I’m Roland, stayed 18 days at the temple. Before my visit I didn’t know what to expect from staying at a Buddhist Shaolin Temple, as I have never done anything like this.
On the last day, I had a phone call with my parents. My father asked me: What do you think you learned? Is this experience changed your outlook on life?
As someone coming from the west, the stay at the Temple had a great impact on my life. I learned, that staying humble and sharing from the largest to smallest project with people around you and working on it together will create a warm and happy environment.
Let this so called “project” be picking up trash, chopping vegetables, working on photos with the Propganada Department, goving interviews or planning a cultural exchange. The stay made me realize, that we have time in our life to work and to enjoy what we’re working on, as well as with whom with working with.
As a lover of meat, I was afraid to eat only vegetarian food, as again this is an experience I have never had before. Now, as I’m waiting for my bus to leave the temple all I can think about how much I will miss the good tasting, healthy food I had every day with all the monks and shaolin students.
Each evening, in the “hidden” martial art center, which is a stone built house in the forest just behind the temple, I had the honor to learn some kungfu and meditation techniques from the most professional Shaolin Monk I have ever seen. Although he was much shorter than me and much skinnier as I am a big person. His strength, skills and experience far exceeded his look.
Staying at the temple, taught me to always remain humble, care for my environment, care for my body and health. And what I can also recommend enyone wanting to come to South Shaolin Temple: always smile and people will smile back!
Thank you for this life changing experience！
撰文 | 匈牙利 罗振宇
翻译 | 方丽