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    Shaolin Temple Zambia

    Feature: First Shaolin Temple opens in Zambia

    Source: XinhuaEditor: huaxia2021-12-23 22:12:30


    Photo taken on Dec. 22, 2021 shows a view of Shaolin Temple in Zambia, Lusaka, capital of Zambia. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
    by Elias Shilangwa
    LUSAKA, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- In an attempt to inculcate Chinese Kungfu and culture among the Zambian citizens, the first-ever Shaolin Temple has been opened in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.
    The establishment of the Shaolin Temple is a collaboration between China's Songshan Shaolin Temple and Hua'an (Zambia), a Chinese-run company in Zambia.
    Yan Lun, the headmaster of the temple, said the objectives of the project include teaching Shaolin Kungfu, Chinese culture, helping understand the African culture as well as enhancing the China-Africa friendship.
    "The influence of Chinese culture in the world is increasing. People abroad want to know more about Chinese culture and learn Chinese culture," he told Xinhua.
    Construction works of the temple started in April 2019 and were completed in July 2021. Four monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple in China are at the Temple to conduct the teachings.
    The headmaster, however, said activities at the temple have not yet commenced at full throttle due to the COVID-19 pandemic but expressed happiness at the interest shown by people who have been frequenting the temple.
    The project was targeting not only Chinese nationals in Zambia but nationalities from all countries, especially the local people.
    Other activities to be conducted at the temple include Shaolin medical education in which people will be taught the theories and methods of traditional Chinese medicine, Shaolin Kungfu exercises.
    Others include Zen education meant to help improve people's moral quality through meditation methods to help cultivate a culture of responsibility to the country, to be self-disciplined and be patriotic citizens.
    The temple also intends to help the vulnerable in society through various means. Currently, three orphaned children are being kept at the temple.
    Max, the only African monk at the temple whose Chinese name is Yan Ming, said it is important for African people to learn the cultures of other countries in order to blend into the global system.
    Max, who is from Cote d'Ivoire, said due to his interest in culture while at the university, he decided to go to China in 2015 in order to learn the Chinese culture.
    He said learning the Chinese culture has opened to him many things and that the time spent at the Shaolin Temple taught him the importance of self-discipline and respect for mankind.
    "We are here to impart to the Zambian people Chinese culture and we hope this will help to build China-Africa relations," he said. Enditem
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    Shaolin Zambia says Happy New Year!

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    Feature: First Shaolin Temple in Zambia holds ceremony to mark Chinese New Year
    Source: Xinhua| 2022-02-01 20:55:16|Editor: huaxia


    Local students perform martial arts during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

    by Elias Shilangwa

    LUSAKA, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival.

    The ceremony, held on Jan. 30, on the outskirts of Lusaka, the country's capital, attended by the Chinese community in Zambia and some local people, was characterized by a display of Chinese Kungfu by local students and their masters.

    The audience was later taken on a conducted tour of the facilities before taking part in a Buddhism ceremony. Fireworks, the burning of incense and the ringing of the bell characterized the event.

    Yan Tao, one of the masters, said the Spring Festival was an important period in the Chinese calendar as it signals the end of a year and the start of a new year.

    He said the Temple decided to hold the ceremony in keeping with the Chinese tradition and as a way to appreciate the previous year and the New Year.

    The Temple opened its doors to the public and started conducting its training in January, with an initial 15 local students.

    Apart from teaching them Chinese Kungfu, the students are also being taught the Chinese language, culture which includes how to prepare Chinese dishes.

    Victoria Nakazwe is a 22-year-old student who has decided to start learning Chinese martial arts at the Temple and is so far happy with what she is learning.

    Nakazwe, who has always dreamt of learning Kungfu after watching Chinese Kungfu actors in films, said she intends to use the knowledge acquired to open her own school and impart the knowledge to others.

    "I have always liked Kungfu since my childhood. Whenever I watched the movies and watched the Chinese actors, I always wanted to be like them," she said.

    She has since encouraged other young people, especially girls, to consider learning Kungfu, as it will not only help them to have self-defense but to be disciplined as well.

    She further said she is enjoying the teachings on how to prepare Chinese food.

    Justina Banda, 22, says she decided to join the training because she has always loved Chinese Kungfu.

    Banda, who has been undertaking Chinese training for the past year, said she decided to join the training at the Temple because she wanted to perfect her skills and become a trainer of her colleagues in the future.

    Construction works of the Temple started in April 2019 and were completed in July 2021. Four monks from the Shaolin Temple in China are at the Temple to conduct the teachings.

    Yan Lun, the headmaster of the Temple, said the objectives of the project include teaching Shaolin Kungfu, Chinese culture, helping understand the African culture as well as enhancing the China-Africa friendship. ■


    A local student performs martial arts during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)


    People ring a bell during a ceremony to mark the Chinese New Year at the Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan. 31, 2022. The first-ever Shaolin Temple in Zambia held a ceremony to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
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