The Ten Shaolin Laws

The Ten Shaolin Laws are non-religious, and transcend all cultures and races, i.e. people of any culture and race would agree that they promote values that are worthy and desirable. Laws, in the Shaolin tradition, are not meant to be punitive or restrictive, but as practical means to help followers achieve set aims and objectives; in this case to help them attain the best possible results in practising Shaolin Kungfu for combat efficiency, joyful living, mind expansion, and spiritual fulfilment.

There is no legal binding on the Ten Shaolin Laws; one cannot be prosecuted in a law court if he breaks these laws. The binding is moral. But they are not forced upon the follower; the follower accepts them because he chooses to, because he believes they are helpful to him in his physical, emotional, mental and spiritual cultivation. If he breaks the laws, despite sufficient warnings, he may be asked to leave the Shaolin training, not as a punishment, but because the training is not suitable for him.

The student is required...

  • to respect the master, honour the Moral Way and love fellow disciples as brothers and sisters,
  • to train the Shaolin arts diligently, and as a pre-requisite, to be physically and mentally healthy,
  • to be filial to parents, be respectful to the elderly, and protective of the young,
  • to uphold righteousness, and to be both wise and courageous in.

The student is forbidden...

  • to be ungrateful and unscrupulous, ignoring the Laws of man and heaven,
  • to rape, molest, do evil, steal, rob, abduct or cheat,
  • to associate with wicked people; forbidden to do any sorts of wickedness,
  • to abuse power, be it official or physical; forbidden to oppress the good and bully the kind.

The student is obliged...

  • to be humane, compassionate and spread love, and to realize everlasting peace and
  • to be chivalrous and generous, to nurture talents and pass on the Shaolin arts to deserving disciples.