An attempt has been made to instil Chinese Kungfu and culture in the minds of the residents of Zambia by constructing the world’s first Shaolin Temple in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
The First Shaolin Temple in Africa
The Shaolin Temple was established as a result of collaboration between the Songshan Shaolin Temple in China and Hua’an (Zambia), an entity controlled by Chinese nationals in Zambia.
Yan Lun, the temple’s headmaster, stated that the project’s objectives include teaching Shaolin Kungfu and Chinese culture, as well as assisting in the understanding of African culture, as well as strengthening the relationship between China and Africa.
“The influence of Chinese culture on the rest of the globe continues to grow.
People from all around the world are interested in learning more about Chinese culture and becoming more familiar with it.”
Construction on the temple began in April 2019 and was completed in July 2021.
The lectures are being conducted by four monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple in China, who are now in residence at the Temple.
While the headmaster acknowledged that the COVID-19 outbreak has prevented the temple from operating at full capacity, he expressed delight at the level of interest demonstrated by those who have been visiting the temple.
The Aim of the Shaolin Temple
The project was not only aimed at Chinese nationals in Zambia, but also at people from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on the local population.
Additionally, Shaolin medical education, in which people will be taught the ideas and procedures of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as Shaolin Kungfu exercises will be held at the temple.
There are others, such as Zen education, which is intended to assist people improve their moral qualities through meditation methods, as well as build a culture of responsibility toward the nation, as well as to be self-disciplined and to be patriotic citizens.
The temple also wants to assist the most vulnerable members of society in a variety of ways.
There are three orphaned youngsters now being cared for in the temple.
Max, the only African monk at the temple, whose Chinese name is Yan Ming, believes that it is critical for African people to learn about the cultures of other countries in order to integrate into the global system. Max is the only African monk at the temple.
Max, who is originally from Cote d’Ivoire, explained that he chose to study in China in 2015 because of his interest in culture while at university. He hopes to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture.
He claims that learning about Chinese culture has opened many doors for him, and that his experience at the Shaolin Temple taught him the value of self-discipline and respect for all people.
“We’re here to share Chinese culture with the Zambian people, and we hope that doing so would contribute to the development of China-Africa relations,” he said.