In 1984 Richard Del Connor graduated Tai Mantis Kung Fu in Torrance, California. It was a dream come true to learn all the Shaolin Kung Fu from the original Zen Buddhist Temple on Mt. Songshan in Northern China. Then Richard embarked on a lifelong study of Buddhism that led to his Chinese name of Zhen Shen-Lang which translates to “Spirit Wolf of Truth.” He was given the Chinese name Zhen “Truth” because he was teaching Buddhism in Utah.
Buddha Zhen founded Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu & Taijiquan in 1992. By 1997 he had extracted the Chan Buddhism (Chinese original Zen Buddhism) and was having Sunday Sanghas (gatherings of people discussing Buddhism) at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Shaolin Zen Newsletter began in 1994 with students of Shaolin Chi Mantis seeing there names and tournaments scores listed. Graduations and events were detailed and Buddha Zhen wrote a column.