“Battle For the Soul of Kung Fu”

“Isn’t kung fu essentially about violence, I ask him (Dejian, a Buddhist monk), and doesn’t that conflict with the principles of Buddhism?  No, in essence kung fu is is about converting energy to force, he explains.  Absent an adversary, the practice is a series of movements.  The practitioner’s own physical and mental weaknesses become his adversary.  In effect, he goes to war with himself and emerges better than he was before.  ‘In this way,’ says Deijan, ‘kung fu is nurturing.'”

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