Shaolin Zen Buddhism includes Shaolin Kung Fu. This is a lifestyle of health and happiness. Shaolin Kung Fu includes Zen Buddhism or it’s just a hollow shell of gymnastic exercises.
The Shaolin Buddhist Temple on Mt. Songshan is where Bodhidharma retired to create the original Zen Buddhism (“Chan” Buddhism in Chinese) and the original Shaolin Kung Fu based on his Indian martial arts training (Kalaripayattu).
The Shaolin Temple was burned down a couple times and the original books by Bodhidharma were destroyed. For better and worse this led to Shaolin Kung Fu evolving over the past 1,000 years. This Shaolin Zen Temple founded by me, Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang “Spirit Wolf of Truth,” is based upon the Shaolin Kung Fu of 1,000 years ago after a couple major evolutions of style and influences. The weapons I teach are the weapons of 1,000 years ago in China. These Kung Fu “dances” that I call “forms” require great effort and a lot of time to master. Hence my translation of “Kung Fu” to mean “Time & Energy.” This dedication of the student to learn these complicated and difficult routines result in the mastery of the body and control of the mind.
In order to create more than an athlete, all my schools and programs also include the Zen Buddhism of the Shaolin Temple and other philosophies of ancient China including Taoism, Confucianism and Strategy based upon the book Art Of War by Sun Tzu.
This combination of Shaolin Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu has produced more famous and incredible heroes than any other martial arts system. Without the Zen Buddhism an athlete is a superior thug. Without the Taoism the athlete will not harmonize with reality in health and contentment. Without the Confucianism the athlete will be a security guard or leg-breaker. Without Strategy the athlete will not achieve noble goals or be selective in his ambitions. By combining all these abilities and awareness I have proven that these ancient wisdoms make life better for the student and all the persons in that student’s environment.
Shaolin Chi Mantis SLOGAN: “The ultimate self-defense is self-awareness.”
Most importantly, there is NO SPARRING in any of my schools. My students have proven that these Shaolin Kung Fu moves work in real life self-defense situations. One of my students called to tell me he was attacked in a parking garage by three criminals. The first one attacked him with a knife. The other two had to carry him out of the parking garage with a broken leg. A couple of female students have also contacted me to tell me they had defended themselves against rape attacks. In fact, my highest ranking students are women because of our NO SPARRING rule. There has also never been a broken bone or even a dislocation in any of my classes since 1984 when I began teaching.
Want to be a hero? Learn my traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Taoist Tai Chi Chuan and Confucian Strategy. I have taught in prisons and drug rehabilitation centers with better results than any other program I know of. After teaching at the maximum security prison I checked back several years later and the prison informed me that instead of 80% of the inmates returning as normal, the recidivism rate was only 20% and one student had become a fugitive only because he would not inform on someone. Several of those prison graduates visited me over the years to give me, “Thank you’s.”
Let’s make the world a better place by making you a better person.
The Zen Buddhist Podcast of Shaolin Zen will illuminate all the above topics. Glad to have you here.
Are you capable of being as physically fit as a 67-year old senior?
Can you do Shaolin Kung Fu and swing a staff as good as an old silver-haired musician with a cat?
Let’s see if you can!
How fit are you?
Incidentally, I’ve trained professional boxers and they were always surprised how much they could learn and how these Kung Fu exercises helped them in the boxing ring. I’ve rehabilitated chemo-therapy people who were shriveled to their bones… And these classes were the reason several people said they did not commit suicide during my years in Utah rehabilitation centers.
Now I need this Shaolin Kung Fu to revitalize my life!
This program is my salvation. I am going to complete this SCM Beginner Program and then MAINTAIN this super-natural health level with my NEW Shaolin Kung Fu LIFESTYLE I am doing for me. Yes, we have to do it for ourselves.
I believe I will be more flexible if I graduate SCM Beginner Program.
I believe I will have more stamina and vitality if I graduate the SCM Beginner Program.
I believe I will LIVE LONGER if I maintain my Shaolin Lifestyle.
