Shaolin Temple

USA Shaolin Temple. Amituofo. Welcome to the Temple

The USA Shaolin Temple was founded in 1994 by 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk, Shi Yan Ming. The Temple teaches Chan philosophy or Action Meditation, continuing the tradition as founded by Bodhidharma ( Putidamo ) in the year 527. The USA Shaolin Temple is located in New York City and has branches in Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina.

The USA Shaolin Temple teaches Chan Philosophy through the core Shaolin disciplines of martial arts or action meditation: Gongfu (Kung Fu) Taiji Quan (Tai Chi) and Qigong (Chi Kung).  Students of all backgrounds, religions, ages, and athletic ability can train at Temple. Students come to the USA Shaolin Temple from all around the world to learn and grow from traditional Shaolin training. "Heart to Heart" and "Mind to Mind" is the essence of Shaolin Chan Philosophy -- and this system of training spans the differences between language and culture as a direct form of growth and understanding. Students find many paths to get to the Temple; while some students seek to build better health and create a feeling of well-being, others may train for self-defense or flexibility, but there is a singular concept behind Shaolin training: martial arts and Chan Philosophy are one and the same.

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Shifu Shi Yan Ming, a 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk, has come to the United States, specifically New York City, as a way to give Shaolin Philosophy to the world.  Shi Yan Ming's message, as he frequently states, is quite simple: "Life is beautiful" and "Be honest with yourself and train harder." 

Shi Yan Ming's dream of expanding the USA Shaolin Temple to allow for more students, as well as international students, is currently taking shape. The USA Shaolin Temple has launched a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to build a new Temple in upstate New York while maintaining a presence in Manhattan.

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New Temple. New Life.

Shaolin Chan Buddhism needs a strong foundation to house these ancient traditions. Shifu Shi Yan Ming is the last monk trained in the authentic Shaolin Tradition. It is within his lifetime that we have this opportunity to share the Chan philosophy before it is forever lost. Thus, we have launched the New Temple New Life Capital Campaign to build the future for Chan Action Meditation or Shaolin philosophy. The new temple was opened on May 5th, 2012, and is currently continuing to raise funds to build a training hall and begin year-round classes and live-in programs.

Help support the new temple.

Upcoming Fundraisers

Kung Fu Movie Night

On the first Friday of every month, the Temple holds a kung fu movie night fundraiser for the USA Shaolin Temple Capital Campaign. In 2010, the temple acquired 80.88 acres of land in Fleischmanns, NY to bring authentic Shaolin Temple martial arts or Chan philosophy into the 21st century and beyond. All money raised during movie night goes to the construction and operation of the New Temple.

All are welcome to attend - bring your friends, family, and coworkers! Suggested donation of $8 at the door.

When: The first Friday of every month @ 9pm
USA Shaolin Temple
102 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002