Abbot Shi Yongxin, local name Liu Yingcheng, was born in 1965, his hometown in Yingshang, Anhui province. He got to Shaolin Temple in 1981 and respected Abbot Xingzheng, the twenty-ninth abbot of Shaolin Temple, as his master. Abbot Xingzheng passed away in 1987 and then Shi Yongxin took over the position of director of Shaolin Temple Management Committee, comprehensively presiding over the Shaolin Temple’ s affairs. Shi Yongxin got the honor to become the abbot of Shaolin Temple in 1999. Abbot Shi Yongxin has been selected as president of the Buddhist Association of Henan Province ever since selected in July of 1998. Abbot Shi Yongxin has been selected as the president of the Buddhist Association of China ever since September of 2002. Abbot Shi Yongxin has been respectively selected as the deputy to the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth National People’s Congress ever since March of 1998.[Detail]
Shaolin Temple rang out the old year and rang the new year. Feb. 11, 2021 was traditional Lunar New Year’ s Eve. Shaolin monks followed Chinese tradition with thousands of years, such as discussing couplets, worshiping ancestors, staying up all night on New Year’ s Eve, and striking the bell and praying, to celebrate the Chinese New Year together with Shaolin monks.
Shaolin Temple holds the Chan tea cultural communication at 9: 30 am on September 13, 2020. Mr. Cai Mei, director of the standing committee of the National People’ s Congress in Fuding city and deputy group leader of the leading group of tea industry development, protector Fang Shoulong and his wife from Baicha Mountain and others visited Shaolin Temple, and exchanged Chan tea culture with abbot and monks from Shaolin Temple.
Shaolin monks worshiped ancestors during the year’ s Qingming Festival. Shaolin monks went to the Pagoda Forest to sweep pagodas and worshp ancestors to remember Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions and founders of generations on Mar. 27, 2021.
A group led by master Shi Yongxin, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China, president of the Buddhist Association of Henan Province and abbot of Shaolin Temple, visited an affiliated temple-- Shuiyu Temple in Dengfeng to investigate and guide the work, receiving a warm welcome from master Yankai, manager of the temple, as well as Buddhists and lay Buddhists.
A group led by master Shi Yongxin visited Wangu Temple to investigate and guide the work, receiving a warm welcome from master Yanzuo and monks from Wangu Temple on the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2020.
The Encyclopedia of Chinese Buddhist Medicine is a multi-volume series of ancient literature edited together by Shi Yongxin, and professor Li Liangsong from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The book consists of four sections including the medical theory of sutra, medicine in sutra, monks’ medical works and lay Buddhists’ medical works, which is known as “the most comprehensive literature collection of Buddhist medicine and health preservation throughout history”.
Encyclopedia of Shaolin Temple follows general rules of compiling an encyclopedia in the modern era, based on the characteristics of Shaolin Temple and Shaolin culture, striving to be comprehensive and scientific in terms of selected and classified entries, knowledge structure system, ways of compilation and others. The book takes Shaolin Temple as the core and knowledge system of Shaolin culture as its basic content, and also contains the basics of Buddhism.
The book was edited by master ShiYongxin, abbot of Shaolin Temple and published by Hualing Press in 2008. Master Shi Yongxin tells us in the book truth that Buddha realized and contents that Buddha preached dharma over forty nine years whose core is five words: do not be imaging things (Chinese: 别胡思乱想).
The book embodies some insights abbot Shi Yongxin gained through practicing Shaolin Chan Wu and presiding over affairs of Shaolin Temple over the years. In addition to enlightenment for Shaolin Kungfu, there are also thoughts in Buddhist education and Chan Buddhism or dharma included in it. It is hoped that the book can benefit more readers’ practice and life.