Shaolin Rainer


Over 30 years ago, I went to the world-famous Shaolin Temple in China, lived with the monks for a long time, made friends, learned Kung Fu and came into contact with the Buddha's teaching. When the abbot commissioned me to found the Shaolin Temple Germany, the spirit of the great teacher came closer and closer to me.

The book "Shaolin Rainer" was created by the persistence of the author Karl Kronmüller. He kept asking if I didn't want to give him 'material', he found my life story so interesting. I kept saying 'no', he kept asking, at some point I gave in. Today the book is available and I am proud of it.

This blog, lectures and readings emerged from the book.


My life

My training, my thoughts

In my view, Buddhism is not a religion, it is a philosophy and worldview. Buddha never felt like God, and there is none in my worldview. But there are forces in the universe, and these can be brought closer to us by the great teachers. And the world has seen many, whether Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha, Gandhi or Bodhidharma. These people were connected to the universe, which bystanders then associated with divine qualities. All great teachers had roughly the same beliefs, with different approaches, but comparable.
“You shouldn't” is a Christian term. In Buddhism, these principles are also the core of the teaching. The great teachers put these sentences in the foreground. It was only later that they were watered down by "false prophets", sometimes even reversed.

This book will accompany you throughout your life.

The focus is not only on the drama of the course of life, but on the lessons to be drawn from it in order to come to terms with it again.

Light movement exercises that can be used permanently, for fitness into old age. Combat positions for successful self-defense.

With nutritional recipes from the first source to the ideal weight.

Short meditation for better concentration.

Not just one book out of many.

A book for your time, which you no longer want to do without.

Personal protection against all kinds of negative events.

Shaolin Rainer - the first German recognized Shaolin - gives you all this on the way.

My friends


I would like to thank all of my friends and acquaintances who accompanied me through my life and have followed to this day. These are: my parents and daughter, my master Shi Yan Zi, the abbot Shi Yong Xin, Taema, Ta, Tian Tian & FHY, Georg, Rolf Liem, Carsten Ernst, Shi Heng Zong, Melena, Carsten Römer, Jan R., Bin, Heinz, Yannis, Lufti, Michail, Peter, Sven, Ümi, Tien Sy, Stefan Hammer, Andre Mewis, Billy, Traudi, Rainer Hackl, Hurz, Romano, Martin, Ashley, Dr. Thing. Special thanks go to my friend Karl Kronmüller. He always reminded me that today's times also need a positive story.

Shi Yong Xin

Shi Yong Xin

Abbot Shaolin Temple China

Shi Yan Zi

Shi Yan Zi

Senior Master Shaolin Temple UK

Shi Heng Zong

Shi Heng Zong

Abbot Shaolin Tempel Kaiserslautern

Shi Heng Yi

Shi Heng Yi

Chief Master of Shaolin Temple Kaiserslautern

 My master Shi Yan Zi

The iron monk

The encounter with Yan Zi changed my life a lot. When I spoke to him at the monastery at the time, I didn't know what immense changes this brief moment would have for me. Today Shi Yan Zi leads the Shaolin Temple in England on behalf of the venerable Abbot Shi Yong Xin. Shifu (Master) Shi Yan Zi, is one of the abbot's high school students and a leading GongFu master among the 34th generation Shaolin monks. Shi Yan Zi was educated at the Martial Arts College of Shaolin in 1983 and became a direct student of Abbot Shi Yong Xin in 1987.

Avoiding all wrongdoing, creating all good, purifying the senses. This is the Buddha's constant costume.


So Buddhism teaches us responsibility, it shows us that we are entirely responsible for what we do and what we don't, and we cannot blame anyone else for it; that we have to achieve things through our own strength and effort. Buddha shows us a way, but we have to go it ourselves.




Master Shi Yan Yi:


I cannot judge whether my story is interesting for you.

I lived and existed, accepted the challenges, despondent, but always struggled to my feet. A repetition is not possible. I do not want to hide the fact that I am proud of something. Perhaps you can also feel positive things here and take them with you in your thoughts.