(29 May '01)
In ancient times Bodhidharma went from India to China, and it is said that for many years he meditated at the Shaolin monastery. He devised a system of physical exercises which served both as a means to maintain the health as well as a system of self-defense. The martial art he developed was Tai Chi. In recent times this art has found wide acceptance all over the world as a means to maintain physical and mental well-being.
Now this art has been introduced to the ashram residents in Amritapuri. The Tai Chi camp started on the 30th and will go on for ten days. It is being taught not as a martial art but as an aid to meditation and a means to increase awareness.