Helping Each Other Live a Peaceful Life

November 29, 2009

Compiled by Maxine Simpson


Religious affiliation: Chan Philosophy

Spiritual leader: Shi Yan Ming, abbot/founder of the USA Shaolin Temple

Address and neighborhood:
446 Broadway, Manhattan

Years in present location:

Size and character of congregation:
“People from different backgrounds, different religions – every single class is a different size,” said Ming

Scheduled services:
Different schedule every day

What makes the congregation special:
“When I teach them physical as well as their mental, as well as train their lives. When I stretch them, I stretch their minds. The physical as well as mental training – there are no differences. Let people realize how beautiful it is,” Ming said.

Largest service and turnout: At one point, 87 people participated in one service.

Most prized possession:
“Let people discipline themselves and master themselves. Let them express their beautiful life greater,” he said.

Biggest wish-list item:
“Everybody to respect each other, love each other and to understand each other, and to help each other live a peaceful and beautiful life,” he said.

Proudest moment:
“I see people change,” he said.

Biggest issue:
“I see people have different kinds of things that they are looking for, but I see them change their lives, to understand life better,” Ming said.

Best singer:
RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan

Most dedicated volunteers: “All my disciples,” Ming said.

High-profile congregants past and present:
Wesley Snipes, Bjork, Bokime Woodbine, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Wu-Tang Clan and others.

Other services and programs offered: Chan Buddhism (philosophy), Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, meditation (Dong Chan, Bu Don Chan), Amituofo.

Upcoming events:
15-year anniversary of the USA Shaolin Temple on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

(212) 358 – 7876;