I believe I will be LESS LIKELY to die of Covid-19 or any disease if I maintain my Shaolin Lifestyle.
I believe I will ENJOY LIFE MORE if I maintain my Shaolin Lifestyle.
I believe Shaolin Kung Fu is beneficial because I have data to show the results and effects of a Shaolin Lifestyle on hundreds of students.
Because we don’t have sparring, I do not have the pains and joint pains and back pains and broken bone pains of my Karate colleagues who have retired in great suffering. Unfortunately, their martial art made their senior lives painful and miserable.
Exercising is boring. I was homeless at NoHo Park for a few years and saw the exercise programs come and go from there. None of them lasted more than three years. None of these programs had anything new to offer after the first year, and usually nothing new after the first month.
A lifestyle needs to be interesting.
A lifestyle needs to be rewarding. I recommend a Kung Fu lifestyle.
Most people are crappy students at everything but LIFE IS BETTER when LEARNING something. Learn anything. The brain needs exercise.
This SCM BEGINNER PROGRAM has enough information for a lifetime of study and reflection. The Kung Fu is challenging and the classes include philosophy, history, self-awareness and Zen Buddhism.
Challenge yourself. Have some friends join up also so you’ll be motivated even more by the competition of keeping up or getting ahead… See if you can graduate all four semesters to ultimately graduate the SCM Beginner Program. The SCM Beginner Program is equal to a Karate Black Belt.
Just take these four semesters of classes which are each 6-months long — and then two-years later, start at the beginning again. I’ve taught this entire SCM Beginner Program many times and it is too difficult and informative to ever be boring. And even though I wrote the books: I learn many things each time I teach/attend these classes myself. Sometimes I’m surprised how many new things I learn each semester I retake the classes.
Then when YOU ARE 67-years old: Use this program to revitalize your life?
Hey. Hello there. The Daily Taoist here. Here to bring you some more things to hopefully help. Well they’re definitely gonna help you. Even if you don’t think they are. Once you’ve kind of got a good idea. Sometimes you’ve just got to find the time to understand it. And then you’ve got to find another time to implement it. And then you’ve got to find another time to say, “Yeah. That was a good idea because it’s gonna work.” If it doesn’t work you then you’ll be saying, “Ah… That good idea was a bad idea.” [LAUGHS]
Daily Taoist Buddha Zhen here. Richard Del Connor. And we’re reading from my book, the TAO OF TAOISM based on Lao Tzu’s book, THE BOOK OF CHANGES. Or Dao Te Ching.
Here we go. #31b
The left side of our body is a Yin female polarity.
This is China. We’re in China 2,000 years ago in China. So these are all things that made a lot of sense to them. And still do. But anyway, that’s 2,000 years ago.
The left side of our body is a Yin female polarity that will only extend itself in friendship when we trust one another.
So it’s saying this arm over here is — doesn’t always trust you. So the right one…
By offering our left Yin side in friendship we stand alongside the right Yang side of our friend.
So in other words–
Friendship is balanced by trust.
Okay? So in other words really what it’s saying is you’re side by side. As long as you’re facing someone and you’re shaking right hands: Now you’re kind of opposing. You’re both kind of equal. Now, the moment you offer your left hand. See that shifts you over. They put out their right hand and I put out my left, I put over here and I’m facing. So that puts you now side by side.
So the right and so in other words the positive negative Yin Yang…
It’s a very clever little way of kind of– kind of shows something and expounds some other deeper things which I don’t think I really want to get into. Because we’re– But anyway.
The Yin-Yang concepts and female and the– and the hesitation, the trust and the everything–
This is an interesting point: There’s a whole bunch going on. All this is 31b, 31c. I broke it down because there’s so much information in this #31. And I broke it down into these three things.
But this whole thing about the Yin side. The trust. The positive-negative. And being side by side. That means you’re friends. As long as you’re facing each other, you’re not friends. You can be total enemies. When you’re side by side, you’re friends. You have to trust that person. If this person wants to kill you, that’s not the best place to put them. [LAUGHS] You want to have them in front of you where you can see what they’re doing. Wouldn’t want to put them right behind you either.
