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    Songshan Shaolin Temple Day

    We've covered Songshan Shaolin Temple Day since its inception in 2004. Songshan Shaolin Temple Day was officially declared by California State Assembly's Speaker pro Tempore, Dr. Leland Yee, on March 21st, 2004. For the whole story, see my article Shaolin Temple in San Francisco Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin, California’s “Songshan Shaolin Temple Day,” UNESCO and a Buddhist Music Concert in our July/August 2004 Shaolin Special.

    This year, the Abbot is returning to California for Songshan Shaolin Temple Day. We've discussed this a little on some other threads (I dropped by the new Shaolin Temple USA school & Shaolin Shows near SF) but now it deserves its own thread. Songshan Shaolin Temple Day is now being supported by the Friends of Shaolin, a special committee of the Tiger Claw Foundation.

    I'll be reporting on the progress of this project here as it happens. I hope to see some of you in Union Square on the 21st and at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on the 22nd.

    Here's the official website flyer.
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    Press Conference Tomorrow

    Pass this along to any S.F. Press people you might know...
    Contact:
    Adam J. Keigwin,
    (916) 651-4008
    (916) 256-5758

    PRESS CONFERENCE

    Senator Yee to Announce Historic Visit of the Abbott of Shaolin

    World famous martial artists from Songshan Shaolin Temple, China to perform in California

    Who:
    Senator Leland Yee
    Shi Yanran, Director
    Shi Yansong
    Shi Yanyong
    Shi Yanxing
    Shi Yanlei
    Shi Yanjia

    When:
    Friday, March 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Where:
    Senator Yee’s District Office
    455 Golden Gate, Suite 14200
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    What:
    On March 18th, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will welcome to California the highest figure in Chinese Zen Buddhism, the Abbott of Shaolin, along with a delegation of monks from the Shaolin Temple in Songshan, China. The historic visit will be only the third time in which the Abbott has come to California.

    Tomorrow, Senator Yee will discuss the upcoming visit and announce several events and performances of the Shaolin.

    The Shaolin Temple, renown for its 1500-year-old martial arts and Buddhist scholars, is the birth place of Zen Buddhism. The monks of Shaolin have won fame and prestige for creating Shaolin Kung Fu, the most well known Chinese martial arts. These teachings are taught throughout the world, with several schools and teaching centers located in California.

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    Adam J. Keigwin | Chief of Staff
    Office of Senator Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D.,
    Assistant President pro Tem
    California State Senate | District 8
    (916) 651-4008 | www.senate.ca.gov/yee
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    you going to post up links to the pictures and photo's from the day when it is over?
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    Genes too busy rocking the gang and scarfing down bags of cheetos while beating it to nacho ninjettes and laughing at the ridiculous posts on the kfforum. In a horse stance of course.

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    Of course!

    I'll be covering it as much as I can for both KungFuMagazine.com and Kung Fu Tai Chi. It's a historic event for Shaolin and you know I'm on top of that.

    I'll be blogging developments here on this thread. The schedule is in constant flux, so stay tuned....
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    are you going to be twittering it as it happens?
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    Genes too busy rocking the gang and scarfing down bags of cheetos while beating it to nacho ninjettes and laughing at the ridiculous posts on the kfforum. In a horse stance of course.

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    Southern California Events

    你好!

    Abbot Shi Yong Xin will also be traveling to the Los Angeles Shaolin Temple Cultural Center. http://www.shaolinus.org

    March 24th and 25th There will be seminars and demos as well as Buddha Hall Inauguration and Taking Refuge Ceremony.

    The Los Angeles Shaolin Temple Cultural Center was established in 2007 and is currently located at 9143 La Rosa, Temple City, CA

    Also, Master Shi Yan Xu will be holding workshops at the Disneyland Martial Arts Festival on Saturday March 28th. The workshops will cover Zhang Hu Xin Yi Men and Da Hong Quan as well as real world combat applications.

    http://www.tournament.info/da-seminar.htm

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    Check out our e-zine

    Just posted: Shaolin Adventures in Disneyland by Greg Lynch Jr.
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    Shaolin in California

    Are they planning on making a temple in Cali? i would definately go there too bad i didn't go to Disney land that would be funny to see trained deadly warriors with mickey mouse and other characters XD!

