Zen (Chan)

What is Zen?

Zen is the highest form of Shaolin Arts and leads to enlightenment.

"You need not wait to live your life fully in the future; you live your life fully now. This is Zen, an essential aspect of our Shaolin training. For example, when you eat your breakfast every morning, you are fully aware of your eating your breakfast and enjoying it. You don't have to enjoy your breakfast the next day. If you have something important to do, you do it now and enjoy doing it; you don't say you will do it tomorrow. This is living our Shaolin arts. "

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

The lesson

Awakening is sudden and direct: one is plunged into the origin of all things, one recognizes cosmic reality, and the origins and basic principles are suddenly clear and in front of your eyes.

Duality disappears.

This condition is also called wu in Chinese or satori in Japanese. With this awakening, one steps outside the cycle of the suffering of man. This is the explicit goal of Buddha’s teachings as transmitted by the founder Gautama Buddha.

Everything is considered transient (called in pali annica) and therefore not real, everything just an illusion. When one is released from this illusion by way of awakening, attachment to the so-called real world is set aside with this self-discovered realization. Possession of no attachments is the same thing as stepping outside the cycle of rebirth, because you enter oneness, universality, dao, heaven, nirvana.

The path

In the words of Gautama Buddha (Buddha is a name for an enlightened person), the path of Buddhist teachings can be completely described with the following:

Avoid all evil,
do good,
purify your mind.

The first two lines represent the moral foundation which also exist in other teachings. "Purify your mind" refers to the practical component of the teachings: Meditation.

So the initial teachings of Gautama Buddha were always connected to meditation.

Following this path is recommended to every student at Shaolin Wahnam, in that he or she accepts the "10 Shaolin Laws" with membership, and follows and practices these.


In Zazen, as with most meditation, one sits in the lotus or half lotus position, meaning with both legs or one leg crossed. The spine is relaxed and straight, breathing flows naturally. The mind (thinking) stops.

At Shaolin Wahnam Institutes, standing meditation is practiced in every kung fu and chi kung class.

Guided meditation is also offered, please see the course program.