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Shaolin Temple USA Blessing Ceremony

February 10th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Exactly five years ago on February 3, 2008, Shaolin Temple officially opened it’s first branch in Fremont, California. Since then, branches in San Francisco and Herndon (Virginia) have been established. More will follow in coming years. At the 5th anniversary, I got to witness a Buddhist blessing ceremony. While I couldn’t comprehend everything, my understanding was that we should find inner peace and let go all that troubles us. Master Shi Yanran presided over the ceremony with California State Senator Leland Yee, Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, and other community leaders present to lend support. In the video below I caught up with Senator Yee on what Shaolin means for him. Rest are footage I took while observing the ceremony.

If you have interest in kungfu or Shaolin culture, and especially if you are near one of these branch cities, I recommend you reach out. Even for people in China, Shaolin Temple is not that accessible. Instead, the real Shaolin Temple has brought itself to the U.S.!

California State Senator Leland Yee recognizing Shaolin Temple USA for its positive impact to local community.

Master Shi Yanran, who directs Shaolin Temple USA, thanks the community for their support.

Master Shi Yanran begins Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Master Shi Yanran blesses the audience.

Audience paying respect to Buddha

Shi Yanwen sifu leads procession.

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