Shaolin Zen

Shaolin Zen CyberTemple

I founded this ONLINE Temple of the ORIGINAL Zen Buddhism (Chan Buddhism) in 1999 at   I used this website to teach my children the Original Buddhism of Shakyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) and the Original Zen Buddhism of the Shaolin Temple in China.  I also used this as the source material of the first podcasts in 2006 of the Zen Buddhist Podcast of Shaolin Zen.  By reading the material on this website and discussing it with additional stories of my life as a Mr. Mom I created an enormous following.

I apologize for all those who may have felt abandoned when I became a homeless monk and could no longer afford the hosting fees to maintain my podcasts.  I learned a lot from devoting my life to raising my children.  I also learned that my expectations of my children being an investment in my future was wrong.  I truly enjoyed raising them and being with them 24/7 as a Mr. Mom.  But I had expectations.  Yes, there’s that word we consider to be the birth of suffering.  So I suffered, and learned.  I can’t regret the love and compassion and satisfaction I had while raising my children.  Some of those years as a Mr. Mom were the best of my life.  But filial piety is not to be expected in our modern world.  I’ve learned accordingly and look forward to sharing my illumination and enlightenment from what I’ve accordingly learned by experience and what I WISH I KNEW BEFORE THESE EXPERIENCES.

I enjoy counseling my students and their families and now I know a lot more from experience and study.  I look forward to helping my students, friends and listeners be more successful in their lives as I continually improve my own life.  (Which is a really cool life!!!)

In fact: (last update?) After contracting Covid-19 during summer of 2020 I stopped filming videos for several months.  I had to reevaluate and decide how to put / keep / add Shaolin Kung Fu into my daily life.  My Shaolin lifestyle.  After spending a few months without Shaolin Kung Fu I am DEDICATED to doing Shaolin Kung Fu DAILY (for new reasons) and realize that any day without Shaolin Kung Fu is a day of less accomplishment and maintenance  of my Shaolin Lifestyle.  This is Noble Truth #4.  Shaolin Kung Fu is my Noble Truth #4.  What’s that?  I look forward to explaining…


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ShaolinZen.TV is New Website of Shaolin Communications

Lancaster, California.  Shaolin Digital.  Rich Connor is the “Singing Webmaster” of Shaolin Digital is the web design and internet enterprise of Shaolin Communications.  Rich Connor has been launching the first ten WordPress websites of Shaolin Communications since 2018 on the computers at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Compton, California.

As several of these ten WordPress websites are being completed, it seemed odd to shift focus to another website.  I searched through all my business plans and marketing plans I’ve designed since moving to Lancaster in October, 2019.


I’m finishing my “Vision Quest” which isn’t really an annual event, but I’m very acutely aware of it every year at this time.  It was in 1994 that I had my first “Hanblechia” at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

This year it kind of happened.  Living on the street the past six years made privacy extinct.  Comfort, peace, quiet, and serenity, didn’t even exist in the confines of my car as it rocked side to side when cars would drive by…

This year I allowed myself to enjoy my privacy.  Yeah, it’s been the Covid-19 lockdown, but I’ve got nowhere to go and no friends to visit.  With the death of Oscar Barrera I don’t even have any friends to talk to.

So my Vision Quest just kind of happened.  After a couple weeks, I realized I had several unresolved objectives… and then I realized I was searching for a MOTIVATION to accomplish my objectives.

I wasn’t planning to lay out my Vision Quest here, but I realized how my life has always been motivated by jobs, kids, wives, girlfriends, projects, assignments, classes… and that I was mostly a very obedient worker and excellent student.  Okay.  So what.  Who am I?

It took a couple more weeks to discover the answer.  I’m still wrestling with it.

One of the answers was, “LAUNCH ShaolinZen.TV.”


“MAKE THAT your primary website.”


I argued with God a little but he was not impressed with my ineptitude, laziness, or lack of resources to launch this website…

Finally.  I acquiesced.  (I’m not a pushover for any God…)

So I’ve been working on ShaolinZen.TV

Since Shaolin Zen Television is actually an offshoot of the Shaolin Zen CyberTemple at — I decided to offer the Buddhism classes as podcasts and video series…  And stuff I haven’t decided on yet… Because my Vision Quest said to…

In fact, I went another level and decided to use the same LifterLMS Learning Management Software of our Shaolin Chi Mantis school and use it on ShaolinZen.TV also to make a better student atmosphere with QUIZZES and PROGRAMS and MEMBERSHIPS… ALL FOR FREE.

Yeah.  I hope I’ll sell some stuff.  But the classes and all the programs are going to always be FREE.  Seems more Buddhist that way!

So here’s ShaolinZen.TV

(Check it out!)

And here’s the other ten WordPress Websites I’m working on:


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