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Shaolin Temple was built in 495 AD by Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty for the Indian monk Batuo. 32 years later, another Indian monk named Bodhidharma arrived at the Shaolin temple. He was the first monk to preach the Chan doctrines here and thus was honored as the first Patriarch of Chinese Chan. Thereafter, the Shaolin Temple was recognized as the origin of Chan Buddhism.
      Throughout its history martial arts was known to have developed within the walls of the Shaolin Temple. A legend had it that Bodhidharma considered monks weak and unhealthy after long periods of time in their meditation practices. As a result he developed martial arts to strengthen them and came to form the basis of Shaolin Kung Fu. However the unique aspect of the Shaolin culture is the combination of Shaolin Kung Fu and Chan Buddhism.
      Situated at the Song Mountain which is also known as the, "Central Sacred Mountain", the temple was frequented by generals and emperors. Until its modern renaissance, the golden age of the monastery has been said to be during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). At the beginning of the seventh century, a tiny army of 13 Shaolin monks were reputed to have saved the future Tang Dynasty emperor, Li Shimin. When he took power, Li showered favors, land and wealth on the temple thus, enabling it to thrive as a Kung Fu center with masters from around the country.
      The Shaolin Temple peaked in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and began to decline in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). At its heyday, it housed more than 3,000 monks. The long history includes destructions and reconstructions, with the most devastating one in 1928 by warlord Shi Yousan, when a blaze raged for more than 40 days destroyed nearly all the temple’s classics and records. Upon successive renovation, most architectures of the Shaolin Temple have been restored or are currently under reconstruction.


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