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Richard Del Connor has been publishing poetry since 1964, performing rock'n'roll since 1967, producing his own albums of music and recited poetry since 1972, and writing novels since 1984.
Richard Connor was known as Richard O'Connor from 1980 to 2007 after seeking to define his betrothal to Rita Wolf by identifying himself with his Irish heritage. He also discovered he was a descendent of the Spanish DeLaVega and Serrano families, German Warner and Settles also. When Richard became a Freemason in 2007 he dropped the "O'" and renewed his legal name of Richard Del CONNOR.
In 1984, while performing his rock opera, Coyote In A Graveyard, Michael J. Fox and the press dubbed him, "The Coyote." In 2007, after dissecting his brain and identity using his self-help website, ACT Zen, he became the happy hippie, "The Hippy Coyote." He also teaches bass, guitar, and singing lessons online.
Richard began studying Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi in 1980 learning Southern Style Sil Lum Gung Fu, then studying at the Tai Mantis Federation school in Torrance, California, where he graduated in 1984 as a "Sifu," or Shifu of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Yang Style and Wang Style Tai Chi, and Northern Praying Mantis Boxing of the Tai Chi Mantis, 7-Star Mantis, and Plum Blossom heritages. His record company, Shaolin Records, was staffed with interns who received free daily Gongfu and Taijiquan lessons. This earned him the Buddhist Kung Fu name of Zhen Shen-Lang (Shen-Lang ZHEN), "Spirit Wolf of Truth," in 1994 after becoming a leader and representative of the Chinese communities in Utah who referred to him as, "Zhen Shifu." His mostly Mormon students addressed his as, "Master Zhen," until 2007 when as "Buddha Zhen," founder of, Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu & Taijiquan schools, he launched a new Kung Fu and Tai Chi school tailored for Americans, Buddha Kung Fu.
Also the founder and Patriarch of the nonprofit organization for troubled youth, Tai Chi Youth in 1996, Richard has established and taught Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes in over a dozen public schools, three churches, several rehabilitation centers and a maximum security prison. This 501(c)(3) charity nonprofit education organization has improved the lives of hundreds of students by curing weight problems, obesity, drug addiction, mental and physical disorders. Senior programs of Tai Chi Youth were the most widely attended classes between 2003 and 2011 when Richard, "Buddha Zhen," taught at the YMCAs in Los Angeles, California.
Richard got one of his Shaolin Records interns pregnant and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be a Mr. Mom from 1991 to 2011. In Utah he became a one-man band, and began the "Buddhist Journey of American Zen," amidst protests and boycotts from the local Mormon organizations (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). American Zen became famous as "America's First Buddhist Rock Band," with its spiritual journey of poetry, essays, and albums of folk rock and classic rock music:
LEVEL 1 = PEACE OF MIND
LEVEL 2 = CHRIST KILLER
LEVEL 3 = I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME
LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY PART 1: KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY PART 2: 3RD DEGREE MASTER MASON
LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY PART 3: STONE ROSES
LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY PART 4: THE COYOTE BLUES
Since 1999, American Zen fans of all ages have been following Richard's Buddhist odyssey through the band's albums, books, and albums at iTunes. A podcast series, The American Zen Buddhist Podcast, listed at itunes.com as "Coyote Radio .NET," led thousands of fans on a journey through the daily stories and Mr. Mom life of Richard Del Connor for several years through the web blogs at CoyoteRadio.NET Fans follow the continuing spiritual journey that is guiding today's youth to pursue spirituality.
In 2011, Richard began writing his first epic poems, Rainbow In The Shade, The Potatoe Valentine & Other Love poems, and The AntiChrist. Since Richard's first poems of the sixties, he strove to create the shortest, symbolic, creative poetry in short verses and songs of less than three minutes. To write poems over 10,000 words each became a new storytelling medium for Richard Del Connor, who also wrote this epic poetry under the name of, The Hippy Coyote. The AntiChrist was removed from the web and is no longer available to the public. Religious historians and scholars can obtain copies of this revolutionary book after signing release forms of confidentiality and nondisclosure.
After publishing The AntiChrist for a short period, Richard was "visited by Satan" who dictated many interesting facts to Richard that explained how many of Richard's stories and details of the epic poem, The Antichrist, were incorrect. Satan shared with Richard many stories of Heaven, God, the other angels, the creation of the Garden of Eden, Tower of Babylon, and other significant events in history up to the creation of Zen Buddhism in the sixth century by Bodhidharma at the original Shaolin Temple on Mt. Songshan in Northern China. This book is offered to the public at shaolinCOM.com as History of Zen from A to Z - Including the Meaning of Life, Creation of Heaven, Hell, Humans and Earth... by Richard Del Connor, "Buddha Zhen." (co-authored by Saten?)
Shaolin Communications also publishes lyric books from the albums Richard releases. The book, Kung Fu Cowboy Original Draft, is a handwritten rough draft of the book that will hopefully be finished, but was transformed into the life story of King Solomon instead of Richard's autobiography in Kung Fu Cowboy Part 1: King Solomon's Temple.
The Masonic Kung Fu Book 1 novel about teenagers in China, harboring a British Freemason as the Japanese attack in 1937, is a fictional version of how Richard's "Masonic Kung Fu" was invented. After becoming a 3rd Degree Master Mason and learning the secret hand signs, dugards, penalties, and symbols of freemasonry, Richard discovered that one of the Kung Fu Forms he has taught for 30 years, "Lian Bu, Ling Po," was created for teaching and practicing European masonry to Chinese males in the 1930s, when Chinese were prohibited from becoming freemasons.
Referred to as a "Buddhist Scientist," Richard offers thousands of pages of free resources to inspire, enlighten, and entertain. The Shaolin Zen "CyberTemple" has been improving the lives of over 1 million people since its creation in 1999. This "American Sect of Chinese Chan Buddhism," has had over 1 million attendees at the free website.
Join this Hippie Buddha, Richard Del Connor, The Hippy Coyote, Buddha Zhen, on his various paths of fun, frolic, and fantastic wisdoms that somehow lead to the same place, happiness.