Buddhist martial arts master scouting site

By GARY SOULSMAN, The News Journal, Sept 27, 2006

Abbott from Shaolin Temple considering temple in Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware (USA) -- One of China's leading masters of Buddhism and martial arts, Abbot Shi De Li of the Shaolin Temple, is visiting Delaware to see whether it's possible to build an American offshoot of the temple in the mid-Atlantic region.

<< Martial arts master Abbott Shi De Li of the Shaolin Temple in China will teach classes in Newark and Wilmington. Courtesy of Kevin Sun

Master Kevin Zhenkang Sun is hosting the abbot at his Wilmington home until Oct. 4 when Li flies to Europe. Sun is a fourth-generation practitioner of tai chi and has created a new martial arts form that's a blend of tai chi and kung fu.

"I'm trying to persuade the abbot how good Delaware is for the Shaolin Temple," said Sun, who teaches students at the University of Delaware and other venus.

Sun says he's toured the Atlantic City area and wants to scour the Wilmington area, scouting for locations. John Rago, communications director in the Wilmington mayor's office, says the economic development office will talk to the abbot.

Shaolin Temple has more than 70 resident monks and is located in the Henan Province. Shaolin is one of the few disciplines to combine Chan Buddhism, the Chinese form of Zen meditation, and kung fu.

It's a blend that's at least 1,500 years old and is popular in the United States, with hundreds of American pilgrims traveling to the temple each year. They often arrive showing how poorly they've been trained, Li said.

That's one reason he would like to see a temple established here. In recent years, other monks who've trained at the temple have moved to the United States and begun to teach American students. Li's efforts would create an official branch of the Chinese temple.

This blend of Buddhism and martial arts was popularized in the '70s TV show "Kung Fu." The show followed a Shaolin monk, played by David Carradine.

Li, who has been training for more than 30 years, is an authority on meditation, breathing and kung fu. He is one of three abbots at Shaolin.

During his stay, he is leading classes in kung fu Wednesday and Thursday from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m at Sun's second-floor martial arts studio, 181 E. Main St., Newark.

And on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. he will teach a class in qi gong, a practice of movement and breathing, at the Lorelton, 2200 W. Fourth St., Wilmington.

People who attend are asked to make a donation to the temple. For information call 373-2918.

We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Omniscient Robotic-Being for Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv. Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/norbuchatbot. Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv