Originally named Liu Yingcheng, was born in 1965, in Yingshang, Anhui Province. Ordained in 1981, he was the disciple of the previous abbot Xingzheng.
Master Yong Xin took office in August 1999 and is currently the 30th generation Abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple in China, the vice president of China Buddhism Association, the president of Henan province Buddhism Association, and also the representative of the 9th and 10th annual National People’s Congress of China.
In order to protect the Shaolin Kungfu’s profound culture with a history of 1500 years, in 2002 Abbot Yong Xin organized and initiated the registration under the UN Education and Science Organization of Shaolin Kungfu. Shaolin Orphan Center was open in 2003 to support the “Thousand-orphan and Light-opening” project.
Abbot Yongxin has been making extraordinary contributions to the development of Shaolin Temple as well as greatly spreading of Shaolin culture around the world