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.




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.



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Dharma Talks

  • Are there any relics of the Buddha’s disciples remaining today?2023-11-13

    Sir Alexander Cunningham, an Englishman, (Director of the Indian Archeological Bureau) excavated several ancient thupas in 1851 at a locality named Sanchi, 549 miles northest from Bombay, India. In one the thupas, they found two large stone caskets with the names of Sarriputa and Moggallana engraved respectively on the covers and their divine skeletons inside. The skeletons were stolen by the British and preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. After the independence of India, through negotiations with Britain, they were returned and once again enshrined at Sanchi. In Sanchi, not a well-known place then, a wealth of Buddhist relics have been discovered in modern times. A big thupa built under King Asoka’s built. On the four sides of the thupa are exquisitely engraved stone gates. Owing to the discovery of numerous valuable relics, particularly of the sariras of the two great arahats, Sanchi has become one of the most important Buddhist holy sites in India today. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

  • What was the primitive period of Buddhism like?2023-11-13

    In this period, the Buddha’s disciples generally maintained the facilities and conventions of Sangha life as they were in the Buddha’s lifetime, and practiced the fundamental creeds of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold path on self-cultivation with little dissention. Thus this period was, in Buddhist terms, the period of harmonious unity.

  • Why is the Buddha Called “Fo” in Chinese? What does It Mean?2023-11-13

    “Fo” is the abbreviation for “Fotuo” which was used to translate the word “Buddha”. “The characters used for “Fotuo” were pronounced “Buda” at the time of translation). Buddha means “an enlightened one” or “an awakened one”. The term “Buddha” existed in India from the earliest times, but Buddhism has attributed three additional connotations to the term. They are as follows: ⑴ enlightenment (Sambodhi, which means thoroughly realizing the properties and appearance of all dhammas as they are); ⑵ perfect enlightenment (Samma-sambodhi, which means not only enlightening oneself but also equally and universally enlightening others); ⑶ supreme or paramount enlightenment (Anuttara samma-sambodhi, which means one’s wisdom and achievement have reached the highest and the most perfect sphere in enlightening oneself or others). (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

  • Charity and Upeksha2023-10-18

    Charity and Upeksha ties are quite close. Both of them are exterior-interior relationships and are one. But many people don’t know or misunderstand their relations between each other. On the one hand, people praise that Buddhism advocates charity. On the other hand, they also think that Buddhism is negatively world-weary. In fact, misanthropy of Buddhism is not the negative and evasive psychological aversion, but a kind of mundane life surpassing during the course of witnessing Sunyata of everything after the enlightenment of mundane life. Buddhism’s misanthropy and abandoning worldly life can greatly embody Buddhism’s positive attitude towards life, continually surpassing people’s own precious qualities. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)

  • The Modern Value of Religion2023-10-18

    What is Buddhism’s the most valuable manifestation in modern society on earth? I think: living life, people should have faiths believing that life can be promoted and world can be improved. This is very important and also fundamental. This is just that we Buddhists always say “purifying the world and life”. motivation, vow and practice are reflected in Buddhists’ mind and behavior. If a person lives in the world losing faith, this is a terrible thing. He or she believes in nothing, having no respect and no fear. In Buddhist terms, that is falling into the Three Evil Paths. So in fact, we can say that faith is essence of life. When a person has faith, he could have respect, fear and a binding everyday life, which is reflected in the enlightenment of religious faith. All religious rites and regulations are implemented in “self-discipline” stably. It is also reflected in Buddhists’ vows and receiving precepts. To human civilization, religion initially reflects its morality and maintaining social order and stability. This is also one of the important reasons that religion lives on over thousands of years. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)

  • To Do No Evil, to Do Only Good2023-10-18

    We do things basically meaning to do things from daily life, which is to do no evil, to do only good as well. We often says “the six roots of sensations are pure and clean”, means that we are required to purify and clean our daily life. As long as our mental formation in daily life is pure and clean, then our mind is naturally pure and clean along with it. Only our mental formation and mind are pure and clean internally and externally, then our heart will be peaceful and frank, without a tie in the world. Hui-neng said in Altar Sutra: “Without any obsessions with the materiality of the universe, the peace of a practitioner’s mind can never be shattered.” A person can reach peaceful and frank in his or her heart, without a tie in the world, which is Chan and meditation. So we need to study Buddhism, practice and change old habits of the secular world, starting from our daily life and from “doing no evil and doing only good”. This can ensure our achievements of studying Buddhism and is the right way and great way of Buddhism study in fact. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)

  • All Rivers Run into Sea2023-09-25

    The creation of Chan Buddhism sufficiently integrated into the essence of traditional Chinese culture and went into their advantages of Taoism and Confucianism, then developing the Chinese Buddhism. Similarly, its Chan boxing insists on its new enlightenment and new creation with the feature that all rivers run into sea. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)