“This is number one of the Tao Te Ching. I think my numbers correspond–to what everybody’s doing now. I didn’t have any reason to…” Move any of these numbered wisdoms around. “I was trying to be respectful of Lao Tzu. I think he would like what I have done.”
“Like I said, another Taoist mentor, master actually, read this book and said he liked it so much that he was going to take ideas from it for his book.”
“I think I have grasped Lao Tzu. I really do.”
Nature is the undefinable source of all life. We attempt to distinguish it as “Chi” But this represents Nature as much as a leaf represents a tree.
Buddha Z discusses multiverses, and worlds within our world… within a bacteria… within a molecule… “Like Antman… He’s going down into those sub-realities.”
Buddha Zhen offers an informal overview with his speculations about: “Who was Lao Tzu,” the author of Tao Te Ching?
Buddha Zhen seeks to make Taoism understandable for Americans. So he calls Lao Tzu’s only written work, the Book of Changes. Buddha Zhen also uses the American word, “Nature,” with a capital “N” to represent “Mother Nature.” This Mother Nature concept we westerners share is close to the meaning of “The Tao” or “Natural Order.”
“As the accidental founder of Taoism, he has been heralded and Sainted…”
“I read that he was a contemporary and possibly a friend of Confucius. (If they were people ‘say’ they didn’t get along.) What a great combination they make! Confucius explains the “Tao of Family…” and Lao Tzu teaches the “Tao of Nature,” which is the bigger picture… By combining these two philosophers we created the “Tao of Social Order.”
“This book, Tao of Taoism, is a study of the words of Lao Tzu. My interpretations of several translations of the Tao Te Ching… Incorporating thee wisdoms into my Shaolin Chi Mantis Kung Fu schools provided a unique opportunity to improve the lives
of my students by helping them put there interpretations into practice and viewing their validity. Watching my students improve their way of thinking also inspired me to make this book public, to benefit as many people I possibly can.
Buddha Zhen still claims to be rehearsing for his ‘real’ audiobook production.
Buddha Zhen reads his 5-line poem:
The Dao is Nature The Dao is our Path in life. The DAO is our Way of travelling our path. The Dao is our Natural way that reality unfold or reacts. The Dao is different for each of us because each of us have a different awareness of it.
Buddha Z explains the Tao of Naure as, “Like being in a bolw of soup. Nature. Whatever’s happening in that bolw of soup is Nature. That’s the nature. The Tao is Nature. So wehatever is happening around you: That’s Nature.
“Your Tao. Not my Tao. Your Tao becomes that path through that soup. That’s your Tao. So you’ve got whatever’s around you…”
Interesting perspective: “Life is a bowl of soup.”
“When we get smarter people who are not as violent and ‘idiotic’–I’m not sure what the word is: We will hot have any more wars and a lot less suffering.
Buddha Z reads “Explanation” page of his book. It starts with an explanation of, “This ebook version of Tao of Taoism uses both “Tao”, which is Cantonese, and also, “Dao,” which is the current Mandarin Chinese language of China. They are the same word with the same meaning,” (“Tao and Dao”).
“Self-discovery is the last frontier for the smartest of men and women.. This book is a journey down your own very unique “Last Frontier.””
“How much time do you spend exploring your inner you?”
“It’s about Zen Buddhism teaching you how to find yourself–And then you can reshape yourself into other people.”
“Zen Buddhism is about understanding other people from as many perspectives as possible. And view yourself from as many perspectives as possible.”
Buddha Z talks about his poetry class in San Diego State University.
Buddha Zhen talks about how Lao Tzu may not be translated accurately by anyone because they may not understand the colloquial meanings of his statements 2,200 years ago.
Buddha Zhen also explains how only the disciples of Bodhidharma can perform the One-handed Bow of the Shaolin Temple because it signifies the relationship between the FIRST disciple of Bodhidharma and of those who continue this lineage of disciples of Buddhism to the first disciple, Hui Ke. If you aren’t ready to teach Shaolin Kung Fu or you don’t belong to a Shaolin master… you should not deceive people with this spiritual gesture.
“So what happened was–his Disciple Hui Ke–he tricked him. He tricked Bodhidharma to become the first Shaolin Disciple… He cut his arm. He went to his [Bodhidharma’s] cave and outside the cave he cut his arm and it bled into the snow. And he said, “Look, it’s raining red–in the snow. So Bodhidharm said, “Alright–you win.””
Buddha Z gets a little teary eyed. “So that’s what we’re doing. We’re honoring his sacrifice.” Buddha Z pauses. “I got a little choked up there.”
He continues, “I originally wrote this book for myself, then realized it was useful for other people. Then I rewrote it again when I created my Shaolin Chi Mantis schools in 1993 into a student manual for psychoanalyzing yourself, to help students develop a dialogue with their own inner minds.”
“It’s interesting I put that in the plural. It’s only in the last two years I discovered that we actually are four… souls is what I’m calling theem. Four different identities that all stack and work together.”
Buddha Z elaborates on his 5 SOUL THEORY. “You can only have four of them. Most people only have two.”
Buddha Zhen holds the book up to camera to show his Chinese ‘chop’ which is the red ‘dragon blood’ stamp on the page with his Chinese name. He explains which characters represent:
Zhen: family name = “Truth”
Shen: means “Spirit” or “Spiritual” but not ‘ghost’
Lang: “Wolf” (Master Chen explained to Richard Del Connor, “We don’t have Coyotes in China–only wolves.”)
Spirit Wolf of Truth = Buddha Z’s Buddhist name: Shen-Lang Zhen.