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2nd Draft: Act Zen to Be Zen BOOK is Being Tested

Calligraphy, ACT ZEN TO BE ZEN, by Buddha Zhen

I was pleased with the first draft of the book, Act Zen to Be Zen.  The website edition of this book was added to with a few more acting insights and maturity of having trained many students since then and worked in television again.

Mostly, I added lines to promote the reader’s ambition to answer the questions and look at their answers… about themselves.

The book only works if you make the lists, then take the qualities you choose to create your characters and identities.

I’m excited to get some feedback about this new version of the Act Zen to Be Zen book.

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Section 1: page 2 – The Beginning of YOU

Act Zen to be Zen calligraphy by Buddha Zhen


page 2:  The Beginning of YOU  

Acting = Unnatural
    Good Acting = Imitation
        Great Acting = Acting Naturally

Act Zen to Be Zen


Everything around us is a discovery — even if you’ve seen it before.

When you watch a movie for the second time — you discover knew things, and dialogue you missed before.

Discovering requires more than looking.

Discovering requires SEEING.

In order to ‘see’ you must have a clear mind otherwise you will ‘color’ everything you see.

When you look at someone, you see them from the front.

However, someone else may see them from behind and get an entirely different opinion based upon their different view — of the same person.

Another person, standing farther away, may only make out their relative size and male or female.

But, when you look closely into someone’s face, do you see them the way they see their self?

Our goal is to UNCLOUD your vision and CLEAR your mind — so you can see you — clearly.

Then, after we have created a NEW YOU, your improved ‘seeing’ will enable you to ‘see’ other people more clearly and understand who they are and why they are who they are…


Chinese Chop Signature Stamp of Master Zhen
Buddha Zhen


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Section 1: page 1: The Beginning of YOU

Act Zen to be Zen calligraphy by Buddha Zhen


The Beginning of YOU

Acting = Unnatural
    Good Acting = Imitation
        Great Acting = Acting Naturally

Act Zen to Be Zen

Discovering the Beginnings of Who You Are

The beginning, began before you were begun.

You have inherited genetics, mannerisms, behaviors, and ways of thinking.

Do you know WHO gave you what and WHAT they gave you?

Let’s take a look.

Who are you?

What are you?

What kind of person are you?

What are you doing with your life?

You should follow the INSTRUCTIONS ON EACH PAGE.

You’ll need some notebook paper, a notebook, and a couple nice ballpoint pens.

“I’m serious go get them! 
If you don’t make the effort to write down your answers you won’t get any smarter. 
NO listening to music at any time when you are thinking.  Allow yourself to be as smart as you can.”


Chinese Chop Signature Stamp of Master Zhen
Buddha Zhen

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Act Zen to Be Zen – How to Be You

Wide-eyed toddler Caitlin looking inquisitive.

SECTION 1:  The Beginning of YOU

Acting = Unnatural
Good Acting = Imitation
Great Acting = Acting Naturally

Live Zen to ACT ZEN™

White mug with Shaolin stupa logo and
Half-full or half-empty?


Act Zen to Be Zen (The web series book by Richard Del Connor “Buddha Zhen”)


Act Zen to Be Zen

Life is acting.

What you think is natural is your unnatural programming.

So all things are unnatural — unless you give up all control.

Fortunately, we control even the most natural of our body functions.

So we live unnaturally. This is natural — to us.

Decide what your programming is.

Be unnatural on purpose. Then, decide this is natural.

Now, what is natural to you, is what you unnaturally decided — so let’s REDEFINE NATURAL.

This way, everything you do, whether it’s normal, weird, flamboyant, or conservative
— is natural — because you decided what natural is.

Join me, as I redefine what your reality is.

Although this website is designed for actors and actresses, all of us are actors all day long.

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to be in control of your acting, take control of your life, and determine who you are.




Chinese Chop Signature Stamp of Zhen Shen-Lang
“Buddha Zhen”
 Founder, Shaolin pictures

p.s.  I’ve been trained by a half-dozen directors and each was a master.  Each was incredibly right and effective in uisng their techniques and personalities to accomplish their acting goals.  One master director came from television.  He was used to directing talent he’d had no input into hiring. So he had to get a performance from characters sometimes unsuited for their cast roles. This resulted in “body directing.”

I point this out because directing that is shallower requires less mental and emotional work from the actor.  This type of acting is the easiest to recover from and be unaffected by. was created especially for the “Method Actors” of the world, who like myself are disciples of the genius-director Stanislovsky.  I cherish and utilize the many wisdoms and techniques given to me by all the directors.

This website,, is based upon an actor using “the method” to shape themselves into the character they portray.  I hope this website will enable actors to utilize “the method” better, but most importantly, return back to who they really are.

Lastly, I hope to help everyone that studies this website, to improve their personal lives by better understanding who they are and why and how they became who they are.  Not only is this process empowering, it enables you to recreate yourself into whoever you want to be.

Live on and act on!

Be someone worth being again.

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Hey, This Website Looks Cool!

I finalized that interesting green color for the background of the HEADER and the FOOTER.  I like it.

The structure of the website is almost complete.  Maybe only a page or two to add still.

I’m also pleased with the content I whipped out for this website without referring to the original website.

Combining my cool new stuff with the existing really cool stuff = Cool Website!  Yay!

I’ve made the TOP MAIN MENU as simple as possible with one big drop-down list under the MENU BUTTON: “About Act Zen”

  • Zen Is
  • Acting Is
  • Zen Acting
  • Identity
  • You
  • Your Decisions
  • Get Zen
  • Be Zen