We know that the ultimate goal of a Shalin monks are to achieve the highest level of enlightenment. I would argue the best thing about being a monk is do cool monk stuff, like walking on walls and busting up stone with your bare hands. Sure, meditation is good for inner strength and all that. But these are a bunch of monks doing the awesome things we would do if we had monk super powers.

Hugging a couple of tigers.

Hugging a couple of tigers.

Hugging a couple of tigers.

Helping people across the stream by being some chill monk bridges.

Helping people across the stream by being some chill monk bridges.

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Punishing water for all the wetness it causes.

Punishing water for all the wetness it causes.

Punishing water for all the wetness it causes.

Acting as decoration so your friend’s pad looks chill for when his lady comes over.

Acting as decoration so your friend's pad looks chill for when his lady comes over.

Acting as decoration so your friend’s pad looks chill for when his lady comes over.

Looking fly on an airplane.

Looking fly on an airplane.

shaolin monk Looking fly on an airplane.

Getting mad thirsty.

Shalin monk Getting mad thirsty.

Shalin monk Getting mad thirsty.

Even when master Dohi makes you stand at attention on your head…

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Even when master Dohi makes you stand at attention on your head…

 

…it only makes your breakdancing skills that much better.

...it only makes your breakdancing skills that much better.

…it only makes your breakdancing skills that much better.

Just taking a meditative stroll in defiance of gravity.

Just taking a meditative stroll in defiance of gravity.

Just taking a meditative stroll in defiance of gravity.

Getting all screwed up to frighten old ladies.

Getting all screwed up to frighten old ladies.

Getting all screwed up to frighten old ladies.

I imagine this is how monks keep warm in the winter.

I imagine this is how monks keep warm in the winter.

I imagine this is how monks keep warm in the winter.

Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping

A very zen game of pattycake.

A very zen game of pattycake.

A very zen game of pattycake.

Sometimes you gotta sleep how bats sleep, just cause.

Sometimes you gotta sleep how bats sleep, just cause.

Sometimes you gotta sleep how bats sleep, just cause.

All monks are experts in masonry.

All monks are experts in masonry.

All monks are experts in masonry.

Chillin’ with the homies.

Chillin' with the homies.

Chillin’ with the homies.

Doesn’t that look fun? If only being a monk didn’t also involve sitting still for long periods of time, living off of charity, taking a vow of chastity, shaving one’s head and wearing a gaudy shade of orange at all times. I’d totally be on board with this if I could stray from the rules a bit.