Living and training in the Shaolin Temple Europe



Shaolin Discipleship Brochure (ENGLISH VERSION)



What does Discipleship mean?

Discipleship means, that you are living and training in the Shaolin Temple Europe under the conditions and regulations of a monk or nun. It also means, that you are getting to know and study more about Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, as well as Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and other “Shaolin” arts.

One could call it experiencing a school of life. As a disciple you have the same daily schedule and structure as that, prescribed for novices, monks and nuns.

Furthermore you get the chance to get to know the community of the monastery and discuss the option of eventually becoming a novice of the Shaolin Temple Europe.

What to expect?

Education and study in the theoretical areas:

  • Buddhism
  • Taoism, Confucianism, Comparative Religious Studies
  • Chinese Culture, History, Philosophy and Folk Religion
  • Martial Arts Theory 

Intensive training in the practical arts

  • Shaolin Kung Fu and Qi Gong
  • Meditation

Insights into various areas:

  • Tai Chi, Wu Xing / Transformation Phases, etc.

Living together in the community and sangha of the Shaolin Temple Europe


Our daily schedule:

As usual in a monastery, the daily schedule is strictly structured. It is important to know that there is strict discipline.

Below you will find a typical daily schedule:

Mon. – Fri.

6.00 a.m.               Morning unit

8.00 a.m.               Bathroom time and breakfast

08.45 a.m.            Morning ceremony

09.00 a.m.            Theory classes

11.00 a.m.            Working time

13.00 p.m.            Lunch / Break

15.00 p.m             Afternoon class

18.00 p.m.            Dinner

19.00 p.m.            Evening class

21.00 p.m.            Evening ceremony

22.00 p.m.            Noble Silence

On Saturdays, half the day and on Sundays the whole day is free of training and classes (with a few exceptions).

Every year, there are about 2 – 3 weeks of vacation during Christmas and New Year’s. 



  • You are interested and willed to live a life style like the one lived by Shaolin monks and nuns?
  • You accept to live under monk respectively novice conditions?
  • You accept the Buddhist teaching and are willed to follow it?
  • You are at least 18 years old or you are 16 years or older and have the unlimited approval of your parents?
  • You are in excellent physical and mental condition and can endure a lot of physical and psychological stress?
  • You have no criminal record, you are single and have no obligations towards children of your own?
  • You are willing to accept the rules of the Order and adhere to them, and to accept your place in the hierarchy of the Order?
  • You speak German and/or English?


Goal / What comes after the Discipleship:

The Discipleship lasts for a period of two years.

After the discipleship, you get the chance to obtain a course instructor certificate for Kung Fu and Qi Gong as well as for Buddhism, which will allow you to teach the knowledge you have gained to other people, even outside the monastery.

You also gain the possibility to become a lay monk/ nun (Bodhisattva ordination) or even a novice of the Shaolin Temple Europe (provided the leadership of the Order considers the candidate suitable for this).

Discipleship is completed after 2 years and an extension of the training is not intended.

The costs:

Disciples pay a fee for their training similar to a tuition fee, as a membership contribution to the Order:

  • €300 per month for 24 months, which is a total of €7,200, payable at the beginning of each month.
  • Or €6,600 if the total amount is paid during the first year; however, the first payment has to be made in the first month.
  • Or a one-time payment of €6,000 if the amount is paid in full before the start of the training.

In addition, there is a one-time registration fee of € 500.

The costs include meals, accommodation (shared room), teaching materials, etc. Health insurance must be paid on your own, similar to attending a boarding school or going to university. Proof of health insurance must be presented.


The rules that apply:

As long as you are in the monastery, Disciples shall adhere to the laws and rules of the Order of Shaolin and the Vinaya (Buddhist regulatory framework).

Some of these rules are:

1.)   No killing

2.)   No stealing

3.)   No drugs that cloud one’s senses

4.)   No sexual activities and no sexual contacts

5.)   No lies

6.)   No jewelry and no cosmetics

7.)   No material luxury

8.)   No worldly pleasures

9.)   No eating separate from the Order

10.)No accumulation of property and money

Even outside the monastery, the Order expects you to lead a moral life.



Your application must include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae in a tabular form (printed if possible)
  • Photo(s) – several photos can be submitted
  • If the applicant is already a Buddhist, confirmation by the temple or teacher in whose care he has been to date that this is the case. If he is not, a declaration that he is willing to join Buddhism
  • Police certificate of good conduct (not older than 3 months)
  • Medical health certificate for high-performance sports. This must include information that the candidate has no restrictions in this regard. The examining physician must be relieved of his duty not to disclose information about the candidate.
  • All existing school and vocational training degrees, diplomas, reference letters, etc.
  • All other documents that the candidate believes can help us get an impression of him


Application process:

When we receive your application, we will check if you are eligible. If this is the case:

  • You will be invited to an interview
  • If the interview is positive, you will be invited for 1 week to stay in the monastery in order to get to know each other
  • If this is also positive, you will be invited to begin the discipleship on the next starting date.

(The first three months are a trial period.)

Starting dates:

The starting dates are:

  • The first weekday after the 1st of January of each year
  • The 1st of July of each year

Interested? Then send us your application now to become a Disciple at the Shaolin Temple Europe!

Detailed information about the application, the prerequisites, and the rules of our Order as well as FAQs can be found on our homepage: