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释永信方丈简介

​释永信方丈,俗名刘应成,生于1965年,安徽颍上人。1981年到少林寺,礼第二十九代方丈释行正长老为师。1987年,行正长老圆寂,承师衣钵,接任少林寺管委会主任,全面主持寺院事务。1999年,荣膺少林寺方丈。1998年7月至今,当选为河南省佛教协会会长。2002年9月至今,当选为中国佛教协会副会长。1998年3月至今,连续当选为第九届、第十届、第十一届、第十二届全国人大代表。

释永信方丈住持少林寺以来,带领少林僧团,坚守正信正行、深入经藏、广播法雨;整修寺院,重整纲纪;先后组建少林寺武僧团,成立少林慈善福利基金会,创办《禅露》杂志,开设少林寺网站,创立少林慈幼院;整理、挖掘少林文化,创立“少林学”;在大力弘扬佛法的同时,注重恢复佛教传统文化,恢复少林药局,恢复少林寺禅堂,举办禅七法会、少林问禅、三坛大戒传戒法会、佛医论坛、水陆法会等;开展各类文化交流活动,推动少林文化“走出去”等,为少林寺的发展和少林文化的传播做出了重大贡献。释永信方丈严持毗尼,精进不懈,解行并重。为培养年轻僧才,先后输送数百位僧人到海外及全国佛学院、大学学习进修,参学各地寺院、住山修行,成就了诸多佛教后学。为进一步恢复河南佛教,法师积极筹资修建少林寺下院,重建新密超化寺、荥阳洞林寺、商丘观音寺、登封水峪寺、巩义慈云寺、三门峡空相寺等下院已颇具规模及影响力。在对外交流方面,释永信方丈提倡“中国佛教走出去”。在德国柏林、英国伦敦、美国洛杉矶、纽约、澳大利亚等四十多个国家和地区建立海外文化交流中心,让世界各国人民了解少林,认识少林。释永信方丈还以慈悲喜舍的四无量心,开展不同宗教之间的对话,积极参与国际宗教交流,也让不同宗教信仰的人得益于中国佛教的智慧。同时,释永信方丈以“慈悲喜舍,成就未来”的大愿,创办了少林慈幼院,先后收养数百位孤儿,让他们有一个幸福温暖的成长环境,资助上千位贫困学子得以完成学业。 


Ven. Shi Yongxin, originally named Liu Yingcheng, was born into a family in Yingshang, Anhui Province in 1965. In 1981, he made his way to Songshan Shaolin Temple at age 17. There he converted to the Three Jewels and received the Dharma name Yongxin under the discipleship of Former Abbot Xingzheng. After three years’ studies and cultivations in other Buddhist monasteries, he returned to the monastery in 1984 and assisted the abbot and the elders with daily operations at Shaolin Temple. In September, he received full ordination at Pu Zhao Monastery, Jiangxi Province. The former Abbot Xingzheng passed away in 1987. Taking the ceremonial alms-bowl and robes on his shoulder (a symbol for the Dharma transmission), Master Yongxin took over the Shaolin Temple Management Committee and started to run the monastery.    March 1993, he was elected as Henan Provincial Political Consultative Committee and appointed as Director of Buddhist Association of China that October.   1997 he was re-appointed as the director of Shaolin Temple Management Committee and presided over Shaolin Temple.   March 1998, he was elected as representative of the Ninth National People’s Congress and Chairman of the Henan Province Buddhist Association that July.   August 1999, he was inaugurated as Shaolin Abbot in the Inaugural Ceremony.  September 2002, he was elected as Vice Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China   March 2003 and 2008, he was respectively elected as representative of the Tenth National People’s Congress and representative of the Eleventh National People’s Congress.   February 2010, Ven. Yongxin was elected as Director of Overseas Communication Committee of Buddhist Association of China.   Ven. Abbot Yongxin has been tirelessly protecting and reviving the tangible and intangible heritage of Shaolin Temple. He has done a great deal of work for Shaolin from renovating the ancient architectures to compiling and classifying classic books of Shaolin Temple, such as The Secret Book of Shaolin Kung Fu and Medicine, Shaolin Kungfu and Works of Shaolin Kungfu, Chan Dew Collections, Selected Papers on Shaolin Study, Shaolin in My Heart, etc. To bring Shaolin culture to the worldwide Shaolin enthusiasts, he has promoted various Buddhist activities and engaged in domestic and foreign cultural exchanges. Abbot Yongxin has been contributing to the development of Shaolin Temple and spread of Shaolin culture.


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