Audio slide show: Shaolin Buddhist Temple in Sherman Oaks
Italian-born Franco Testini, whose formal temple name is Shifu Shi Yan Fan, is the first Westerner to be accepted into the elite of the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple in China.
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