The Shaolin monk, Shi Yan Min first came to the UK in 1998 whilst performing in the first ever “Shaolin Wheel of Life” worldwide tour staring the monks from the Shaolin Temple in Henan province, China. He came to the UK again in year 2000 to teach Shaolin Kung Fu.
Later on in 2002, Shi Yan Min realised that teaching Shaolin Kung Fu to people is good, but he also wanted to teach another important part of the Shaolin tradition – Ch’an Buddhist Philosophy. Only teaching Kung Fu without Ch’an Philosophy is like a person trying to walk without legs. In order to teach and share the whole true Shaolin culture from its physical, mental and spiritual aspects to as many people as possible and in a central place, he realised he needed a temple.
In 2003, with help and support from friends, he founded the ‘Shaolin Temple School of kungfu’ in the beautiful town of Bournemouth in Dorset. He then started to try and achieve his vision. Unable to speak much English and with only a small support network, trying to raise a temple proved to be too difficult a task at that time.
In 2006, Shi Yan Min changed the name of the ‘Shaolin Temple School of kungfu’ to ‘UK Shaolin Temple’. Shi Yan Min tried very hard to raise money towards building the temple, but with little luck.
Despite the setbacks Shi Yan Min has never given up his vision to build the temple. In 2013, ‘UK Shaolin Temple’ became a charity and in this way, with your help, we can hopefully build a temple for everyone to enjoy as soon as possible.
We are asking for your help. Share a little of your good nature and let’s put our hands together to build the central Temple for us and for the future generations to grow and develop from.