Daoist Training

Daoist Training – Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center

The Mission of the American Dragon Gate Lineage is to promote Daoist training and to the spreading of the teachings of the Daoist worldview.


Daoist Ceremony of the American Dragon Gate Lineage

Daoist training priest ceremony
Dao Transmission during priest ordination

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.

Daoist Training Priest from China
Priest Ji Zhi Tong, entrance to Longmen Daoism


The Three Treasures of the ADGL

Reciting Daoist Scriptures

Meditation in the Zuowang Tradition

Intensive Retreats: Group and Solitary Retreats

Serious followers of the Daoist path are encouraged to apply for trainings 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 trainings.

Most ADGL members live in the USA, and several members live in Canada.

Training Levels

The American Dragon Gate Lineage

Brief Introduction to the Training Program

Details of Training Levels

Level 1: 3 months:   A Taste of Daoism:  A preliminary Daoist training level required before being officially accepted into the ADGL priest training. An introduction to the history and background of Daoism and the beginning of Daoist meditation practices. Several books required to read and write brief reports on. Upon completion, you will receive a Letter Of Completion, and be eligible to take Level 2.

Level 2: 6 months:   Stepping Into the Stream: The second preliminary Daoist training level goes further into Daoist and qigong studies and practices. Including scriptures, retreat experiences, additional books to study, qigong, precepts, spiritual direction, meditation, and more. Upon completion, you will receive a Letter of Completion, and be eligible to apply to the ADGL full training program.

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, they are required to participate in either shifu Michael’s full Qigong Certification (200 Hour) or modified Qigong studies with shifu Michael. Contact shifu Michael for more details.

Level 3: The 1000 Day Training:  To enter this level of Daoist training, candidates must have completed Levels 1 and 2, and attended an annual retreat, and submitted a Letter of Application for the priest training of the ADGL.


Daoist training meditation chamber
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.

Use the Contact page for more information.

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



Pictures from the 2019 Priest Ordination Ceremony

2019 priest ceremony
2019 Ordination ceremony
tea and Dao ceremony
2019 Tea Dao ceremony



Pictures from the 2018 Ordination Services:

Daoist priests of American Dragon Gate Lineage
Shifu Michael & New Daoist Priests: Maya & Bryan
Daoist Priest Ordination Ceremony 2018
Dao – Tea Ordination Transmission Ceremony 2018
Daoist priest ceremony 2018
Shifu Dominique prepares new priest robes 2018



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