Venerable Shi Guolin
Venerable Guolin, abbot of the U.S. Shaolin Temple and President of the Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters, was converted to Buddhism at the age of 15. Since then he has dedicated himself whole-heartedly to learning, practicing, spreading and developing the Shaolin tradition for more than 20 years and won the reputation of Iron Arhat. Shi Guolin is well versed in Taoism and Confuscianism as well as Buddhism. He was the head coach of martial arts at the Shaolin headquarters in China. He is the successor disciple of the present abbot Master Monk Yong Xin and was assigned to be the inheritor of the 34th generation of the Shaolin tradition.
Fascinated by the diversities of culture and religion in the United States, he decided to share the Shaolin heritage with people living in this country and came to New York in 1992. Since then the number of his disciples and students has increased and is still increasing with each passing day.