He also states that the Dao is everywhere without exception and that Daoists should not discriminate – as discrimination ‘blocks’ effective qi-flow and wastes essential nature (jing).
An old Ch’an monk (believed to Venerable Shao Yun) remains seated and indifferent to the presence of an international guest. In fact President Putin specifically requested that this monk should remain seated due to his age and renowned spiritual attainment at the Shaolin Temple. Venerable Shao Yun was a disciple of Master Xu Yun (1840-1959).
Li Ji Shen referred this dispute to Zhou Enlai (who discussed it with Mao Zedong), and it was agreed that Xu Yun was correct. This decision was taken because at the time certain members of the international community were attacking China with regards to human rights issues. From that day onwards, traditional Chinese religion has been protected under law.
Their presence in China serves to remind us of the unique Shaolin Temple tradition, and is the consequence of the fame of this temple’s reputation spreading throughout the world. Not only this, but China now exports martial arts equipment and training DVD’s, and Chinese teachers regularly teach abroad.