The traditional minor New Year in China is the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month annually, namely Feb. 4 this year. China Songshan Shaolin Temple hosted the global Shaolin charity commendation internet conference this day to award organizations or individuals with special contributions in epidemic prevention and control since the COVID-19 broke out in 2020. Totaling more than 20 Shaolin cultural centers and disciples globally are awarded by Henan Charity and China Songshan Shaolin Temple.
As abbot Shi Yongxin claimed “Jie!”, Shaolin Temple’s 49-day Chan meditation improving session in Gengzi Year ended up completely on Jan. 6, 2021. During the time a total of 106 people including elders, holy men from mountains, old Chan masters, fresh Chan monastics gathered at the Meditation Hall together, overcoming fatigue, delusion and other difficulties to sit meditation and enlighten themselves as well as achieve realization within a set timeframe.
On Mar. 2, 2021, a group led by Zhang Lei, an aged 93 TCM master, adviser of the second group of national TCM experts’ academic experience inheritance program, lifetime professor of the Henan University of Chinese Medicine, and chief doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the Third Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Chinese Medicine, visited Shaolin Temple, watched Shaolin Kungfu performance and recalled his life in Shaolin Temple many years ago together with Shaolin monks, receiving Shaolin monks’ warm welcome.
To deepen exchanges in Buddhism and other areas between China and Sri Lanka, Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lankan ambassador to China, commercial officer Ms. Han Jie, Mr. Rosen and others visited Shaolin Temple accompanied by deputy director Guo Hua of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’ s Government of Henan Province, and communicate with abbot Shi Yongxin friendly.
On May 4, “The Most Beautiful Struggle of Youth--2021 Special Programs on China’ s Youth Day”, sponsored by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Ministry of Education, the Communist Youth League and hosted by the China Media Group, were played on CCTV-1 and CCTV-3. China Songshan Shaolin Temple was invited to join the program “The Young Generation Will Surpass the Elder”.
On the morning of June 8, 2021, a group led by master Shi Yongxin, abbot of Shaolin Temple, visited Shaolin Temple’ s affiliated temple--Panshan Northern Shaolin Temple in Jizhou district of Tianjin to investigate the project progress, receiving a warm welcome from temple’s chief monk Yanpei and benefactors.