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    2010 Shaolin Temple Day Celebration - March 21, 2010

    Shaolin Temple USA is holding observances at their S.F. and Fremont locations. See their website.

    2010 Shaolin Temple Day
    Celebration
    March 21, 2010 • Sunday

    • Your are cordially invited •
    Please join us at our
    Shaolin Temple Culture Centers
    San Francisco • Fremont, CA

    Program:
    (both centers)
    • Shaolion Kung Fu Performance
    by Shaolin Temple USA Kung Fu Monks
    Presenting:
    Shaolin Temple USA School Team & Students
    • Video show of recent events
    • Shaolin Day Special Offer:
    New students: enroll on Mar 21 and
    Enjoy a 15% tuition discount!
    • Free trial lessons
    • Refreshments

    San Francisco
    5509 Geary Blvd. (at 19th Ave.)
    • Celebration: 10:30 am - 1 pm
    Plus 1st anniversary celebration of
    San Francisco Culture Center
    • Open House
    Free trial lessons: 1 - 3 pm

    Fremont, CA
    4343 Peralta Blvd. (at Dusterberry)
    • Open House
    Free trial lessons: 12 noon - 2 pm
    • Celebration: 2:30 - 5:00 pm
    • Photo Exhibit from
    China Songshan Shaolin Temple
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    2011 Shaolin Temple Day Celebration

    It's this weekend, but a small affair this year - just a veg picnic at Lake Elizabeth, which is right down the street from our office, and a school competition.
    2011 Shaolin Temple Day Celebration

    Sunday March 20, 2011 • Lake Elizabeth / Central Park, Fremont CA
    • 11 am: Vegetarian Picnic
    • 1 pm: Shaolin Temple USA Students Kung Fu Competition
    In case of rain, the celebration will be held at Shaolin Temple USA Culture Center in Fremont, 4343 Peralta Blvd.
    You will be notified in time.

    Please sign up for the picnic and competition ASAP

    — There will be no classes at our San Francisco and Fremont culture centers today —
    The annual Shaolin Temple Day (March 21, 2011) is just around the corner. Shaolin Temple USA will celebrate this year's special day on Sunday, March 20 at the beautiful Lake Elizabeth in Central Park of Fremont CA. We are getting together to celebrate Shaolin way of life, such as healthy, vegetarian diet, Shaolin Kung Fu for physical and spirit wellness, and harmony with nature and among ourselves.

    We will also hold our first student competition on the traditional Shaolin fist, weapons and wellness forms that our students have learned at Shaolin Temple USA. We encourage all our students to participate. It's a great way to sharpen up your skills preparing for a good performance at the competition. Students who are planning to compete in the upcoming UC Berkeley and Kung Fu Magazine tournaments, this will be your rehearsal before the big tournaments.

    Vegetarian Picnic: 11 am

    The picnic at 11 am will be a light vegetarian lunch. You have the option of paying a small fee ($5/adult, $3/age 7 or under) for your lunch, or bringing a vegetarian dish or two to share. You may like to consider bringing the following:

    Salad
    Fruits
    Main Dish
    Starch (Rice, Noodle, Bread, etc)
    Drinks
    Desserts

    Be creative. As veggie dishes go, any tofu, bean, seaweed, avocado, nuts and even some exotic exotic dishes such as couscous, quinoa are fine.

    Please note that according to the Buddhist Sutra, e.g., Shurangama Sutra (leng yan jing), the Five Pungent Herbs 5–¡ (onions in any color, e.g., green, red, and white, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives) should be spared from the Buddhist vegetarian dishes. Not only are they pungent, but also create anger and arousal. They are disrespectful for offerings. Eggs should be avoided as well.

