Welcome to UK Shaolin Temple’s Official Website. UK Shaolin Temple is a registered charitable company governed by a board of trustees in England and Wales. We are a unique organisation that exists to share, promote and preserve Shaolin culture. The ‘Shaolin’ culture refers to the activities, philosophies and lifestyles specific to the Chan Buddhist Shaolin Temple. These include a number of physical and philosophic activities such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Chan Meditation. In addition, as the Shaolin culture is not a self-contained entity but heavily influenced by its environment and wider culture, we are also committed to engage people with many aspects of wider Chinese culture. This includes its art, language, philosophies, folk traditions and worldviews. UK Shaolin Temple strives to present these cultural traditions in their purest form. By engaging people in these activities we believe that physical, mental and social wellbeing may be improved. This is achieved by keeping active, becoming conscious of our mental states and engaging with different cultures and life ways. Our founder, Shi Yan Min, is the inspirational force of the charity and works tirelessly to realise our mission. Our organisation, including its staff, volunteers and supporters, strongly believe in the benefits these cultures can bring to individuals and communities. What’s more, they also value the exceptional nature of these traditions and therefore strive to preserve them for future generations.
Our organisations aims are to:
- Improve the wellbeing of people in the UK according to the lifestyle of the Shaolin culture.
- Educate & engage people with many aspects of Chinese culture.
- Share, promote & preserve traditional Shaolin culture & heritage.
Our non-profit organisation teaches authentic and original activities and philosophies of the Shaolin and wider Chinese culture. This includes Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong exercises, Ch’an meditation and philosophy, Chinese language, art, tea culture, music and folk traditions. UK Shaolin Temple has been established since 2002 and registered as a charitable company in England and Wales in 2013. Its founder, Shi Yanmin is 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Monk. After travelling the world demonstrating and sharing the wisdom of the Shaolin tradition in the late nineties, he settled in the UK and developed this cause. UK Shaolin Temple exists today that to Shi Yan Min’s dedication to the Shaolin tradition and his insights into how they can benefit the wellbeing individuals and communities. The transition into a charity marked a new era for our organisation. We aim not only to continue developing the future of Shaolin and Chinese cultures but also to engage as many people as possible with these traditions. These pastimes provide considerable meaning and purpose for millions of people around the world and we wish to build a home for them in the UK so that more people may learn from them. UK Shaolin Temple campaigns help people in the UK explore new ways to improve their wellbeing and experience different cultures and pastimes. We offer dedicated classes, seminars, taster sessions, workshops and lecturers on these traditions. Our services aim to be accessible and inclusive for all.
Shaolin culture has been in the world more than 1500 yeas and it contains within it many traditions from philosophical to physical. One of its most renowned is Shaolin Kung Fu. Kung Fu’s original purpose of was to improve the wellbeing of its monks. Although more importantly, it was used to express the wisdom of Ch’an Buddhism in a physical form. Other influences on the Shaolin culture is the wider Chinese culture. A sincere comprehension of Shaolin culture therefore also requires the study of Ch’an and Chinese culture and history. Shaolin culture was passed down from dedicated warrior monks through generations of disciples. Now, the UK Shaolin Temple wishes to continue this tradition in the UK. We do this in order to preserve this unique culture and also allow for more people to learn and develop from their teachings.