We would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the tale and works of a good friend named Shan Li (山力).
Shan Li was born in Leipzig in 1981. At the age of seven he went to study music at the Johann Sebastian Bach School of Music in Leipzig where he studied for ten years. In 1998 Shan Li went to the Shaolin monastery in Henan province in China, where he became an apprentice of Shi Yanlu, who made him a grand-disciple of Shi Yongxin, the venerable abbot of the Shaolin monastery, and he was given the religious name Shi Hengjin.
Some years later he became the Buddhist disciple of Dharma master Shi Yongliao, who is the monk in charge of the Shaolin Chan hall, and was initiated in to the Dharma, and was also taught by Shi Yanlin, another senior monk at the Shaolin monastery.
Shan Li was then introduced by his master of traditional southern style Shaolin boxing Jiang Junbo to Shi Yongqun, a man extremely advanced in the practice of the Dharma and its healing methods, who then gave him further initiations. He was subsequently initiated by the Xiaga Living Buddha and by Dawa Jiangzuo, the abbot of the Tangxia monastery in Tibet.
Shan Li has been in Shaolin since 1998. Mainly leading a secluded life, he practices Chan and Wu till this day. In the year 2007 his first book – The Discovery (发现) was published by the world famous Shaolin monastery, followed by the publication of The Prohibitionist (highly recommended) and his first German book – Das Geschenk (The Gift) in 2008.
We would encourage anybody with an interest in Buddhism, or literature with more than a dash or two of Chan, to read Shan Li’s works, details of which, extracts and how to order them, can be found here.