    For more information on vegetarianism, visit:
    http://drba.org/dharma/btts/9xxEntryDetail.asp?wid=33
    http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O108-diet.html
    http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/history/staff/d-keown.php

    For vegetarian recipes, go to:
    http://drba.org/dharma/veggie/default.asp

    For further information on Shurangama Sutra (leng yan jing), go to:
    http://www.drbachinese.org/online_re..._Dharma.b3.htm

    Shaolin Temple USA Students Kung Fu Competition: 1:00 pm

    Competition Events—

    Fist Forms:
    Lianhuan Fist, Tongbi Fist, 5 Animals Fist, Xiaohong Fist

    Weapons:
    Yinshou Staff, Plum Blossom Broadsword, Damo Sword

    Wellness:
    Baduanjin, Yijinjing (1st 3 sections), Xisuijing (1st 3 sections), Xinyi Fist

    Age Groups:
    1. Children (12 years and under)
    2. Youths and Adults (all other ages)

    Prizes:
    First 3 places of each event, plus—
    - Fist Grand Champion
    - Weapons Grand Champion
    - Wellness Grand Champion

    Sign up: now through 3/19/2011. Your are encouraged to sign up ASAP.

    You are required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement with Shaolin Temple USA prior to the competition.

    Competitors please wear your traditional Shaolin uniform for your events.

    For more information, please call 415-666-9966 or 510-818-9966.
    Email: ShaolinUSA@yahoo.com.cn

    Lake Elizabeth in Cental Park, Fremont CA
    40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA
    Nearest major street: Stevenson Blvd. (Interstate 880S exit)
    Lake Elizabeth/Central Park official website
    Map & directions to Lake Elizabeth/Central Park
    Picnic Area: Lions 1 (star #9, outlined in green on map of Central Park)

    Origin of Shaolin Temple Day in the United States

    On March 21, 2004, a China Songshan Shaolin Temple Delegation led by the Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin was honored by the California State Assembly with the proclamation of “China Songshan Shaolin Temple Day.” A full scale Shaolin Kung Fu Performance by the world famous Shaolin warrior monks followed at Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Legislative Resolution leading to this historic event was authored by California Senator Dr. Leland Yee (then Speaker pro Tempore of the California Assembly), an avid supporter of Chinese culture.

    On March 21, 2009, China Songshan Shaolin Temple Day was again celebrated in San Francisco, followed by another breathtaking Shaolin Kung Fu Performance at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on March 22, 2009, and a visit to the State Capitol five years after the 2004 proclamation of Shaolin Temple Day. The 6-day event was attended by thousands of local residents, honored guests and friends from around the world.

    A large scale celebration is planned for the 10th Anniversity of Shaolin Temple Day in 2014 at multiple locations throughout the United States.
    Gene Ching
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    Shaolin Temple Day (California)

    Since 2004, California legislated that March 21st of every year

    the Shaolin temple day.

    in celebration of the chan wu culture heritage.

    my brother invited me to some activity

    I was too tired to go.

    But every body had some fun.

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    the one close to me

    is in live oak park, temple city

    Sunday 1:30 PM.


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    Somewhat irrelevant

    I reported on Josh Pane in my article Songshan Shaolin Temple Day 2009: The Northern Temples in the 2009 July/August issue.
    New yoga studio has Capitol connections
    By Malcolm Maclachlan | 09/09/10 12:00 AM PST

    Josh Pane spends his days trying to improve the business climate for clients like the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. But he also has a new business interest of his own: a yoga studio, hatched on a legislative trip that included a visit to a Shaolin temple, and housed in a New Deal-era building renovated with a public grant.

    Yoga Shala opened on July 6 in the old YWCA building on 17th Street. Blocks from the Capitol, the studio has already drawn in several legislative staffers.

    Pane's partner is yoga instructor Tyler Langdale.Langdale was also one of the instructors who travelled to Washington D.C. with his now former employers, Zuda Yoga in Midtown, to teach yoga classes on the White House lawn as part of the annual Easter Egg Roll last year. The enthusiasm that Michelle Obama and other members of the First Family have for yoga has certainly contributed to its growing mainstream appeal.

    Pane said he knows lots of people around the Capitol who do it, including Republicans like Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, and former Assemblyman Guy Houston. He started practicing a decade ago, and said the practice transcends mere exercise and helps him unwind from his daily political battles.

    “Yoga seeks to purify the body, and then one can purify one’s mind,” Pane said. “It is a wonderful moving meditation.”

    His association with Langdale, 27 — a former All-American college swimmer at Principia College in Illinois, and later a swim coach — started four years ago, when he became one of the clients of Langdale’s massage therapy business. When Langdale started teaching at Zuda, Pane came over to the new studio.

