Selected Biography of Daoist Priest Michael Rinaldini

China Trainings

Shifu Michael Rinaldini performs the Daoist Walking Meditation

2001 – 2002:  Master level trainings with Wan Sujian and Duan Zhi Liang during two China visits.

2003:  Third China trip for continued qigong training, and Daoist Priest ordination in the Longmen Dragon Gate sect. Certified Bagua Xundao Gong Teacher by Master Wan Su Jian.

2008:  Fourth China trip for continued qigong and Daoist training with Master Wan Sujian, and his master teachers on sacred Daoist mountains.

Professional Workshops
I have presented nine workshops between 2000 and 2012 at the annual National Qigong Association (NQA) Conferences. My last workshop in 2012 focused on Circle Walking, Zuowang Meditation, and Silence.

Qigong Certification Training Program
I have a Qigong Certification program of 100, 200 and 350 hours for local and distance students. As of 2013, my students have come from throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Chile, French Caribbean, Greece, and Australia.

Professional Member of the NQA since 1998, and in 2007, I was certified as NQA Certified Level IV (highest) Qigong Teacher.

Daoist Priest Training Program
In 2007, I started training and ordaining others as Daoist priests, thus continuing the process of Daoism moving to the West. As of early 2013 there are about twenty students in training to become either priests or general members of the ADGL. By spring of 2013, I will have ordained eleven priests in the American Dragon Gate Lineage with an additional eight candidates in training to become priests in 2014 or later.

Daoist Zuowang Meditation article in Qi Journal, Autumn, 2008 and The Empty Vessel, Winter 2009; Spring 2010. Cracking the Matrix article in Fall issue of The Empty Vessel magazine. Writer for Yang-Sheng E-magazine (qigong & Daoist enewsletter & web site).

Michael’s first book, A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me was published in May of 2013, it is distributed through and other sources.


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. B.A. 1979.

Lesley College, Cambridge, Ma. M.A. Expressive Therapy, 1986.

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. M.F.A. Fine Art Photography, 1990.

Clayton College of Natural Health, Doctor of Naturopathy 1993

Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA 200 Hour Acupressure 1997

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