What is Zen?

      The word "Zen" means meditation. Sometimes it may refer to a transcendental glimpse of cosmic reality, or even the transcendental reality itself. Zen is the highest form of the Shaolin Arts.

      At the mundane level, practicing Zen enables us to attain better results in whatever we do! This becomes understandable, when we realize that Zen training improves our mind. At the supramundane level, Zen leads us to the highest attainment we can ever achieve, i.e. enlightenment, or called differently by people of different cultural or religious background as merging into the Great Void, union with the Ultimate, or return to God.

      There are numerous ways and different approaches. If you wish to approach Zen casually, one way to add a touch of Zen to enrich your daily life is to be aware of whatever you are doing at the moment. When you are reading this line, be aware that you are reading this line, including its meaning and significance. Another way is to be simple direct and effective in whatever you say and do.

      "An experienced art teacher wants to teach his students drawing, or he wants to assess their attainment. He may ask, "Can you draw an elephant?" He is not interested in answers like "yes", "no", "I can't draw an elephant but I can draw a horse", or whatever the students may say. And it does not matter whether they draw elephants, horses or anything else. As soon as they start drawing, the teacher has initiated his teaching, and he can assess their performance."

      Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

      All schools of Zen today issued from the Shaolin Monastery and Shaolin Kungfu started as a result of Zen. Shaolin Kungfu and Zen, as well as Chi Kung, are intimately connected. At its elementary level, every kungfu movement involves energy control and mental awareness. At its advanced level, chi kung and Zen enable kungfu masters to develop incredible abilities.

      In the words of Gautama Buddha (Buddha is a name for an enlightened person), the path of Buddhist teachings can be completely described with the following:

      Avoid all evil,

      do good,

      purify your mind.

      The first two lines represent the moral foundation which also exist in other teachings. "Purify your mind" refers to the practical component of the teachings: Meditation.

      So the initial teachings of Gautama Buddha were always connected to meditation.

      Following this path is recommended to every student at Shaolin Wahnam, in that he or she accepts the "10 Shaolin Laws" with membership, and follows and practices these.