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Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center is the practice center of shifu Michael Rinaldini (Li Chang Dao). He is a high level Qigong Teacher and  Daoist priest.  Shifu is founder of the American Dragon Gate Lineage, a non-monastic lineage whose mission is to train individuals to become ordained Daoist priests, and to spread the teachings of the Daoist worldview. Medical Qigong, circle walking and meditation are the key practices that shifu Michael teaches in all of his programs, both for local students and through his distance training programs.

Shifu Michael offers three levels of qigong certification that are of the highest quality, and yet are affordable. He gives personal guidance to his students, whether they are local students and attend his weekly classes, or are learning from a distance, such as throughout the USA, Canada, the European continent, or Australia.  

shifu Michael Rinaldini - Qigong Dragon - Daoist and Qigong Certification and Training
shifu Michael Rinaldini


Shifu Michael has been involved in spiritual and healing practices most of his life, dating back to the early 1970’s with his monastic experiences. He has been studying qigong for over 20 years, including four study trips to China. His main teacher is Master Wan Sujian from Beijing’s Bagua Xundao Gong Qigong Center. Shifu Michael is a Certified Qigong Teacher (Level 4-highest) by the National Qigong Association, and has led workshops at their annual conferences for the past ten years. Shifu Michael’s teachings extend from local students in Sebastopol, CA to national and international qigong certification & Daoist training programs.




A Daoist Practice Journal - Come Laugh With Me - Michael Rinaldini
Cover book jacket: A Daoist Practice Journal


Shifu Michael’s new book A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me is available through amazon.com. It focuses on the practices of a modern day western Daoist. Shifu Michael describes the Daoist path which includes topics such as qigong, Daoist zuowang meditation, recitation of Daoist scriptures, silence and solitude, retreats, diet and drinking puerh tea as part of cultivation practices. His book reveals the simple secrets of being a Daoist, including what he refers to as “being a Daoist in your heart.”





2016 Annual Qigong & Daoist Training Retreat

Retreat Group 2016
Retreat Group 2016

Retreats offered by the Qigong & Daoist Training Center are an opportunity to go beyond weekly classes or short courses. Retreats give the student the opportunity to practice more intensely by going deeper into the experience of silence, stillness and healing. Students will engage in the practices of qigong, circle walking, body conditioning, Daoist meditation and more. Our main meditation practices are those of the zuowang (sitting in forgetfulness or oblivion) tradition combined with the Daoist practice of saying, Not Two. These practices will assist the student in refining their body, energy and consciousness levels. See more about the past 2016 retreat.


Praise from Italy for “A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me.”

Testimonial from Italian Martial Arts Qigong and Daoist Master from Grosseto, Italy. Visit his blog: http://albypingitore.blogspot.com

“This book is very interesting, it can inspire the reader, and the sincere seeker of the Dao. The book written by an authentic Daoist teacher is easy to read, the author has great ability to do touching the reader with his own hand the experiences he describes. The many insights and inspirations offered by the reading will always be with the sincere seeker up to the realization of “Not Two”, the Whole Unity.”
Alberto P.

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shifu Michael at Master Wan's Center in Beijing
Wan Sujian & shifu Michael

Michael and Master Wan Sujian, 2007

Visit his other pages for information on: Qigong Certification, Retreats, Daoist Trainings, Daoist Meditation, Cha Dao and local classes.

March Retreat coming in 2016!

Contact Michael at Lichangdao@gmail.com

New Feature: List of recommended books to study and direct links to Amazon.com:
Qigong Certification, Daoist Training, Circle Walking, and Daoist Meditation.


Daoist meditation book
Best book on Daoist Zuowang Meditation

Daoist Meditation by Master Wu Jyh Cherng is perhaps the best book available on the practice of Zuowang meditation in the serene tradition of Daoist self-cultivation.

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Daoist Meditation



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