Amituofo. Welcome to USA Shaolin Temple!

Founded in 1994 by 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk, Shifu Shi Yan Ming, the USA Shaolin Temple is a 501(3)c non-profit organization. Our mission is to teach the disciplines of Ch’an Philosophy (Ch’an Buddhism) through the core Shaolin disciplines of martial arts or action meditation: Gongfu (Kung Fu) Taiji Quan (Tai Chi) and Qigong (Chi Kung), continuing the tradition founded by Bodhidharma (Putidamo) in the year 527.


USA Shaolin Temple is located in New York City, the epicenter of the world. The Temple also has branches in Austria, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. Students of all backgrounds, religions, ages, and athletic ability can train at Temple. Students come to the USA Shaolin Temple from all around the world to learn and grow from traditional Shaolin training. “Heart to Heart” and “Mind to Mind” is the essence of Shaolin Ch’an Philosophy — and this system of training spans the differences between language and culture as a direct form of growth and understanding. Students find many paths to get to the Temple; while some students seek to build better health and create a feeling of well-being, others may train for self-defense or flexibility. No matter the reason, there is a singular concept behind Shaolin training: martial arts and Ch’an Philosophy are one and the same.

As Shifu always teaches us, through training, we can help ourselves and therefore we can help the world.