Shaolin Luohan Temple
Shaolin Luohan Temple, established by Master Shi Guo Song (the 34th generation of Shaolin Disciples of Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mountain, Henan Province, China) since 2007, is an non-profit charity organization in Toronto, Canada. It commits to helping the poor, the weak, and the sick, and cultivating martial arts talents. It promotes the culture of Shaolin martial arts. With the spirit of Shaolin “Chan” and martial arts, and the method of combining movement and static, it cultivates the healthy growth of youth, morality, intelligence, and mindfulness, and promotes the "Child Meditation" to help children inspire wisdom.
2007年釋果松師父 (中國嵩山少林寺第34代弟子),於加拿大多倫多成立“少林羅漢堂”非牟利慈善機構，致力幫助貧困弱小,幫助病患人士，培育武術人才。宣揚少林武術文化, 以少林禪武精神, 以這種動靜結合的方法培育青少年德智身心的健康成長,及推廣“兒童靜坐”幫助孩子啟發智慧。
Shifu Shi Guo Song
Shifu Shi Guo Song began learning martial arts at the age of six and was accepted into the Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mountain of Dengfeng in the Henan Province of China at the age of thirteen. Under Master Shi Yong Ding, he practiced Shaolin Kung Fu, while also studying Buddhism under Master Shi Sheng Ci.
For more than 30 years, Master Shi Guo Song has devoted himself to practising martial arts and “Chan” meditation. His achievement has been recognized and valued by many famous masters in Shaolin Temple. He acquired the essence of Shaolin Kungfu and has mastered many different martial arts styles, including Shaolin boxing and weaponry, such as Shaolin Di Tang Mei Hua Quan(少林地躺梅花拳), Luo Han Quan (羅漢拳), Xin Yi Quan (心意拳), Qimei Gun (齊眉棍), Mantis (螳螂拳), Eagle (鷹爪拳), Long Quan Jian (龍泉劍), Yi Jin Jing (易筋經). He has been invited to visit over twenty foreign countries for cultural and training exchange.
In 2007, Master Shi Guo Song came to Canada to establish the first Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute in Toronto, Canada. He has then been teaching Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Meditation to strengthen and revitalize ones’ body, as well as promoting the thousand-year culture of Shaolin.
Shaolin Kung Fu
There is a popular saying among Chinese folks that "the world of martial arts comes from Shaolin".
Shaolin monks practice martial arts only to strengthen the body and for self-defense, and cultivate the mind and morality. Shaolin Kungfu movements and routines (Taolu) emphasizes specifically on the combination of movements and static, the balance between Yin and Yang, the complement of strength and softness, and combination of spirit and form. This is also the essence of the “Chan” Buddhism and is the uniqueness of Shaolin Kungfu.
Practicing Shaolin Kungfu could help children enhance body flexibility, coordination, balance, strength, and speed. Because it is the movement and exercise of the limbs, it can promote bone development, help blood circulation and increase metabolism and immunity, and help develop children's self-confidence, patience, concentration, strong will, and quick response.
少林僧人練習武功只為強身自衛,修心養性, 少林功夫動作和套路講究動靜結合,陰陽平衡,剛柔相濟,神形合一, 這也是佛教禪宗思想的精華所在,是少林功夫與眾不同的獨特之處.
少年兒童對少林功夫練習, 可以增強身體柔靭性、協調性、平衡能力、增強力量、速度, 因是四肢的運動, 故能促進骨骼發育, 幫助血氣循環而增加新陳代謝, 免疫能力; 及有助培養少年兒童自信, 耐心, 精神集中,意志堅強, 反應敏捷。
中青年對少林功夫練習, 可以激發身體潛能, 提高人體能量, 增加身體靈敏性及柔軟性, 強健體魄, 心靈專注, 以武修心, 喜樂自在。
Qi : A natural energy or force that fills the universe.
The key to “Qi Gong State” is to practice through special repetitive movements, paired with intentional abdominal breathing to achieve the goal of “inner body ordering and meditative state”. Qi Gong, could drive the inner body energy “Qi” through the body to enhance blood circulation, which could enable cells to be naturally repaired and increase metabolism.
“Qi Gong Ba Duan Jin” is part of the famous Shaolin’s “Yi Jin Jing”. It is a system of coordination between movement and breathing. Although Ba Duan Jin compose of only eight movements, it uses movement to enter stillness, stillness to drive movement, regulates breath and nourishes Qi. It helps to improve the habitual bad posture of urbanites resulting from stress, relax the nerves system, stretch the limbs, exercise the internal organs, and enhance blood circulation. It is a kind of kinetic work for meditation.
氣功態, 主要就是籍著特殊的重複動作, 配合呼吸, 來達到「有序化」的目的。帶動氣機推動血流, 使細胞可以得到自然的修復, 增加新陳代謝。
氣功八段錦是少林易筋經的一部份, 是將運動與呼吸相互配合, 八段錦雖則祇是八個動作, 以動入靜, 靜中帶動, 調息養氣, 改善都市人生活緊張習慣性的不良姿勢, 鬆馳神經, 伸展肢體, 運動內臟, 幫助血氣循環, 是靜心的一種動功。
Shaolin Luohan Temple
351 Ferrier Street, Unit 3
Markham, Ontario L3R 5Z2
Shifu Shi Guo Song
"Shaolin teaches us how to lead our lives; always at ease and ever-present. And how to lead our lives single-mindedly and unconfused through daily practice of training our body and quieting our mind."