Buddha Zhen in Utah 1994
Buddha Zhen

Buddhist Scientist,
American Philospher,
Poet, Novelist, Essayist,
Composer, Musician,
Kung Fu Shifu,
Tai Chi Master,


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Buddhism in Shaolin Zen

Entrance to original Shaolin Temple on Mt. Songshan

I studied Buddhism for years. I collected what was useful, and organized chapters in notebooks. 1967 -1997.

Buddhism is a science.

Buddhism is supposed to work. "If it doesn't work -- throw it away," said the Original Buddha.

After 2,500 years of road testing, Buddhism still works.

Buddhism worked 2,000 years ago. Buddhism works now.

Works?  How?

I applied it to my students, interns, friends, and family on a daily basis. I tested the Buddhism by sharing it.

I was amazed. Buddhism makes people smarter. Buddhism makes people independent. Buddhism makes people more sociable.

When I was younger, in elementary school, I hung out at the San Diego Zoo. After years of studying and watching the animals, I turned my gaze to the tourists, the two legged animals of the San Diego Zoo. I became a Buddhist Scientist.

My Buddhism is a rare one. I refer it to as, "the original Zen Buddhism," because I combine the Kung Fu back with the Chan Buddhism of the Shaolin Temple and Patriarch, Bodhidharma.

This combination of the mental and physical discipline, is what I have found makes my Buddhism effective. It is mind and body training. The Buddhism is only psychology. The Kung Fu is only dancing. But psychological dancing--that's a whole new ball game.

I train minds by training bodies.

I train bodies by training minds.

Add to that, the flavor or me, and you have Shaolin Zen.

Better yet, I organized the Buddhism to be taught with my Kung Fu and Tai Chi lessons. I was able to see how the same information affected different people. This led me to being a "Buddhist Scientist."

I was able to measure how much Buddhism the people were absorbing through my testing and bookwork requirements. I had data.

I was also able to see how it didn't work. Buddhism has no magic. Buddhism has no zombie or afterlife powers. Buddhism is mental science. Buddhism is the science of the mind. How we think. How we act. How we live. How we die. Buddhism attempts to guide each person to the best answers. Buddhism realizes different answers work better for different people.

I've also seen lives improved by Buddhism be ruined when the Buddhism was removed. More proof of the valuable effects of Buddhism.

Yes they call me a monk. I've lived in poverty and without a sex life for many years -- but not on purpose.

Yes I've been a priest. I've guided people spiritually, conducted rituals and healings -- as best I could.

Yes I've done healings. I'm just finely tuned, which makes me more sensitive and aware, which makes me able to diagnose a little better than most people -- but no miracles.

When I was undergoing physical therapy, my therapist was in some amount of pain, but not from therapy. I asked her what was wrong. She said, "I've had these pains in my lower back."

I asked her if I could do an ENERGY READING on her. She smiled and said, "Sure." I put my hands near her and moved them around slightly where she had pointed. I explained to her, "I'm not a doctor, and I'm not very good at anatomy, but I sense a dark cold spot right here," I pointed.

Some weeks later she bounced over to me in my therapy session and with big happy eyes said, "I told my doctor what you said, so he put me in an MRI and YOU WERE RIGHT! There was a tumor on my fallopian tube, right where you pointed. They removed it and I'm going to be fine. THANK YOU SO MUCH!"

But that's the extent of it. I can read energies and the lack of energies. I'm just a big human geiger counter. These energy flow assessments of mine have helped a few of my students also.

So I'm more than a practitioner of Buddhism. I've been a Buddhist Doctor, applying Buddhist principles as a way of improving people's lives, and been very successful at it.

I'm a Buddhist Teacher, who has organized his Buddhist teachings, "dharma," into curriculums and programs that are entertaining, and enlightening, and exercising. I have figured out how to REALLY balance the mind/body/spirit of my students and disciples.

I am a Buddhist Scientist, who has studied and collected data and information and statistics to better understand how Americans can be taught the best principles of Buddhism, in a manner that Americans can utilize in their daily lives.

Make time for Kung FuIn 2008, I also made a compromise or adjustment to my curriculums for all those people who, "don't have time to..." I created the 12 Step 12 Week Kung Fu Bootcamp. One hour classes, once per week. If you don't have that much time, you're already dead.

Buddhism and Kung Fu on the InternetSince I truly want to, "save the world," or at least, "improve the world," I am hoping to reach as many people as possible in the upcoming videos at shaolinINTERACTIVE.com

These 66 videos will include as much Buddhism as possible in the Kung Fu and Tai Chi lessons.

These will pave the way to my original goals of 1999 when I storyboarded the 88 Dharma Trails of Shaolin Chi Mantis.

Now, March 2010, I've been noticing that thousands of people have been visiting my ACTzen.com website. This is a FREE self-help website that I designed based up helping, guiding, counseling, and healing hundreds of Kung Fu and Tai Chi students. It also incorporated some of my UCLA screenwriting concepts, movie acting, and movie directing tricks. Just to make sure it works, I underwent the entire program in a long series of podcasts at CoyoteRadio.NET in the LEVEL 2 series. THIS WEBSITE REALLY WORKS if you do the work I tell you to do. It really helped me personally.

I keep thinking of more things and activities I'm doing to improve the world. Unfortunately, most of this work, I do for free. I haven't owned a car in years. I need some new shoes...

Donations accepted.

Love you all.

  Chinese chop of Shifu Zhen Shen-Lang
  Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang
  Patriarch, Shaolin Zen