Help Build a Buddhist Temple!
Welcome to USA Shaolin Temple’s fundraiser for a beautiful Buddhist Temple in Fleischmanns, NY!
USA Shaolin Temple was founded in 1994 by its Abbot, Shifu Shi Yan Ming, a 34th generation Shaolin Warrior Monk. Shi Yan Ming defected from communist China to the US in 1992 while on the first-ever Shaolin Temple Monks tour of the United States. In 1994 he established USA Shaolin Temple.
His life's goal is to protect and preserve the Shaolin Buddhist philosophy of peace and respect, and to spread this philosophy to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, the Shaolin Temple in China no longer accepts or trains young disciples. It now operates as a heritage site, using the physical premises for tourism. The Chan Buddhist principles brought to China 1500 years ago by the Indian monk, Bodhidarma, are now in serious danger of disappearing.
In 2010, USA Shaolin Temple planted permanent roots. Through contributions from Shifu’s students and disciples, the Temple purchased 80.88 acres of land in Fleischmanns, NY.
Countless hours of volunteer labor and generous financial contributions went into the Temple's progress.
To date, we have been able to:
· Purchase 80.88 acres of land
· Renovate 9 existing buildings
· Purchase 72 beds for 3 lodges
· Renovate 2 houses for staff
· Build a bathhouse and equip it with 12 toilets, 10 showers, 12 sinks, 4 urinals
· Renovate 1 mess hall and equip it with a commercial 8' wide kitchen
· Purchase seating for 72 guests in the mess hall
· Build 1 office building
· Renovate a 120 year-old barn
· Build 1 pump house with 2 wells
· Lay of over 1 mile of water pipes
· Demolish 5 unsafe buildings
· Build a Buddha Pavilion
· Re-gravel 1/4 mile road from the gutters at main street level to the on-site buildings.
Progress has been tremendous. At present, the property is 80% complete. But the remaining 20% is most vital: the actual Buddhist temple!
What the Temple needs is a structure to allow year-round training in martial arts; a place to hold ceremonies; a permanent home for an altar and meditation room.
Here is what your donation will achieve:
· Engineering/Architectural Plans: $20,000
· Temple Foundation: $35,000
· Labor and Supplies: $70,000
· New Power Lines & Poles: $40,000
· Connection of Temple to Bathhouse: $15,000
· Gate into the Property: $10,000
· Parking Lot: $8,000
· Restructuring Road: $15,000
· Renovation of Shifu Shi Yan Ming’s Cabin: $7,000
Cha’an Buddhism encourages everyone to bring good to the world, to do good, and not bad, to help yourself by helping others. Your time to do so is precious.
With your help, the philosophy will be able to survive, and thrive! Your generosity will allow Shifu to provide lessons in Ch’an philosophy year-round on Shaolin land. Your love will help Temple provide a home to a beautiful altar and meditation room. It would allow Temple to host joyous ceremonies, like weddings, birthdays, and seminars. And your support will help Temple jumpstart its ambitious orphanage program, which seeks to take in orphaned children from all over the world and allow them to live the true Shaolin way.
The time to act is now! If the Temple is not complete within Shifu Shi Yan Ming's lifetime, the direct transmission of the knowledge, history, philosophy, and traditions of Shaolin will be lost forever.
Follow your heart. Help spread peace, love and respect to the entire world!
Attached is short slideshow of the work all brothers put into our Beautiful Land in Fleischmanns, NY, from 2010 to 2012. Thank you to Heng Chu & De for this composition, their constant enthusiasm and contribution.
We are also currently working on a more tangible way to show our gratitude to all of our donors. Stay tuned!
If you are looking for a nice teacher, then don't come to USA Shaolin Temple. But if you are looking for a good teacher, then come to USA Shaolin Temple. If you want to stay the same as you are and not evolve in this lifetime, then don't come train. If you want to be challenged and pushed, and fall in love with yourself, then come train. Devotion to this refined system of body and mind art is a pathway to overcoming one's limits and expressing greater levels of love. I have learned over a 12 year period that one's entire life is encapsulated within every kung fu movement. Love, that sweet feeling, is cultivated through the bitter wholesome toil in our ACTIONS. What is your stance physically? And what is your stance (attitude) mentally- toward life? USA Shaolin Temple points you to the door of wisdom, but ultimately shows you that it is the learner who must walk through the door on their own and have the courage and humility to grow. This lesson of personal responsibility has been an asset to my life in too many ways. Much love and appreciation for these people and the temple which exists in our hearts and minds. Amituofo.
Often I hear people say that an event changed their lives. I have had events that I believe directed the course of my life at one point or another. However, my experience with USA Shaolin temple has allowed me to think differently. If you consider a life to be the linking of memorable and timely events, the teachings I have received from training at the temple have not changed my life, but rather helped me understand it. The group is eclectic and truly open to experiencing life and all its wonder. Whether you are a seeker of truth, a traveler through space and time, an embodied spirit, or simply after an all-out ass-kicking (and lifting) workout there is something for you on that green carpet.