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    1st Shaolin Summit & SANA

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    少林寺方丈来!

    Abbot Shi Yong Xin will be in Los Angeles, CA the weekend of Friday May 20th 2011.

    The Los Angeles Shaolin Temple Cultural Center is hosting a banquet in his honor.

    If anyone is interested in tickets let me know or contact the STCC.


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    The Shaolin Summit

    SANA stands for the non-profit Shaolin Association of North America. This event is supported by the Tiger Claw Foundation.

    First Shaolin Summit Celebrates 1,500-Year-Old Birthplace of Eastern Martial Arts, Chan (Zen) Buddhism (April 27, 2011)

    LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A first-of-its-kind event focusing on China's renowned ancient Shaolin Temple and its 1,500-year-old influence on traditional and popular cultures will be the center of a major summit to be held on Saturday, May 21st at the Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall) from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. The first "Shaolin Summit" will celebrate the compelling appeal of Shaolin, the originating source of a substantial portion of Asian martial arts practiced today and birthplace of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. An estimated 200 million people worldwide practice martial arts derived from Shaolin. The event will also feature a rare appearance by Shi Yong Xin, the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple of China. The event is being produced by the non-profit Shaolin Association of North America in association with the Shaolin Temple of China.

    Peter Shiao, President of the Shaolin Association of North America and CEO of Orb Media Group, one of the day's sponsors, said the event is expected to draw thousands of followers and enthusiasts of the Shaolin Temple, united in supporting its basic philosophy of bringing compassion and health into the world that empower people through non-sectarian practices.

    "We are reaching out to the millions of members of the worldwide Shaolin family in Western territories across the globe. We invite people to be part of Shaolin – our goal is to share greater first-hand understanding and appreciation of the disciplines, practices and ethos of Shaolin in a way that has never been done on a large scale, and to bring together a community that can participate in a myriad of future programs aimed to empower and enlighten our community members," Shiao stated.

    Events during the day will include powerful Shaolin Martial Arts/kung fu demonstrations with secret techniques and training tips revealed by authentic Shaolin Warrior Monks; a dialog with the Shaolin Temple's Abbot Shi Yong Xin, along with a preview of his autobiography; and panel discussions on the power of meditation and martial arts, Shaolin's cultural heritage and its influence on popular culture today.

    Tickets are $20 per person through May 14th, after which the price will be $25 per person online or at the door. Groups of 10 or more will have a fixed price of $20 per person. A limited number of seats are available, so tickets should be ordered by visiting www.shaolinunited.com or calling 310-358-3136.

    In addition to Orb Media Group, event sponsors to date include East West Bank, Kung Fu Magazine and United Studios of Self Defense. For further tax-deductible sponsorship information by corporations, organizations and individuals, contact Robert Wu at 310-358-3187 or Robert@orbmediagroup.com. A similar event is being planned for New York on May 23rd in association with the Asia Society (www.asiasociety.org).

    About the Shaolin Temple

    The Shaolin Temple of China has persevered through 1,500 years of evolution, affected by invasions, wars and revolutions, dynasties and more. Shaolin became the most famous Buddhist temple in China and grew into a center of philosophy, history, mathematics, martial arts and poetry. Today, Shaolin's powerful influence in these areas is still felt. The Temple is located in the Songshan region of China and has also continued its unbroken cultural and philanthropic initiatives, including work with orphans and other charitable endeavors, large scale performances and demonstrations, preservation and teaching of its core practices in martial arts, health/healing and the arts, and many international cultural and educational initiatives.

    Shaolin's reach extends to many areas of global popular culture, having influenced a large body of films and television programs (such as Shaolin Temple, that gave rise to the career of Jet Li, The Last Airbender and Shaolin Soccer, among others), games and lifestyle though kung-fu, fighting choreography, storylines and philosophy. Orb Media Group, as one example, has several entertainment initiatives in development based on Shaolin principles as part of its mission to generate transformative content across multiple media platforms worldwide.

