Shi Yan Bo Disciple Ceremony took place on April 2nd, 2016 at the Shaolin Temple, China.

On April 2nd, our long term student Dr. Rhea Du (Shi Yan Bo Disciple) has been accepted as the Direct Disciple of the current Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, the Venerable Shi Yong Xin. She spoke with the Abbot about her love for the Chinese Culture. She received a Buddhist name: Shi Yan Bo 释延博. It is important that more and more foreign students have access to the Shaolin Temple Culture. When we spoke about Shaolin Culture we do not mean only Kung Fu as many believe. Shaolin Culture is complex and consists of Chan, Wu and Yi. Many foreign students at present focus on Wu part which we believe is limited view.

The father of Chan Buddhism at the Shaolin Temple is Bodhidharma. He is referred  as the Deity of Wisdom. The Chan Buddhism was introduced to the Shaolin Temple is the 6th Century. Kinnara, the deity of Strength has a special pace in one of the halls in the Shaolin Temple. The Buddhist goals are the supreme wisdom and strength. Shaolin Kung Fu practice is based on Buddhism which includes wisdom and strength. During the Tang Dynasty was developed the belief “The Power of Vow”.  The major deity in the belief system of Shaolin Kung Fu is Kinnara.

Chan Buddhism is the synergy of philosophical and religious understanding between Chinese “dark learning” of that time and Indian Buddhist culture in China. Chan Buddhism reflects the true meanings of life and the mysteries of the Universe. During the history many belief systems developed and refined. The monks from the Shaolin Temple are focused on developing and refining their skills in all life aspects. Each day at a time and a whole life of cultivation.

Many years of practice with a deep understanding of life, wisdom and courage is what sets aside the monks of the Temple. Chan Buddhism brings them freedom, relaxation and divinity.

In the environment of the Shaolin Temple the monks follow the five Buddhism precepts or ethics used in the Martial Arts practice:

  1. No killing
  2. No robbery (stealing)
  3. Refrain from intimate relationships
  4. No drinking alcohol
  5. No telling lies


The practice of Shaolin Kung Fu is focused on self-defense. If you arrive at the Temple to learn Kung Fu for attacking others, the monks will not teach you. Its purpose is to protect yourself and do not harm to others.

There are 72 unique sets of skills and Kung Fu techniques such as Qi Gong, grappling, wrestling, disjointing, attacking a vital point of the body so on. This wide skills and knowledge are organized in special categories and levels of difficulty.

During the past almost 4 years of  study of the cultural part, Dr. Rhea Du become the 4th female disciple of the Abbot. She wishes to express her gratitude and her deepest respect to the Shaolin Temple and the Venerable Abbot for this opportunity.

As a disciple she will do her utmost to spread the authentic Shaolin Temple’s learning around the world.


Dr. Rhea Du

Dr. Rhea Du

International Shaolin Cultural Exchange Ambassador of Shaolin Temple Yunnan