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少林寺 is the full title of the Shaolin Temple.
This refers to the Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks.
少林寺 is also known in Japanese where they use the same characters but romanize it as Shourinji or Shōrinji.
Some believe this monastery and temple represent the place where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years leading to his discovery of enlightenment and establishment of Buddhism.
林 refers to a small forest, a grove, a thicket, or the woods.
In Chinese, this can be the surname Lin. It's also the lin in Shaolin (referring to the monks of the Shaolin temple).
The symbology of this character is two trees side-by-side. Take a look, you can see the tree figures.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your shaolin temple search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shào lín sì / shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin ssu
shourinji / shorinji しょうりんじ
| Shaolin Temple, Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks
(place-name) Shaolin Temple (China); Shourinji
The monastery at 少室 in 登封 Dengfeng xian, Henanfu, where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years; Shaolin Temple
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| miàn bì jiǔ nián / mian4 bi4 jiu3 nian2
mien pi chiu nien
| (Buddhist term) (yoji) facing a wall for nine years in meditation (by Bodhidharma at Shaolin Temple)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Shaolin Temple||少林寺||shou rin ji|
sho rin ji
|shào lín sì
shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin si
|shao lin ssu
|Shorin Ji Ryu||少林寺流||shou rin ji ryuu|
sho rin ji ryu
|Small Forest||林||rin||lín / lin2 / lin|
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