    Shaolin Association of North America was formed earlier this year to provide greater access to the institution by students, supporters and enthusiasts, and is composed of key Shaolin affiliated organizations in North America. In addition to the annual Summit, the non-profit entity will provide a touring Speaker Series featuring Shaolin Masters, wellness retreats at the Shaolin Temple, and various educational initiatives aimed at youth and at-risk communities in America.

    CONTACT: Craig Parsons for the Shaolin Summit
    310.472.7632 or 310.200.4310
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    SANA stands for the non-profit Shaolin Association of North America. This event is supported by the Tiger Claw Foundation.
    Looks interesting, I wonder how many will attend and if it will be a purely "kempo" type audience or attract a more diverse group of adherents.

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    It's open to everyone

    I have already heard from some non-Kempo Shaolin aficionados who plan to attend. We'll have more to come on this shortly.

    BTW, you do realize that this is Judgment Day according for FamilyRadio.com? I've been seeing billboards and posters for this for several months now. What better place to spend the apocalypse than surrounded by Shaolin warrior monks?
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    Yes, dying together by the wrath of the Christian god, as Buddhists will be an amazing thing! lol
    Kung Fu is good for you.

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    Friday, Saturday AND Sunday

    Posted on our calendar.
    05-22-2011
    A Day with Kung Fu Masters - Pacific Asia Museum
    Panel Discussion and Kung Fu Demonstration - Sunday, May 22nd at 2pm Pacific Asia Museum /46 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 If you are a martial arts enthusiast, you should not miss this opportunity to meet Grand Masters Hao Quan Jiang, Jason Tsou, Jay Cheng, Marvin Quon, Yan Xu Shi to talk about Xing Yi Quan, Tai Chi, Wudang Song Xi, Pa Kua and Shaolin Kung Fu, and appreciate their demonstrations. (English Lecture) Call 323.365.3800 or 714.914.6150 to RSVP, Ticket: $15(pre-sale),$20(door) Advance purchase recommended!
    For more information, contact: Joy of Kung Fu
    Phone: (626)780-6080
    Event Address: 46 N. Los Robles Ave.
    Pasadena, CA, 91101 USA
    Online: JoyofKungfu@gmail.com - JoyofKungfu.info
    My understanding is that this was arranged prior to the Abbot's trip and the Abbot will not be attending as he will be headed to NYC and then DC immediately after Saturday.

    Here's more info from the press release:
    Topic: Xing Yi Quan
    Mr. Hao Quan Jiang (95 years old)
    Style: Xing Yi, Pa Kua, Shuai Jiao, San Shou, Chinese Kickboxing

    Topic: This is Tai Chi World
    Mr. Jason Tsou
    Sect: Northern Style Chinese Martial Arts
    Style: Taiji, Xingyi, Pa Kua, Baji, Pigua, Long Fist, Praying Mantis
    and Shuai Jiao
    Student of Masters Liu Yun-Chiao, Chang Dong-Sheng, Yang
    Bao-Zen, Chang Yi-Cheng ,Su Yu-Chang and Adam Hsu

    Topic: Wudang Songxi Taiji 13-form
    Mr. Jay Cheng
    Sect & Style: Wudang Songxi Taiji
    Student of Master Yu Ming-Sheng, China

    Topic: Pa Kua
    Mr. Marvin Quon
    Style: Pa Kua
    Student of Master Hao Quan Jiang

    Topic: Shaolin Kung Fu
    Mr. Yan Xu Shi
    Sect & Style: Shaolin

    Special Guest Wang Zhi Hai from Cang Zhou Wushu Association, China
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    Enter to win VIP passes to the 1st Shaolin Summit

    This is a very special offering for our biweekly sweepstakes. Two lucky winners will receive prize packages for the 1st Shaolin Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 21, 2011. The VIP prize package includes 2 1st Shaolin Summit tickets, 1 autographed book, 1 commemorative shirt & 2 VIP dinner tickets (note that the VIP dinner is invitation only - not open to the public). Enter to win here. Contest ends 6:00 p.m. PST on 05/18/2011. Good luck everyone!
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    The autographed book

