THE BEGINNINGS of ME
I was a piano prodigy at age 10. I could play anything they put in front of me.
Unfortunately, they didn't put music I wanted to play on my music stand.
I rebelled by dropping the keys and switching to trombone in 1964.
I rebelled again by trading in my bone for an electric guitar in 1967.
I played rock'n'roll in San Diego, California, until 1970, when I was deported to Newfoundland.
I was hired by Lukey's Boat to play bass in their band.
I formed my own band, Dogmeat, in 1971.
I hithhiked Canada a couple times in 1972, finally ending up back in San Diego, California.
I became a recording studio engineer in 1974.
I started producing recordsin 1975.
I became a journeyman carpenter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in 1977.
I moved to Los Angeles with my rock'n'roll band, The Rich, in 1978.
I started Kung Fu classes in 1980.
I founded my own record company, Shaolin Records, in 1984.
I became known as "The Coyote," in 1985, while performing my rock opera, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD.
I became a Kung Fu Master in 1985.
I started my own Kung Fu school, Shaolin Chi Mantis, in 1992.
I started publishing my poetry books under my imprint, Shaolin Communications.
I became known as The Shaolin Monk, or Tai Chi Buddhist, and formed my own sect of Chinese Chan Buddhism in 1994.
I founded the nonprofit organization, Tai Chi Youth, in 1996.
I became The Hippy Coyote in 2007.
I became Buddha Zhen in 2008.
I became The Hippie Buddha, in 2010.