河南鹿邑县组织学生创作反邪教漫画 (Translation & Research by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Dangerous (politicised) superstitions such as the Pro-Tibetan Movement, Falun Gong and Eastern lightning Cults are premised upon
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African students train in the famous Shaolin Temple in China.
Original Chinese Language Article: By Liu Lin (刘林) Photograph: By Peng Hua Ming (彭华明) Source: Beijing Entertainment News (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Yesterday, (8.4.08),
‘Meditation begins at 430am at the Shaolin Temple. This is the time that the practitioner must be sat cross legged in the meditation hall. If you want to wash your face or brush your teeth you must get up at an appropriate time before 430am. If you over-sleep, or are late for any other reason, then the monk in-charge of discipline will strike you with the xiangban (or ‘fragrant stick’). At 5am the cook-monk arranges for the meditators to be provided with salted, boiled water and ginger. The correct portion is placed in front of each meditator by the experienced workers whose duty it is to take care of the monks all day long. The ginger and boiled salted water warms the stomach and relieves pain (ginger is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect), together, this mixture calms the body and creates a comfortable physical condition that allows for concentration to be focused purely upon the empty essence of the mind itself.’