    I haven't confirmed this yet, but I believe the autographed book will be the new English translation of Shaolin Zai Wo Xin Zhong (Shaolin Temple in My Heart) by Abbot Shi Yongxin.
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    Here's another announcement for Friday's Dinner

    Unfortunately, the file they sent was a huge pdf and didn't convert down very well to meet our 100 mb max for attachments here. I've cut and pasted the info below.
    SHAOLIN TEMPLE CULTURAL CENTER
    HOSTING GALA EVENT HONORING
    THE VENERABLE ABBOT
    SHI YONG XIN

    • A one-time engagement of spectacular kung fu performances by world-renowned Shaolin warrior monks and disciples.
    • An exquisite 8 course vegetarian dinner prepared by Chi Dynasty.
    • 4:30 – 6:00 pm Festivities commence at Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in
    Temple City 9143 La Rosa Dr. Temple City, CA 91780 (323) 639-3372
    • 7:00 – 10:00 pm Welcoming dinner banquet and special performance at:
    Shaolin Temple Cultural Center©
    WWW.SHAOLINUS.COM WWW.SHAOLIN.ORG.CN© WWW.CHIDYNASTY.COM

    Luminaria’s Restaurant
    3500 Ramona Blvd.
    Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Date: Friday , May 20, 2011
    VIP TICKETS $ 100 REGULAR ADMISSION $ 50
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    BTW, you do realize that this is Judgment Day according for FamilyRadio.com? I've been seeing billboards and posters for this for several months now. What better place to spend the apocalypse than surrounded by Shaolin warrior monks?
    It is only Judgment Day which will begin the rapture. The end of the world (Forrest Gump voice; "Again" ) won't happen until the 21st of October. So you better plan another gathering!

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    The Shaolin Summit is bookended by two events from the Abbot's disciples

    This is the one mentioned previously
    Welcoming of the Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin to Los Angeles
    host posted on April 28, 2011 23:47
    Shaolin Temple Cultural Center
    Cordially invites you to join us in
    the Welcoming of the Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin to Los Angeles

    恭迎少林寺方丈釋永信大和尚蒞臨洛杉磯

    Time: Friday May 20th 2011
    時間: 2011年5月20日週五

    Please note that the event originally scheduled on May 1st was canceled due to the Abbot's visit.
    敬請注意:原定於5月1日舉行的活動因方丈的到訪而取消。

    Programs: /活動內容:

    4:30pm- 6:00pm The gathering with the venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin, Shaolin disciples and patrons
    少林寺方丈釋永信與洛杉磯弟子見面會
    Shaolin Temple Cultural Center
    9143 La Rosa Dr., Temple City CA 91780

    7:00pm-9:00pm Welcoming Dinner Banquet/歡迎晚宴
    Dinner + speech + Demo / 餐會+演 講+表演
    LUMINARIAS
    3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park CA 91754
    VIP / $100 / $50 ( 20% off Shaolin Students)

    For more information, please contact
    Shaolin Temple Cultural Center
    626.246.2784
    626.535.3971
    626.292.1355
    www.shaolinus.com
    Here is one by Shi Yanfan's group on Sunday. For more on Shi Yanfan, see our thread on him.
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    The 1st Shaolin Summit panel

    This is from the Shaolin United facebook page:

    Jonathan Blank is the moderator for the 1st Shaolin Summit. He is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and creative technologist. He has spent over 25 years studying high-level martial arts, meditation, Eastern philosophy and esoteric metaphysical practices with many remarkable teachers. Be sure to get your tickets at www.shaolinunited.com and visit Jonathan Blank's website at www.jonathanblank.com

    He has written the books Secrets of Dragon Gate (Penguin) which is about Dragon Gate Taoism, and Still as a Mountain, Powerful as Thunder (Shambhala) which is about Buddhist chi gung and meditation. Jonathan has a BA and an MFA from Columbia University.

