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Richard began studying Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi in 1980. 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 in 1994 of Zhen Shen-Lang, "Spirit Wolf of Truth." Known mostly as Buddha Zhen, founder of Buddha Kung Fu, Shaolin Chi Mantis, and the nonprofit organization for troubled youth, Tai Chi Youth, Buddha Z has been inspiring, guiding, helping, and improving the lives of kids, teens, adults and seniors through his books, poetry, music, podcasts, and Kung Fu / Tai Chi classes.
After being bitten by a black widow spider in 2001, Buddha Zhen began a slow recovery that took several years by slowly adding his Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes back into his life. Eventually, he lost the 55 pounds he gained from not being able to walk and despite his Doctor's warnings of heart damage from the poison, is in the best health of his life at age 58 in 2012.
Referred to as a "Buddhist Scientist," Buddha Z 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 with free podcasts and dharma lessons, "Buddhism Basics."
His plans to launch Online Lessons and Lectures is being supported through grants and donations to Tai Chi Youth. This nonprofit organization was launched in 1996 with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).