A Chinese father in Guangdong Province has been filmed putting his one-year-old son through “training” to be sent off to the Shaolin Monastery – but is it just child cruelty?
Training at Shaolin temple
Training schedule in shaolin temple varies from lineage to lineage, and has also varied from era to era. However, the main streamline of daily training is well defined. Since the ancient times to the date, daily life of the monks at Shaolin temple have included to study and practice Chan Buddhism, to study and practice kung fu, and doing the temple affairs, like cleaning the temple, working at the farms, guarding the area, etc. The typical daily training schedule is:
5:00 am: rising from bed,
5:15-5:30: breath control practice,
5:35-6:30: morning kung fu practice: warm-up and basics.
6:40-7:40: morning Buddhist lessons,
7:45-8:30: morning meal,
9:00-11:30: doing temple affairs, like working at farms, chopping wood, commercial affairs; elder and kid monks attend Buddhist classes.
12:40-14:00: noon rest time,
14:00-17:00: afternoon kung fu practice: martial exercises and learning combat methods.
17:10-18:40: evening (Buddhism) lessons,
21:00-23:00: 1 hour of night kung fu practice: reviewing and every kind of exercise.
23:10: going to bed.