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Old 04-07-2007, 05:59 AM
Omi no Kami Omi no Kami is offline
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Are the modern Shaolin monasteries nothing but a clever tourist trap?

I know that prior to the 11th century the shaolin were well respected as a martial sect, and even up into the early 1900s they were doing dang well for themselves. The thing is, when we consider that a) all but six monks in the shaolin tradition purportedly dying or going into hiding during the cultural revolution b) The government's interest in restoring the temple seemed to reach critical mass with the success of Jet Li's The Shaolin Temple in 1982 c) The zeal with which the CCP enforces its monopoly on the shaolin "brand": is the tradition still, to a fair extent, intact? Or is it just a showcase of chan buddhism combined with flashy wushu that, while impressive, bears little in resemblance to the original tradition?
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