What would you say if I told you to have blind faith in me, to do whatever I said without hesitation or question even if it was distasteful to you? Hopefully, you would tell me to get lost. If not, if you would blindly follow a teacher no matter what — well then I’m not the teacher for you. I want to teach free-thinking human beings, not drones.
Students love thinking that their teacher is the best, and teachers love to encourage this. Sometimes it’s true. But more often, it’s not. How can you tell the difference?
The Ten Shaolin Laws are non-religious, and transcend cultural and linguistic differences. These simple laws promote values that are worthy and desirable in any culture. Laws, in the Shaolin tradition, are not meant to be restrictive; they are meant to help followers achieve set aims and objectives. In this case, the laws to help us to attain the best possible results in practicing Flowing Zen.