SHAOLIN IS BASED ON THE ESOTERIC BUDDHIST (Chinese: mi-tsung 密宗) THEORY THAT PRESUPPOSES AN IDENTITY OR UNITY OF BODY-MIND. Shaolin training is the working out (Sanskrit: sadhana, Chinese: kung fu 功夫) of this theory through practice.
The history and mythology of the Shaolin tradition are discussed in the course of training.
The philosophy and psychology that inform our practice are also studied and applied.
Body-mind practice is the essence.
Attachment to empty theories and philosophical abstractions is counter-productive.
Learning about Shaolin is important insofar as it enables you to learn how to do Shaolin.
Participation is the basis of group training. Anyone who chooses to attend a Shaolin training session must attempt to do whatever the rest of us are doing.
Shaolin Inner-Work (nei-kung 內功) is the foundation of training. Inner work is based on the ancient Eurasian explanatory model that considers all voluntary activity as a "movement" from an invisible, intangible (mental) intent to a visible, tangible (bodily) event.
A subtle energy (Greek: pneuma, Sanskrit: prana, Chinese: ch'i 氣) mediates the "movement' from the intangible to the tangible.
Mere intellectual understanding of this threefold theoretical explanation is not enough.
A subtle, tactile sensation, the so-called "sign of energy" (Chinese: ch'i-hsiang 氣象). must be identified and experienced. The way to do so is detailed in the course of training. When this is accomplished, inner-work begins.