Vesak Day 卫塞节 is a Buddhist holiday commemorating the birth of the historical Shakyamuni Siddhartha Gautama Buddha 释迦牟尼佛. As there are diverse Buddhist cultures around the world, Vesak Day is celebrated on different days by different traditions. In Singapore, Chinese Buddhists celebrates the Vesak Day on the 15th day of the 4th month on the Chinese Lunar Calendar (Nong Li 农历). Vesak day in Chinese Mandarin is read as Wei Sai Jie 卫塞节 or Fo Dan Jie 佛诞节.
On Vesak day, Singaporean Chinese Buddhists 华族佛教徒 and Shenism 民间信仰 believers will visit Buddhist Temples to honor Buddha and attend sermons led by Buddhist Venerables 方丈. They also perform rituals such as the bathing of the Buddha statue; A symbolic act to commemorate the deities who made offerings to the Buddha at the time of his birth. Many will also make donations to charity organizations and to free animals like fishes and birds.
Buddhism 佛教 is a religious system of beliefs and practices based on principles of compassion and non-attachment, originated over 2600 years ago in Modern Day Nepal. Buddhism is the oldest foreign religion of the Chinese Culture, brought to China by Buddhist monks through the ancient "Silk Road 丝绸之路" during the latter part of the Han Dynasty 汉朝, all the way from modern day India and Central Asia. Since the Han Dynasty 汉朝, Buddhism has interacted with all levels of Chinese culture such as literature, philosophy, morality, arts, architecture and religions. As a result, Buddhism practices has successfully evolved and integrated into the traditional Chinese culture. Today, Chinese Mahayana Buddhism 大乗佛教 is one of the biggest religion in the world, the teachings and practice of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism is said to be merged with Chinese Philosophies, Taoism 道教 and Shenism 民间信仰 over the centuries.
Today is 29th May 2018, which is the 15th day of the 4th month on Nong Li 农历, Vesak Day ! May you and your families be blessed with Peace, Harmony And Prosperity !
今天是农历四月十五, 佛诞节... 祝大家佛诞节快乐 ! 祈愿世界和平, 风调雨顺, 社会祥和, 人民安乐...
Yong Chun Quan (In Mandarin) or Wing Chun Kuen (In Cantonese) is one of the youngest style of Traditional Chinese Martial Art and it have been constantly refined and adapted over its 300 - 400 years of existence. There are more than 50 known lineages of Yong Chun Quan in China and around the world today, most lineages used the Chinese Characters 咏春拳 for Yong Chun Quan while older lineages prefer to use the Chinese Characters 永春拳, both have the same pronunciation in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Each Yong Chun Quan lineage has its combat and weaponry specialties, each lineage also has differences in set-routines or "Tao Lu 套路". Most lineages have 3 set-routines while some have up to 12 set-routines, but all lineages is known to practice the "Small Thoughts or Xiao Nian Tou 小念头" set-routine.
Founded during China’s Qing Dynasty (1644AD - 1912AD), Yong Chun Quan is considered to be one of the three most popular Southern Kung Fu styles, along with Hung Gar Kuen 洪家拳 and Bai He Quan 白鹤拳(White Crane Fist).
Yong Chun Quan differed greatly from other Southern Kung Fu Styles in term of structure, movements and means of generating force, aiming to eliminate unnecessary movements during defence and generating force for attacking in the most efficient way. It is said that Yong Chun Quan trains the awareness of one's own body movement derived from muscular, tendon, and articular sources. Performing Yong Chun forms on the Wooden Dummy also greatly improve proprioception.
Yong Chun Quan is noted for using a relatively high, narrow stance with the elbows kept close to the body know as the "Goat-Gripping Stance or Er Zi Qian Yang Ma 二字鉗羊马". Within the stance, arms are generally positioned across the vitals of the body's centreline with the hands in a vertical position to readily block and parry attacks or strike the opponent.
There are many different claims to the origins of Yong Chun Quan. The Ye Wen Yong Chun 叶问咏春 (Ipman Wing Chun) lineage from Hong Kong claimed a Buddhist Nun, Wu Mei 五枚 developed a martial art style suitable to be used by females then imparted this martial art style to a female martial artist named Yan Yong Chun 严咏春, and it was how Yong Chun Quan got its name.
The China government listed National Intangible Cultural Heritage, Shun De Yong Chun 顺德永春 and other older lineages of Yong Chun have a totally different claim to its origins. According these older lineages, Yong Chun Quan was created by the Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Monk, Zhi San Chan Shi 至善禅师. It is said that in the Qing Dynasty 清朝, Zhi San Chan Shi 至善禅师 escaped with few other disciples to Guangdong 广东 from a Fujian Southern Shaolin Temple 福建南少林, as the temple was attacked and burned down by Qing Dynasty Soldiers for involvement in Anti-Qing activities 反清. In Guangdong, Zhi San Chan Shi 至善禅师 found work as a chef in a Chinese Opera Boat, on the boat he developed a unique martial art style suitable for using in the confined space of a boat and he imparted this martial art style to the opera troupe members. Zhi San Chan Shi 至善禅师 named this martial art style, Yong Chun Quan 永春拳 to commemorate the Yong Chun Hall 永春殿 of the Fujian Southern Shaolin Temple he used to reside in. Overtime some practitioners of Yong Chun Quan 永春拳 renamed the martial art style’s Chinese Characters to "咏春拳" to avoid detention from the Qing Government as many of its practitioners were involved in Anti-Qing activities.
Below is a Chinese documentary with English sub-titles about Yong Chun Quan or Wing Chun Kuen. Commentaries from Wing Chun Master, Lee Hang Cheong 李恒昌.
