Hundreds of Years, Thousands of Steps, 48 Foot Prints

November 16, 2015 1 Comment

In a time when life seems more threatened, more vulnerable, and less enduring, I take some comfort in the image of 48 footprints sunk in brick from thousands of steps over hundreds of years.  Perhaps, goodness and mercy can endure as surely as 48 footprints.

48 foot imprints in floor of Shaolin Temple, China

48 foot imprints in floor of Shaolin Temple, China





Shaolin Temple, in the region of Song Mountain, Dengfeng City, Henan Province, is included on UNESCO’s World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010, it is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts.  The watermelon-size foot prints developed over a thousand years as hundreds if Buddhist monks practiced the same Kung Fu series time, and time, and time again.

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  1. Diane Jackson says:

    This is just SO AWESOME, I had not realize or mayb didn’t no. Thanks so much 4 the info .Bless U Joanna

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