Richard Del Connor “Buddha Zhen” has transformed the ancient Shaolin Zen Buddhism into programs that include the Tai Chi Chuan of Taoism and the mystical warrior arts of China into relevant lessons for contemporary minds.
Buddha Zhen began his Shaolin Journey in 1980 at the Sil Lum White Lotus System of Grandmaster Douglas Wong in Panorama City, California.
In 1981 Buddha Zhen, then known as Richard O’Connor, joined the Tai Mantis Federation school of Grandmaster Dr. Kam Yuen. He graduated in 1984 with the founding of Shaolin Communications.
In 1992 Zhen Shen-Lang founded the Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu and Taijiquan schools in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1996 Buddha Zhen founded the Tai Chi Youth nonprofit education organization with programs in prisons, rehabilitation centers, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and the Salt Lake Continuing Education Program.
In 2001 Buddha Zhen was bitten for many hours by a large female black widow in his clothing. His feet swelled up so large his toes were unseen. By 2008 Buddha Zhen recovered to full fitness and founded the Buddha Kung Fu schools in Tujunga, California. Using his Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kung Fu, Buddha Zhen had recovered beyond the health his doctors said he would be limited. The black widow had caused severe heart damage. Buddha Zhen made a full recovery.
Buddha Zhen has pursued the philosophies of China to understand the deeper dimensions of life and human existence. These teachings have inspired students of all ages to improve their lives and cease self-destructive behaviors.
The self-transformations that Buddha Zhen accomplishes require more than the physical yoga, punching, jumping and kicking. The book readings in each class provide the intellectual and spiritual information for each person to utilize as they apply to their own lives. It is the combination of the Kung Fu and learning the wisdom of the ancient belief systems than offer methods for self-transformation.