    ***

    Featured panelist for The 1st Shaolin Summit at the LA Convention Center: Matthew Polly

    Matthew Polly is the author of American Shaolin which recounts his experiences of living in China and studying with monks at the Shaolin Temple. He has written for numerous high profile publications. Matthew has a BA from Princeton University, and a Master’s from Oxford University.

    You can find more information about Matthew Polly at www.mattpolly.com

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    Featured panelist for 1st Shaolin Summit at LA Convention Center: Dr. David Rapkin

    David A. Rapkin, Ph.D., is a clinical and health psychologist based in Los Angeles. He is the founding director of the Mind-Body Medicine Group in the UCLA Department of Surgery, Head and Neck Division. David received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.

    David A. Rapkin approaches psychotherapy and health psychology from a humanistic-existential-phenomenological perspective, his clinical work integrates Buddhist psychology and philosophy with aspects of the psychoanalytic-psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral traditions.

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    Featured panelist for 1st Shaolin Summit at LA Convention Center: Lucia Rijker

    Lucia Rijker is a world champion kick boxer and boxer who amassed a record of 54 wins and 0 losses with 39 knockouts before becoming the first female inducted into the international World Boxing Hall of Fame.

    She is also an actress whose work can be seen in films such as Million Dollar Baby, Rollerball, and the documentary Lucia Rijker: A Boxer, a Buddhist about her experiences in using her Buddhist practice to deal with the challenges of life and career - and the realization that victory is not just to be attained in the ring. She was born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland and now lives Los Angeles.

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    Featured panelist for 1st Shaolin Summit at LA Convention Center May 21, 2011: Gene Ching, Associate Publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine and www.KungFuMagazine.com

    Gene Ching is the Associate Publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine and www.KungFuMagazine.com, the largest English-language magazine and website exclusively devoted to Chinese martial arts. He has authored hundreds of articles and videos on the martial arts and is a lifelong martial artist. He took his Shaolin layman disciple vows under Shi Decheng in 1996 inside the Shaolin Temple and has the Shaolin name Xinglong. Last year, Gene published his first book, Shaolin Trips, which documents over a decade and a half of research on Shaolin.
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    would have been very cool to attend this...wish i would have been given a little more notice than the email i received today

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    It's coming together very quickly, Krist

    The Abbot rolls that way.

    Honestly, sometimes I think keeping up with the abbot's U.S. trips is another Shaolin test, a chamber to pass, before getting to #36.

    Kung Fu Masters

    Shaolin Summit comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 21
    Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:02 PM PDT

    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES –The teachings and history of Shaolin, and its influence on pop culture, will be the focus of the Shaolin Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 21.

    Shaolin Warriors will demonstrate martial arts; the Shaolin Temple’s abbot, Shi Yongxin will participate in a conversation about the history of Shaolin; and panel discussions on meditation, kung fu and influence on pop culture will occur during the day from 1-5:30 p.m.

    The 1,500-year-old Buddhist monastery in China has been burnt down and rebuilt throughout its history, but its kung fu teachings have been passed on by its monks, practiced through the ages and filtered into popular culture through films like The Shaolin Temple series with Jet Li and even through music like rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.

    Peter Shiao, president of the Shaolin Association of North America, is expecting the event to be at capacity with 1,300 people. And he hopes people will not only watch the summit’s performances, but also understand the philosophy behind the monks’ movements.

    “Shaolin is not about shaving your head, or doing a series of acrobatic moves,” said Shiao. “Beneath that veneer lies mindfulness, and a practice of being connected to the moments in life that center us.”

    Tickets are $20 through May 14 and $25 after that date. They can be purchased at shaolinunited.com or (310) 358-3136. The Los Angeles Convention Center is at 1201 S. Figueroa St.
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