The Shaolin Temple, known as the cradle of Chinese kung fu, will stage its first cultural festival in the US as part of efforts to expand its global clout. It is scheduled from Oct 8 to 14 in Los Angeles, said Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Buddhist temple in Dengfeng. Shi said the temple has over a million followers in North America.
Shaolin kung fu has gained worldwide popularity through the success of Chinese kung fu movies, particularly those filmed in the 1970s.
The temple, which has more than 300 locally registered monks, also has more than 40 overseas culture centres, mostly in the US and Europe. Shi said he expects a boom in Buddhism’s popularity in the west and believes that the religion can blend well with western culture. In order to bring Shaolin martial arts to a wider audience, Shi has joined hands with a Beijing-based film company to shoot a 3D remake of the 1982 blockbuster Shaolin Temple .