每年5月的第二个星期日为母亲节 (Mother's Day) 。母亲节是一个为感謝母亲而慶祝的節日，而在世界各地的母亲節的日期有所不同。母亲们在这一天裡通常会收到孩子們送的礼物；而在许多人心目中，康乃馨花被视作最适于献给母亲的鲜花，而在中国大陆的母亲花是萱草花，又叫忘忧草。现代意义上的母亲节起源于美国。1914年，美国参众两议院将每年5月第2个星期日定为母亲节。不过这个母亲节并不具有世界性，很多欧洲国家仍有自己的母亲节，比如法国1928年才首次庆祝母亲节，而且是定在五月的最后一个星期日，葡萄牙的母亲节也不在5月份第2个礼拜。中国大陆母亲节更是如此。
明天就是母亲节了, 祝母亲们节日快乐 !
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An Exciting & Fun Night of Friendly Boxing and Muay Thai Sparring Matches for Combat Sport Enthusiasts of different gyms in Singapore to test their techniques and improve their game, "FFF Friendly Fight Fridays, 27th April 2018" organized and hosted by The Ring Boxing Community (Video Footage By Our Club Members). Stay tuned to our website for more Videos of Combat Sport and Martial Art events in Singapore.
For anyone interested in Chinese Martial Arts 中华武术 or Chan Buddhism 禅宗 visiting China's Songshan Shaolin Temple 嵩山少林寺 is a must. Visitors can go to Shaolin Temple to learn Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫, meditate in the ancient surroundings or to learn Chinese History, and by all means, off the beaten path.
Shaolin Temple is located in the foothills of the Songshan 嵩山 mountain range, just 15minutes outside the town of Dengfeng 登封, which is about 2 hours away from Zhengzhou 郑州, the provincial capital of Henan 河南. Many public tour buses run from Zhengzhou 郑州, Dengfeng 登封 and the nearby city of Luoyang 洛阳 to the Shaolin Temple daily. Alternatively, for visitors staying in Zhengzhou 郑州, Dengfeng 登封 and Luoyang 洛阳, they can arrange a day tour from their hotel.
Most visitors use Zhengzhou 郑州, Dengfeng 登封 or Luoyang 洛阳 as a base for making the day trip to Shaolin Temple. Day tours to the Shaolin Temple can be arranged from most 3-5 stars hotels in this 3 places and this is certainly the most relaxed way to go as the hotels can arrange for a car and a English speaking guide.
Shaolin Temple was established in 495AD by Emperor Xiao Wen Di 孝文帝 in Northern Wei Dynasty 北魏 for the purpose of housing the famous Indian monk, Batuo 跋陀, who came to the ancient capital of Luoyang 古都洛阳 to spread Buddhism. Emperor Xiao Wen Di was a dedicated believer of Buddhism so he ordered the construction of Shaolin Temple at the foot of the Songshan Mountains and appointed Batuo 跋陀 as its first abbot 方丈. Batuo was said to have translated countless Buddhist texts and had several hundred followers when he was the abbot of Shaolin Temple.
“Shao 少" refers to the Shaoshi Mountain 少室山, one of the two mountains in Songshan Mountain Range. “Lin 林" means “forest”. “Shaolin Temple 嵩山少林寺" literally means a temple in the forest of Shaoshi Mountain in Songshan Mountain Range. Now Shaolin Temple is reputed as the "Number One Temple under Heaven 天下第一名刹" and it was listed as UNESCO’s World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010 as part of the “Historic Monuments of Dengfeng.” Shaolin temple was also said to to be the birthplace of Chinese Chan Buddhism 禅宗 and the Shaolin Martial Arts 少林功夫.
Chan Buddhism 禅宗 is known to have originated at Shaolin Temple, and its spiritual founder was an the Indian high Bodhidharma 达摩. Chan Buddhism 禅宗 is characterized by a rejection of much of the protocol associated with other sects of Buddhism and is oriented around the practice of meditation. In Chan Buddhism 禅宗, the "Temple" is everywhere, and one can pray anywhere, meditate in any position, and it emphasizes the idea of personal awakening and understanding.
Today Shaolin Temple is rated as a 5-star government appointed attraction in China, it is well-organized in terms of its clear layout and signs, clean toilets and environment, and easy transportation. Basically a Shaolin Temple trip will take around 3 hours covering three major sites including watching Shaolin Kung Fu Show for half an hour, one hour visit to Shaolin Temple itself and half hour visit to the Pagoda Forest.
* The linear travel route is about 2-3km which takes much walking. There is also shuttle bus Service at 10RMB for one way trip within the compound.
* Admission Fee to Shaolin Temple is 100RMB and the Opening Hours is 0800Hrs to 1700Hrs all year round.
* Please spend the whole day there from 0800hrs so that you have plenty of time to wander around the temple complex and even take a stroll in the mountains or up the hill to Bodhidharma’s cave 达摩洞.
The Qing Ming Festival 清明节 is a traditional Chinese festival which fall during the 3rd Month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (This Month) and it last about 21 days. Other common translations for Qing Ming Festival include Chinese Memorial Day and Ancestors' Day. To the Chinese, Qing Ming Festival is an important day for showing respect to ancestors and this festival was said to have appeared during China's Zhou Dynasty 周朝, which was about 2500 years ago. The celebration of Qing Ming Festival is closely linked to the traditional value of filial piety, during Qing Ming Festival Chinese families will gather to worship their ancestors in Ancestral Halls 祠堂 or Clan Houses 会馆. Families will also visit the tombs/tablets of their elders to give offerings and do up-keeping. Please watch the below Video with English Subtitle to know more about the Qing Ming Festival and why we the Chinese celebrate it...
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