Cultural trip to China 29/3 - 17/4 2018
On Tuesday, April 17, another very important cultural trip to China came to an end. A trip station for the right course and promotion of the culture of traditional Shaolin and Tai Chi in our country.
On Friday, March 30, Master Xi Xiang 法师 延 法师, a 34th generation Shaolin Temple monk, and four participants land at Beijing Capital Airport. In this year's trip, apart from his students, a new member of the Shaolin Temple Greece α μα family, the Teacher of the Shaolin Cultural Center of Paiania, Stamatia Tsamoutalidis α 延 延, followed.
During their stay in Beijing, participants visited the Great Wall 萬里長城, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attended the Beijing Opera 京剧, an important tradition of Chinese culture with a history of 200 years, entered the Forbidden City, the city - palace Emperors of China, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There was also a visit to a tea shop where they attended the traditional tea making ceremony and to a collection-production shop of pure silk products.
For the first time this year, after seven years, Master Xi Yang Xiang agrees to be followed in the intimate environment of the home of Master Wang Zhang Guo 战国 战国, his students and to be taught together the authentic knowledge of the beautiful Art of Chen Tai Chi.
A special and certainly unforgettable experience for all the participants, who also had the opportunity, on Saturday, April 7, to attend the traditional Chinese ceremony of Master Xi Yang Xiang, as the first Greek official student of Master Wang Zhang Guo and official representative of A Chi of Teacher Wang Jan Guo in Greece.
SHAOLIN TEMPLE - SONG SAN NATIONAL PARK
Last stop is the legendary Shaolin Temple and the surrounding area. Arriving at Shaolin Temple on April 8, the Abbot of the Temple, Xi Yong Xin 大师 大师, asks to see Master Xi Yang Xiang and the participants. In the meeting with the Abbot, the course of Shaolin culture in Greece and the difficulties encountered were discussed. He also asked about the time spent in the Temple, announcing to Master Xi Xiang that he should stay in the Temple with his monk brothers all the time following the monastic program in combination with the needs of his students.
During their stay in the Temple area, the participants, in addition to their teaching, had the opportunity to visit Bodhidharma Cave, San Huang Jai Monastery where they met the Abbot of Xi De Jien Monastery, the Lake of the Five Dragons and Luoyang 洛阳, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization and one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.
GU LUIN ACADEMY
On Sunday, April 15, a visit was made to the Gu Luin Kung Fu Academy so that students could get to know Master Wu Nan Fang.
At the meeting, Master drank tea with us and talked about how one should practice Gu Luin in order to reach the highest level of Xin Yi practice. He guided us to the new premises of the Academy where he is waiting for us on the next trip.
"Thank you all for your trust in this year's Cultural Journey to faraway China. I hope you had a good time to satisfy some of your wishes and to have beautiful experiences and performances that will remain engraved in your mind and in your heart. Until the next trip ... ''
-Si Yan Xiang 释 延 向 法师