Helping Each Other Live a Peaceful Life
November 29, 2009
FAITH IN THE CITY:
Compiled by Maxine Simpson
USA SHAOLIN TEMPLE
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: Three
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.
Contact: (212) 358 – 7876;