Daoist Training – Qigong & Daoist Training Center
Renewal priest vows 2022
New priests reading their Daoist names 2022
Transmission blessings 2022
Priest Ordination Ceremony 2022
The Mission of the American Dragon Gate Lineage is to promote Daoist priest training and to spread the teachings of Daoism.
Priest Ordination Transmission Ceremony
The Path Of The Daoist Priest
Enter the path of the Dragon to cross the obstacles of life and to emerge as a messenger of hope and peace.
Priest Michael was ordained in 2003 as a 22nd-generation Longmen Daoist priest. Longmen Priest Ji Zhi Tong of White Cloud Temple, Beijing, China was the officiating priest. In 2006 after additional Daoist training and studies, Shifu Michael began to train and ordain others as Daoist priests of The American Dragon Gate Lineage (ADGL), which he founded in 2006. Shifu Michael received a second ordination as a 22nd generation Daoshi of the Longmen Dragon Gate sect on December 3, 2016, by Abbot Bernard Shannon of the Temple of Peace and Virtue, and was recognized as an Abbot of The American Dragon Gate Lineage.
Priest Ji Zhi Tong, Ordination Master (White Cloud Temple) ordained shifu Michael 2003
The Three Treasures of the ADGL
Reciting Daoist Scriptures and Meditative Reading
Meditation in the Zuowang Tradition
Intensive Retreats: Group and Solitary Retreats
Serious followers of the Daoist path are encouraged to apply for training to eventually become ordained Daoist priests of the ADGL. Furthermore, it takes a prolonged commitment to the Daoist path to become an ordained Priest, and then to continue that commitment to the Lineage beyond ordination and training. Most ADGL members live in the USA, several members live in Canada, and one in Australia.
Training Levels – The American Dragon Gate Lineage
Brief Introduction to the Training Program
Novice Phase: A nine-month introduction to the history and background of Daoism and the beginning of Daoist meditation practices. After some basic studies, the novice phase continues with reciting and studying Daoist scriptures, going on solitary retreats, and studying precepts, spiritual direction, meditation, and more.
Qigong Studies: For students who do not have a solid foundation in qigong theory and practice, as well as a good understanding of Chinese medicine are required to participate in qigong studies. Contact Shifu Michael for details.
The 1000-Day Training: Continued Daoist studies and practices for a 1000-day period. Attendance at annual retreats are required.
Ancient Meditation Cave Chamber
ADGL members practice a variety of energy techniques, like qigong, circle walking, martial arts, acupuncture, and other practices that support inner cultivation. A special training focus is to spend time in solitary retreats. Individuals entering the ADGL are expected to have a background in some of these practices.
If interested in joining the ADGL, contact us, and include in your introductory letter to Shifu Michael a brief bio of yourself including your background in qigong, Taichi, martial arts, and any Daoist practices. Thank you.
Qigong Members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage
This is a new membership level in the ADGL for past and current qigong certification students and for current local qigong students of shifu Michael. This level enables the qigong student to continue and receive support as a qigong and Daoist lay member of the lineage. Contact shifu Michael for details.
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Some recommended books to read to develop a foundation in Daoist studies and practices: click to purchase them directly from amazon.com
Daoism and Chinese Culture
Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
The Ho-Shang Kung Commentary On Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching
Sitting in Oblivion-The Heart of Daoist Meditation
Daoist Meditation-The Purification of the Heart Method of Meditation and Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting (Zuowang Lun) by Sima Cheng Zhen
Creative Daoism-The History of Longmen
Photos of 2022 Qigong & Daoist retreat ordinations
New and old priests of American Dragon Gate Lineage 2022
Group retreat participants 2022
Shifu Michael, Priests Maya and Marc, 2022
Tea ceremony of Dao transmission: American Dragon Gate Lineage 2022