Is it easy to put all your wishes and desires on stake and dedicate yourself towards a faith! Do people still do things which will not give them back materialistic benefits? Yes, they do exist in the 21st century. The spiritualized, dedicated and self-controlled "Shaolin Monks". They have made fame for themselves by intense training, fighting skills, and faith in Buddhism.
Shaolin Monks are known to be the originators of martial arts. They believe that strength comes from the mind. Their bodies become boundless while training. The dedicated monks execute techniques focused around balance, strength, endurance and self-defence. They can endure an incredible amount of pain while barely blenching. The Shaolins believe that what their bodies can persist is just a symptom of the strength of their mind and soul.
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