Have the Shaolin Monks gone commercial?
This is a summation and in some parts exact text from a recent AP Article.
Report is from Beijing
The monks of Shaolin Temple want the word to back off a little. And they’re hardly the sort of monks you want to agitate. With the claw of international commerce at its door, the Bhudist temple with the martial arts tradition made famous by dozens of kung fu movies is fighting back-and not with its hands and feet-to safeguard the Shaolin trademark from opportunistic marketers.
it is our unshirkable historical responsibility to protect and rejuvenate the culture of Shaolin* said Shi Yongxin , the Abbot of Shaolin Temple, quoted by the official Xinghua News Agency. In recent months, the temple in central China’s Henan province has been trying to register Shaolin and Shaolin Temple as trademarks with the governments General Administration for Industry and Commerce. It has also set up a firm, Henan Shaolin Temple Industrial Ltd. Co,. to saffe guard the temple’s name and ban its abusive use in commercial
The message, don’t mess with the monks.
They say for those who abuse the name for commercial purposes we’re going appropriate actions, Qin Daliang, the new consortiums’ general manager said via a telephone conference.
In mainland China, more than 100 businesses, including selling cars, food, liquor, medicine, even furniture use a Shaolin trademark of some sort, the China Trademark and Patent Affairs Agency says Six years ago, the temple’s vegetarian monks won a lawsuit against a company in a nearby town that was using the Shaolin name to market its product-canned hams.
More to come in part 2