If you're interested in seeing the famous Shaolin Monks and southern California is an easier trip for you than Henan Province, you might be in luck. The monks will be traveling to LA as part of the Shaolin Cultural Festival that is scheduled for October 8-15, 2013.
Shaolin Temple is home to the tradition of Kung Fu as well as Buddhist traditions that are today known as Zen, originating in China but popularized in Japan. I encourage all visitors to China to make a trip to Shaolin if they are interested in Buddhism in China, martial arts, or both. But this cultural festival in the US is sure to bring understating about the Shaolin masters' traditions to the US - or at the very least, put on a spectacular show.
- Shaolin Culture Festival Website
- Visiting Shaolin Temple in China
- History of Shaolin Temple in China
- More Reading about Shaolin Monks
Photo: Shaolin monks performing at the Shaolin Temple, Henan Province. © 2013 Sara Naumann