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  1. 1. Zen Buddhism & Kung Fu By: Hunter, Mica, Micah, Josh, Austin
  2. 2. Origins  Zen Buddhism- was founded in China during 650 B.C. comes from the Japanese word Dhyana meaning “meditation”  Kung Fu- founded in China in 446 B.C.  According to legend it came from two books which the Monks studied greedily and practiced
  3. 3. Why  Zen Buddhism was created as a form of meditation  They used forms of punishment to calm themselves and show that they could remain calm even while taking a beating  Kung Fu was created to strengthen and improve the health of the monks  The Shoalin Monks were the first Kung Fu fighters  Kung Fu was created as a type of fighting meditation
  4. 4. Interesting facts  A Kung Fu training room is called a “Dojo”  Kung Fu was originally spelled Gong Fu  It was easier to be a male monk then female (the women did not have enough strength)  Some monks practiced homosexuality
  5. 5. Practices  Although they have professional practice they also have spiritual practice  In Zen, practice refers to the doing but also the result  Wearing charms, be vegetarian, special prayers at times for your Gods  Working to develop skills such as compassion, friendship, discipline, and meditative states the goal of which is to build a strong sangha (a Buddhist community) and to achieve enlightenment in yourself and others
  6. 6. Guidelines  Ethical and moral principles are governed by examining whether a certain action, whether connected to body or speech is likely to be harmful to one's self or to others  Therefore they withhold from those actions
  7. 7. “Rules”  1) To undertake the training to avoid taking the life of beings. This precept applies to all living beings not just humans. All beings have a right to their lives and that right should be respected.  2) To undertake the training to avoid taking things not given. This precept goes further than mere stealing. One should avoid taking anything unless one can be sure that is intended that it is for you.  3) To undertake the training to avoid sensual misconduct. This precept is often mistranslated or misinterpreted as relating only to sexual misconduct but it covers any overindulgence in any sensual pleasure such as gluttony as well as misconduct of a sexual nature.
  8. 8. Rules…  4) To undertake the training to refrain from false speech. As well as avoiding lying and deceiving, this precept covers slander as well as speech which is not beneficial to the welfare of others.  5) To undertake the training to abstain from substances which cause intoxication and heedlessness. This precept is in a special category as it does not infer any intrinsic evil in, say, alcohol itself but indulgence in such a substance could be the cause of breaking the other four precepts.  These are the basic precepts expected as a day to day training of any lay Buddhist. On special holy days, many Buddhists, especially those following the Theravada tradition, would observe three additional precepts with a strengthening of the third precept to be observing strict celibacy. The additional precepts are:  6) To abstain from taking food at inappropriate times. This would mean following the tradition of Theravadin monks and not eating from noon one day until sunrise the next.  7) To abstain from dancing, singing, music and entertainments as well as refraining from the use of perfumes, ornaments and other items used to adorn or beautify the person. Again, this and the next rule.  8) To undertake the training to abstain from using high or luxurious beds are rules regularly adopted by members of the Sangha and are followed by the layperson on special occasions.