    “He’s been a big supporter of mine forever,” Langdale said. “He took my second yoga class ever, and he was the only student.”

    Early last year, Pane decided he wanted to take teacher-training classes.

    “He wanted to go to the source for training,” Langdale said. “I was like, India? I’ll go to India!”

    About that same time, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, brought a group of Shaolin monks from China. Pane arranged for them to do a martial arts and acrobatics show at the Masonic Temple, which also houses the offices of Pane & Pane, the lobbying firm he started with his wife, Donna Pane, in 1993.

    Yee was planning a legislative trip to China at the time. Pane suggested to Langdale that they tag along, then head to India afterwards. While Langdale has been specializing in teaching a style of power yoga known as Vinyasa flow, for months the pair studied a related but more traditional Ashtanga style.

    This culminated in a month-long adventure in November, which included 12 days in China and another 16 in India. One of the nights was spent in a Shaolin Temple, high in the sacred Shao Shan Mountains.

    “It was freezing cold,” Langdale said. “No one spoke English. It was so much fun looking back on it. The next day we got the private tour from the abbot himself.”

    They later headed off to several spots in India, including the famed Mysore Mandala Yoga Shala, in the ancient city of Mysore, near the equator. They studied with a yogi there, who, in sweltering conditions, put “these two big American guys” in positions so awkward that Pane said “you could barely do anything.” Then he had them concentrate on their breathing for long periods. Concentrating on breathing in and out of your nose for 90 minutes, Pane said, really helps in learning balance.

    It was while sitting on a beach in Goa that the pair started to talk more seriously about Langdale opening his own studio. But it was several months before things really got going and they decided on the YWCA space.

    “When we came back, he put a little money together, I put a little money together, and started searching,” Pane said. “We were very fortunate to get that space after we looked at 20 spaces.”

    The midtown YWCA building was built in 1934. It was recently renovated with a $2.8 million grant from the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. It reopened in late June. Yoga Shala is the only business they are renting to, Langdale said. The classes are taught in a large open room with an exposed beam wooden ceiling.

    “It’s been an absolutely beautiful place to open up,” Langdale said. “It provides that sense of simplicity.”

    This back-to-basics ethic can also be seen in the name Yoga Shala, which essentially just means “yoga school.” The teacher line-up includes some other ex-Zuda instructors, including Rachel Miller, who is also a recognized local artist.

    The studio seems to be catching on with at least a few Capitol staffers. Stephanie Hineline, scheduler for Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, was part of a group of staffers who had been meeting for the last couple of years after another studio on the K St. Mall was closed by an eminent domain dispute. For a while, she said, they were doing yoga in Capitol Park.
    “It was hard,” she said. “You had to balance on the grass.”

    For her, the proximity and lunchtime classes make a huge difference. Because she’s a parent and lives out in Elk Grove, she said, evening classes weren’t really a possibility. Another student is Ryan Ojakian, also in Simitian’s office. They noted that while there were at least three Republicans in the group of 10 or more Capitol staffers who go to Yoga Shala, so far he’s the only guy. With the legislative session now at an end, he’s planning on being there a lot more.

    “The last month has been brutal,” he said of the long hours that come with the bill deadline.

    Erica Martinez, a consultant with the office of Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, agrees. A runner, she said that the last few months she found herself “problem solving” in her head while she hit the pavement.

    She had never done yoga before a few months ago. But she said that yoga allows her to clear her mind in a way that running doesn’t.

    “It sounds corny, but I feel like I can find kindness and solace there,” Martinez said. She added, “It is more frustrating in the last two to three years than it has been in the past. The budget situation is so horrible. The dynamics in the Legislature can be challenging. It’s very stressful to be in the building.”

    These days, Pane and Langdale still meet once a week for a private yoga class together. They also talk regularly about possibilities for the business. One idea they’ve been working on is going to a donation-based system, where students pay what they can and what they think is fair.

    But in the meantime, they’re mainly hoping that their passion catches on with others around the Capitol.

    “I’ve joked with Tyler that we have to do a ‘yoga for lobbyists’ class,” Pane said. He added, “I think it helps in dealing with the pressure cooker amazingly.”
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