cultures and races, i.e. people of any culture and race would agree that they promote values that are worthy and desirable. Laws, in the Shaolin tradition, are not meant to be punitive or restrictive, but as practical means to help followers achieve set aims and objectives; in this case to help them attain the best possible results in practicing Shaolin Kungfu for combat efficiency, joyful living, mind expansion, and spiritual fulfilment.
There is no legal binding on the Ten Shaolin Laws; one cannot be prosecuted in a law court if he breaks these laws. The binding is moral. But they are not forced upon the follower; the follower accepts them because he chooses to, because he believes they are helpful to him in his physical, emotional, mental and spiritual cultivation. If he breaks the laws, despite sufficient warnings, he may be asked to leave the Shaolin training, not as a punishment, but because the training is not suitable for him.
The Ten Shaolin Laws
- Required to respect the master, honour the Moral Way and love fellow disciples as brothers and sisters.
- Required to train the Shaolin arts diligently, and as a pre-requisite, to be physically and mentally healthy.
- Required to be filial to parents, be respectful to the elderly, and protective of the young.
- Required to uphold righteousness, and to be both wise and courageous.
- Forbidden to be ungrateful and unscrupulous, ignoring the Laws of man and heaven.
- Forbidden to rape, molest, do evil, steal, rob, abduct or cheat.
- Forbidden to associate with wicked people; forbidden to do any sorts of wickedness.
- Forbidden to abuse power, be it official or physical; forbidden to oppress the good and bully the kind.
- Obliged to be humane, compassionate and spread love, and to realize everlasting peace and happiness for all people.
- Obliged to be chivalrous and generous, to nurture talents and pass on the Shaolin arts to deserving disciples.
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