Shaolin Temple Yunnan

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Shaolin Temple was founded in the 20th year (496) of the Taihe reign of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). It was named Shaolin Temple because it is situated in the heart of Songshan Mountain, the middle of the Five Famous Mountains in China, and within dense woods at the foot of Shaoshi Mountain. It is said that this temple was built by Yuanhong (Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty) to accommodate Buddha, an Indian monk who came to China to disseminate Buddhist doctrines. Afterwards, Bodhidharma, the founder of the Chan Sect in China, came to Songshan Mountain via Guangzhou City and Nanjing City by sea. In Shaolin Temple, he widely recruited disciples and carried forward Buddhist doctrines. Since then, the status of Shaolin Temple as the Chan Sect’s birthplace has been established.

Henan Shaolin Temple

From Henan Shaolin Temple to Yunnan Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple (少林寺), the famed temple in Henan province, officially opened the Shaolin Temple in Kunming in 2008. The temple’s abbot Shi Yongxin (释永信) signed an agreement to take over the four ancient temples in Kunming: Miaozhan Temple (妙湛寺), Tuzhu Temple (土主庙), Fading Temple (法定寺), and Guanyin Temple (观音寺).

Yunnan Shaolin Temple, located in Kunming Guandu Ancient Town, also named Miaozhan Temple (昆明官渡区妙湛寺/少林寺), is known around the world for the rich culture of Chan (Meditation and Buddhist studies), Wu (Martial Arts) and Yi (Chinese Traditional Medicine). The Yunnan Shaolin Temple is expected to serve as a platform through which the temple will transmit ‘Shaolin Culture’ to South and Southeast Asia.

Shaolin Temple in Yunnan is the main South of China Kung Fu training branch. We are currently in the developmental expansion phase for Shaolin Temple in several locations; therefore, we will be able to offer our students a much richer experience in training Kung Fu while experiencing first-hand Chinese Culture and Traditions.

The Shaolin temple in Yunnan is closed for restoration

The training resumes in Shandong Province

From 2024, Shaolin Temple Yunnan will cooperate with the Official Branch of Henan Shaolin Temple under the name of East Shaolin Temple in Shandong Province, Maqi Mountains scenic spot. The Temple is 45 km from the nearest airport in Rizhao and 60 km from the train station in Rizhao – a sea side city, the capital of Water Sports in China, with enchanting sea views and soft beaches. 

East Shaolin Temple

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Outstanding Culture

老骥伏枥,志在千里。 (Lǎojì fúlì, zhì zài qiānlǐ)

An old warhorse in the stable still longs to gallop a thousand miles. You’re never too old to live out a dream. Just because you have aged doesn’t mean you can no longer be the happiest version of yourself.

Located on Nanma Mountain, East Shaolin Temple, the former Huigan Temple was first built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and destroyed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In the fourth year of Zhenghe in the Northern Song Dynasty (1114), Emperor Huizong personally inscribed “Huigan Temple” and made a gold plaque for the people of Ju to rebuild it. In the Jin Dynasty, the red-coated army gathered at Maqi Mountain in Yiyi, raised their flags to fight against the gold, and retreated south. The Jin army burned down Huigan Temple and its camp. Rebuilt in the Yuan Dynasty, it was called Jingju Temple. In the early Ming Dynasty, it was renamed Ganlu Temple, but in the late Ming Dynasty, it was destroyed by war. It was rebuilt in the early Qing Dynasty and named Hailong Nunnery. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the seventh year of Emperor Kangxi’s reign (1668). Tian Benqin, a later Taoist, rebuilt it and called it Hailong Temple. It was destroyed again in the mid-1960s. In May 2012, Shandong Chenxi Group donated nearly 200 million yuan to complete the renovation. 

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