Shi Yan's Open Road
Don't Make Excuses (0:18)
The Philosophy (0:47)
The Best Medicine is Happiness (0:56)
You Become Rusty (0:42)
You Can Reach Your Destination (0:53)
New York, NY
Public Television: Season 9
SHI YAN MING
USA Shaolin Temple
Buddha, Buddhism, challenge, discipline, excuses, exercise, happiness, helping others, illness, life, love, martial arts, medication, medicine, monk, peace, philosophy, respect, stress, wisdom
- When he was three years old, he nearly died of sickness; his penniless parents had to sell vital possessions just to pay for a doctor.
- After numerous unsuccessful medical treatments, he was brought to the nearby Shaolin temple, where he made a miraculous recovery.
- He credits Buddhism with saving his life, and believes happiness and balance are more powerful than medicine.
- At his self-run Shaolin temple, he teaches students to slow down, take a breath, and find themselves.
- His tactics for stress reduction have struck a chord with our fast-paced population-especially near his temple, located smack-dab in the middle of New York City.
- As a kung-fu master, he can deflect knives, sleep upside down whilst hanging from a tree branch, and lick red-hot iron shovels.
- But he insists that the most important quality of being a warrior monk isn't the physical stuff-it's about knowing how to cherish life.
- Says that we must know how to first "doctor ourselves" and practice self-care, and then we can find outside happiness.