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Abbot Shi Yongxin

Abbot Shi Yongxin was born in 1965 in Yingshang, Anhui Province. In 1981, he went to Shaolin  Monastery to invite the 29th generation abbot Shi Xingzheng, as his teacher. In 1987, the elder  Xingzheng passed away, he took over the mantle of his teacher, took over the post of director of the  management committee of Shaolin Monastery, and comprehensively presided over the affairs of the  temple. In 1999, he was awarded the abbot of Shaolin Monastery. 

Since July 1998, he has been elected as the President of the Henan Buddhist Association. Since  September 2002, Master Shi Yongxin has been the vice president of the Buddhist Association of China;  Since 1998, he has been continuously elected as a representative to the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th  National People’s Congress; Elected as a member of the National Youth Federation for three consecutive terms. In February 2010 and March 2015, he was successively elected as Vice President of  Buddhist Association of China and Director of Overseas Exchange Committee.

  • In 1987, Abbot Shi Yongxin took charge of the Shaolin Monastery; Initiated the establishment of  the Shaolin Monastery Wushu Team, which later developed into the Shaolin Monastery Monk  delegation. 
  • In August 1999, he was awarded the 30th generation abbot of Shaolin Monastery; In July 2001,  the German Shaolin Cultural Center was established as the first Shaolin Monastery Shaolin  Cultural Center overseas. 
  • In March 2004, he led a Shaolin cultural delegation to California, the United States, to participate  in the establishment ceremony of “Songshan Shaolin Monastery Day”, making contributions to  promoting Chinese traditional culture and enhancing cultural exchanges between China and the  United States. 
  • In September 2010, the “Shaolin European Federation” was established in Vienna.  • In May 2011, the Shaolin North American Federation was established in Los Angeles. 
  • In September 2012, he led a Shaolin cultural delegation to Germany and Austria to hold the “First  European Shaolin Cultural Festival”, and Shaolin culture entered the United Nations headquarters  in Vienna. 
  • In October 2013, he led a Shaolin cultural delegation to Harvard University in the United States,  United Nations Headquarters in New York, and other places for cultural exchange, and held the  “First North American Shaolin Cultural Festival” in Los Angeles.  
  • In March 2014, he led a Shaolin cultural delegation to the United States to participate in the  celebration of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the “Song Mountain Shaolin  Monastery Day” in California, and went to San Francisco, Auckland, Fremont and other regions for  cultural exchanges, and to Google headquarters and Apple headquarters in the United States to  spread Shaolin culture. 
  • In October 2014, he led a Shaolin cultural delegation to London and Oxford in the UK to hold the  “Third (Europe) Shaolin Cultural Festival”, which includes: World Peace Praying Dharma  Conference, Europe Shaolin Kung Fu Test Conference, Shaolin Zen, Shaolin Kung Fu, Buddhist  Medicine and other cultural lectures, Chinese Buddhism and the national treasures of the twelve  zodiac signs exhibition, Dialogue between Chinese Buddhism and Christianity (co sponsored by  the Center for Chinese Studies of Oxford University, the School of Theology and Religion of Oxford  University, and the Institute of Higher Humanities of Peking University). During this period, he  went to London Hindu Temple, London World Spiritual Institute, London Central Mosque, London  Westminster Abbey Temple, London Sikhism, London St Edmund’s Church, Oxford University and  other places to carry out cultural exchanges, which was supported and praised by the local  mainstream society. 

Abbot Shi Yongxin served as the Dean of Henan Buddhist College, the Honorary Dean of Shaolin  Culture Research Institute of Zhengzhou University, and the Honorary Professor of Henan University.  In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor by Sports in the United States University, in 2011, he  was awarded an Honorary Doctor by Mahachulalongla University in Thailand, and in 2019, he was awarded a Visiting Professor by Tokai University in Japan.

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