Okay? See? So anyway, you get the concept.
Here we go. #31b
Describe how you trust people.
Describe HOW you trust people.
How did you develop this trust system?
How did you develop YOUR trust stystem?
How DON’T you trust people?
How don’t you trust people?
There’s certain things you just don’t trust. Everybody draws lines.
Okay. Here we go.
How did this DISTRUST develop?
How did you decide where to draw that line?
HOW did this distrust develop?
Describe your female nature.
Describe your female nature.
Whether a man or woman. Everybody.
Some men are much more feminine than women.
The 5 SOUL THEORY kind of all the sudden illuminates them.
But okay, here we go:
To who is your trust extended unconditionally now?
To WHO is your trust extended UNCONDITIONALLY now?
And I don’t know if I should say anything about this now, but I was actually raised on the wrong interpretation I was raised, “Men had CONDITIONAL love,” and “Women had UNCONDITIONAL love.” And it’s COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE. 100% of the time. Completely the opposite. A woman will only love you when she’s got what she wants and everything’s alright otherwise NO. Totally conditional.
A man, he’s gonna keep loving you no matter what. He’s gonna go to his job and he’s gonna be consistent. He’s the one who’s patterned. The same with his job. He’s content, conditioned. He’s got a mind that has the ability to go to the same place for thirty years and work. Which means he can be with the same woman and go to the same home and work for thirty years too.
So a man has the unconditional ability built into him much more than a woman does. And I was raised, like I said, to believe just the opposite of that. Totally screwed me up. It messed me up. Because I honestly believed that women had unconditional love. So I expected that. I never found it. So I could’ve saved myself a lot of trouble if I wasn’t pursuing a lie.
Where are we? Five minutes. Okay.
To who is your trust extended UNCONDITIONALLY now?
To who are you uncondiditional?
To whom is your trust extended with reservations now?
Certain things you trust entirely but other things…
WHAT do those you trust unconditionally OFFER YOU?
I’ll read it again. What do those you trust UNCONDITIONALLY offer you?
So by trusting them, what does that give you access to?
What do those you SLIGHTLY DISTRUST offer you?
So those you have reservations about–you trust them a little bit–maybe not much but–
But actually, if you only slightly distrust them — that means you mostly trust them. So you mostly trust them, but you slightly distrust them. So, what are you getting from them?
Okay, then I’ve got my suggestions here. Hey only six minutes! That was a good one.
So yes, this goes to the Yin Yang concepts which I’m totally like rethinking and throwing out. And the– and the Chinese they have this belief that this is the Yin side and Yang side. Which is true if you’re right handed. It’s stronger than this side. It does create a Yin and a Yang.
I just realized in Kung Fu training if I make people think that way they’re gonna think this is stronger than this and they become kind of like wieghted over here.
I kind of wiped out that in all my Kung Fu training. We don’t use the Yin Yang. I say, “Move the energy both ways.” It can come in the Yin and go out the Yin. I do everything both ways. We do our exercises, we do our punching–try to do everything even. Most all the Kung Fu is right-handed. It’s like 70-80% right-handed. You know it’s not a complete exact balance of left and right kicks.
So I’ve created extra drills to bring up the left side of the body. So.. anyway, like I’m saying, I have agreements and disputes with the Yin Yang concept. And that’s the Tao. We can find out realistically how to put it. Now don’t impose certain concepts unnaturally onto Nature. [LAUGHS] You know, sometimes– Okay.
But there you go. That was #31b. of the TAO OF TAOISM. Read to you–in fact I’ve got time to read it one more time. Let’s read it one more time.
The left side of our body is a Yin female polarity that will only extend itself in friendship when we trust another.
So it’s saying, unless she trusts you–you’re not going to get anything.
By offering our left Yin side in friendship we stand alongside the right Yang side of our friend. Friendship is balanced by trust.
So remember, friendship is a side by side relationship.