Full text of Shaolin Master Shi Heng Yi’s talk titled “5 Hindrances to Self-Mastery” at TEDxVitosha conference.
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Shi Heng Yi – Shaolin Master
It has been quite a privilege being able to grow up in two quite different ways of life. I was born in Germany and at the same time had the chance to learn more about an ancient art coming from the Shaolin Temple.
When you grow up in an Asian family, it is quite common that firstly you don’t argue with your father; and secondly, you either become a medical doctor, engineer or lawyer. Elsewise your parents will be very unhappy.
So having that said, I finished my academic education with two university degrees, MBA, and quite a collection of different certificates and diplomas. Everything that my parents thought would be useful to have.
But throughout this education, I felt something was missing, because I was learning about many different aspects: How the plan is working? What an atom is made out of? How the political system is functioning?
But somehow the subject was missing: to learn something about myself.
So with the age of four, for the first time I got introduced into the monastic practices. And I was very happy to find out that the main part of these practices were dealing with the exploration and the discovery of yourself.
There was mental training, development of behavior combined with the physical training. All aspects of what nowadays is known as Shaolin Kung Fu.
Now despite the wishes of my parents to somehow go out in the market and try to manage the world, I decided to continue this monastic life and start learning more about myself first.