At its surface, the martial arts are practices to resolve conflict between two people. However, as one practices further, it is a form of training one can use to resolve one’s own inner conflict. In this exclusive C.A.F.E. 229 conversation, Chan Master Žarko Andričević walks us through the pearls of wisdom that may be found through martial arts training – including how compassion may result when one has less opposition with one’s own inner world.
Many martial arts enthusiasts know that the art form has strong roots in mindfulness training widely practiced across Asia. For example, the well-known Shaolin Temple in China is a teaching ground for Chinese Zen meditation and Kung Fu.
Chan Master Žarko Andričević began his own journey as a young gymnastics student in Croatia. Increasingly interested in Asian philosophy, he came upon Buddhism while searching for the spiritual roots of the martial arts and yoga in 1975. Two years later, he sought refuge in Buddhism.
In the 1980s, he began the Dharmaloka, the first Buddhist community in Croatia, dedicated to mediation and study of Buddhism. In 1996, Žarko devoted himself to the Chan tradition (a school of Mahayana Buddhism) and began studying under Chan Master Sheng Yen. In 2001, he received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen, and became one of the Master’s five Dharma heirs in the West.
Learn more about Chan Master Žarko here.
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