This weeks blog post is a simple quote from Sifu regarding the purpose of students practicing meditation in I Liq Chuan.
Our Introduction page states;
" I Liq Chuan® (literally translated as Mental-Physical Martial Art) is an art of cultivating consciousness based on Tai Chi and Ch'an (Zen) principles of non-assertion, non-resistance, harmony of yin and yang, oneness and the present moment."
Meditation and Ch'an (Zen) philosophy has been a fundamental part of the I Liq Chuan curriculum since it's earliest days of being taught publicly in the west at "The Temple class" at Chuang Yen monastary in Carmel, NY.
Zen philosophy is the foundation of I Liq Chuan's "formless" approach to training. After arriving in the United States, Grandmaster Chin spent many years working at Chuang Yen Monastery where he was exposed to, and deeply influenced by the teachings of the Buddhist monks there. He saw that what Chinese martial arts call "ting jin" (listening power) is nothing more than a limited form of the concentration taught in Zen meditation, at which point SIfu began to pursue mindfulness meditation deeply and incorporated it directly into his teaching.
In order to maintain a high level of quality of the upper student levels, students of I Liq Chuan will be required to attend a minimum number of 10 day meditation retreats. I'll be attending my first 10 day Vipassana retreat in September!
Drop me a comment in the Disqus section below and let me know if you've had any experiences with meditation retreats and how it affected your I Liq Chuan or other martial arts training.