Chicago Branch Locations: 

Chicago Shaolin Temple Main Headquarters
2919 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60608


Our Parent Temple in New York:


Other New York Shaolin Temple Branches:

Boston Shaolin Kung Fu Center

Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy


Songshan Shaolin Temple in Henan, China

The construction of the Shaolin Monastery of the Song Shan Mountain started in the nineteenth year of emperor Tai He of Northern Wei about 1,500 years ago (495AD). The monastery was built by Emperor Xiao Wen of Northern Wei for the purpose of accommodating the visiting monk BO TO Le from India Later, Bodhidharma (Damo), a senior monk from India, arrived also at the Song Shan Monastery. He took residence in a cave in the Wu Ru Peak, which is situated behind the Shaolin Monastery. Bodhidharma meditated there in absolute silence for nine years, sitting in across-legged stance, facing the rock wall. He then established the doctrine of Buddhism in China and has been recognized as the first patriarch of the Chan (Zen) sect in China. The Shaolin Monastery has also been recognized and revered as the sacred founding site of Chinese Chan Buddhism.

It flourished in the Tang and Song dynasties and reached the peak of development in Yuan and Ming dynasties. According to the records in historic books, the Shaolin Temple had suffered from natural and man made disasters during the last 1500 years. However, the monks of the Shaolin Temple had endured and carried forward their tradition and culture. The Shaolin Temple was the origin of Chan Buddhism. The combined ideas of Chan and martial arts as one are the soul of the Shaolin Kung-Fu system. From 1951 to 1996, the decades of the long renovation of the Shaolin Temple had made a revival into the modern era.


Shaolin Abbot Shi Yong Xin

Venerable Grand Monk Master Shi Yong Xin’s birth name was Liu Yin Chun and as such he was known until tonsure. He was born in 1965 in Anhui, Yinshang. Master Yong Xin is the 30th generation Abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple in China, the vice president of China Buddhism Association, the president of Henan province Buddhism Association, and also the representative of the 9th and 10th annual National People’s Congress of China.

Venerable Master Yong Xin was born into a Buddhist family, who was a child possessing natural Buddhist intelligence, enjoying the peace of nature and thus fell in love with Buddhism. In 1981, his parents following his aspirations, formally acknowledged Abbot Elder Xing Zheng as his master. After Master Yong Xin had the tonsure conferred upon him by formal Buddhist rite, he attended to the Abbot day and night. He diligently studied and developed great wisdom as years passed. Later on, Master Yong Xin had an eye-opening opportunity during his pilgrimage to Mt. Yunju in Jiangxi, Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui, Guangji Temple in Beijing and many others.





In 1984, Master Yongxin came back to attend to Abbot Xing Zheng once again. In 1987, Abbot Xing Zheng passed away. Master Yong Xin was appointed as the new Abbot and the director of Shaolin Temple Management Committee. Abbot Yong Xin has taken over the resumption of Shaolin culture and reviving of the Chan Sect and its origin as his own responsibility. He undertook the complete renovation project of the temple. With his hard work and dedication, Shaolin Temple has resumed its original Buddhist atmosphere, provides the environment to the monks in Shaolin to cultivate their Buddhist philosophy and to preserve the Shaolin culture.



Shaolin Temple Kungfu Monks Team was founded in 1988, to promote the traditional Shaolin culture. Shaolin Charity and Welfare Fund was established in 1993, with the aim to relieve people from poverty and help those in need. In 1995, the Shaolin Publishing House was established and published the quarterly journal “Chan Dew”, “Collections of Shaolin Kungfu”, “Medical Secrets in Shaolin kungfu”, “Collections of the International Chan Cultural Conference” to promote the understanding of Chan(Zen) culture and its in-depth meaning and secrets. Grand Monk Master Yong Xin was appointed as the Abbot of Shaolin Temple in 1999.


Shaolin Kung-Fu seminars were organized to study the cultural treasures of Shaolin Kungfu. In order to protect the Shaolin Kungfu’s profound culture with a history of 1500 years, in 2002 Abbot Yong Xin organized and initiated the registration under the UN Education and Science Organization of Shaolin Kungfu. Shaolin Orphan Center was open in 2003 to support the “Thousand-orphan and Light-opening” project. Upon invitation, Abbot Yong Xin led a delegate team to attend the “Songshan Shaolin Temple Day” ceremony established in San Francisco which is defined and officially recognized by the US California State Congress, in which provides a great opportunity to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.