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The Shaolin Temple is under the leadership of venerable Abbot Shi Yongxing in Songshan, China. The Abbot was born in 1965 in An Hui, and raised in a Buddhist family. As a child, he was intelligent, enjoyed the peace of nature and fell in love with Buddhism. Later on, he became the 30th generation Abbot of the Song Shan Shaolin Temple, China. 
       In 1988 the Shaolin Kung Fu Monk Corps was founded, which promoted the traditional Shaolin culture. In 1993, Shaolin Charity Foundation was established with a mission to relieve people from poverty. In 1995, Shaolin Publishing House was established, which published the quarterly journal known as the, "Chan Dew", with the purpose of promoting the Chan(meditation) Wu(Kung Fu) culture.
      In 1991, Master Shi Yongxing was appointed as a new Abbot and the Director of Shaolin Temple Management Committee. As a new Abbot, he had many great responsibilities. The new Abbot undertook the complete renovation project of the Shaolin Temple. He revived the Chan section allowing the Shaolin Temple to resume its original Buddhist atmosphere. Abbot Yongxing is also the President of the Henan Province Buddhist Association, and the Representative of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Annual National People’s Congress of China. 
      In 2002, the Abbot organized and initiated the registration of Shaolin Kung Fu to protect the Shaolin Kung Fu culture’s 1500 years of history. In 2003, the Shaolin Orphanage was opened to support the, “Thousand Orphan & Light Opening” project. Within the same year the Abbot led a delegate to attend the, “Songshan Shaolin Temple Day” ceremony established in San Francisco. The ceremony provided a great opportunity to promote cultural exchange between the two countries and was honored by the California State Assembly.

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