A cultural exchange examining the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation will be led by Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin from the Shaolin Temple in China, and will include collaborative programs with members of the Stanford community. Topics will include the history, elements, and benefits of Shaolin arts and culture, effects of stress in modern life, the role of qi in wellness, meditation and the mind/body connection. The integration of Chan (Zen) wisdom and Shaolin Kung Fu, a moving meditation, will be demonstrated in a performance by visiting Shaolin Monks from China, as well as students (faculty/staff) from Stanford's own Shaolin Kung Fu class, offered through the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program.
* Learn about the history of the Shaolin Temple, the founding of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, and the development of Kung Fu, Shaolin medicine and the arts.
* See how Stanford is collaborating with the Shaolin Temple. Speakers include Dr. David Spiegel, Medical Director of the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine; and Tia Rich, PhD, Stanford Senior Specialist in Health Promotion.
* Explore the mind/body connection, stress reduction, the role of qi in wellness, and meditation.
* Participate in a discussion with the Abbot, Shaolin Monks, and Stanford speakers.
*Enjoy a Kung Fu demonstration from the Shaolin Monks, and Stanford's Shaolin Kung Fu class, offered through the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program.