About Us 2018-04-13T10:26:40+00:00


Welcome to the 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 FuQi GongTai 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. The 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 ways of life. 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.


  • 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 FuTai ChiQi Gong exercises, Chan meditation and philosophyChinese language, art, tea culture, music and folk traditions. UK Shaolin Temple has been established since 2003 and registered as a charitable company in England and Wales in 2013. Its founder, Shi Yan Min is a 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 thanks to Shi Yan Min’s dedication to the Shaolin tradition and his insights into how these can benefit the wellbeing of 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 lectures on these traditions. Our services aim to be accessible and inclusive for all.


Help Us Build A Home

 – Built a peaceful place where Shaolin Culture will flourish, whilst also assisting with the strengthening of communities.

 – Built a temple for our future generations to enjoy. The wheel of life begins here.

 – Create a dedicated space to develop Great Skill Sports training based on the 72 chambers of traditional Shaolin Culture and to facilitate individual progress in a safe environment with personalised programmes

 – Create a sacred place, where people come together and share discoveries about our true nature and develop valuable insights for a happy and healthy lifestyle

 – Create a place to practice and study Ch’an Buddhism philosophy in the UK

 – Research topics related to Shaolin culture and its impact on individual’s health and wellbeing as well as creating thriving and healthy communities

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