Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (right), receives a rare Shaolin text from Abbot Shi Yongxin on the Academy’s campus in 2006. The 1,500-year-old manuscript serves as the basis of a new online course on Shaolin philosophy and history.
United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich is attending the first annual Shaolin Summit on Saturday, May 21 in Los Angeles to present the English translation of a rare manuscript to His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin.
In addition, Dr. Rosandich is presenting a new online course, “Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu,” during the summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The course is being done in collaboration with the Shaolin Temple and with the Abbot’s blessing. It is derived from the key tenets of Shaolin philosophy shared in the ancient manuscript and will be offered soon to people across the globe.
The Shaolin Summit is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants to the daylong event that features, Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations and lessons from key masters, an interview with the Abbot, who is the spiritual leader of 400 million Chan Buddhists, a panel discussion of film and TV luminaries on the portrayal of the Shaolin in popular culture, and an announcement of the formation of the Shaolin Association of Americas, a non-profit organization created to provide better outreach to the West.
During his visit to the Academy in November 2006 to receive his honorary doctorate, His Holiness handed over a 1,500-year-old manuscript written in ancient Chinese that contained the Shaolin philosophy. The past three years, the Academy worked to translate its more than 800 pages from Ancient Chinese to Chinese and finally to English. Dr. Rosandich will give the Abbot a translated version of the book, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” which is now bound in a black leather cover with gold lettering.
By using the ancient Shaolin teachings found in the book, the Academy has developed an online course that includes an introduction to the key tenets of the Shaolin philosophy, the rich political and religious history of the Shaolin Temple, and the importance of balance between the mental, physical, and spiritual in a healthy mind and body.
“By unlocking this ancient Shaolin knowledge for people around the globe, we are exposing them to a time-tested and world respected philosophy,” Dr. Rosandich said. “It is my sincere hope that the manuscript and will advance the Shaolin Temple goal of promoting dialog and cultural exchange among people around the world, helping them to overcome their differences, find harmony and live healthy, balanced lives.”