2019 Retreat Attendees

2019 Retreat Attendees

Priests, Novices, general members, and Qi Gong students of Head Priest Shifu Rinaldini attending the 2019 Retreat & Priest Ordination Ceremony for priests Chuck, Marc and Demitri. More »

The Altar of the 3 Pure Ones

The Altar of the 3 Pure Ones

The Jade Pure One, The Supreme Pure One, & The Grand Pure One. More »

Daoist Tea Ceremony

Daoist Tea Ceremony

Head Priest Shifu Rinaldini and Priest Tina during Daoist tea ceremony. More »

 

American Dragon Gate Lineage

BLACK LIVES MATTER

The American Dragon Gate Lineage
Unconditionally Supports Racial Equality

And Justice In America


The American Dragon Gate Lineage

Introduction

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

The American Dragon Gate Lineage (ADGL) is under the umbrella organization of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center (QDTC), a sole proprietorship. The ADGL was founded by Michael Rinaldini (Li Chang Dao), a High-Level Qigong Teacher, and a 22nd generation Longmen Daoist Priest. Shifu Michael was ordained by Priest Ji Zhi Tong, a Longmen Daoist of White Cloud Temple, Beijing, China in 2003. Shifu Michael received a second ordination on December 4, 2016, by Abbot Bernard Shannon of Temple of Peace and Virtue as a 22ndgeneration Daoshi Priest of the Longmen lineage. Hence, the ADGL is linked to the Longmen Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of the Daoist religion, founded by Wang Zhe (Chongyang, 1113-1170) and his direct disciples.

The American Dragon Gate Lineage is a non-monastic order of Daoist practitioner-priests whose mission is to promote self-cultivation and to the spreading of the Daoist View. Membership in the American Dragon Gate Lineage is limited to those candidates who are in training to become ordained priests or those who have completed the training program and are ordained.

The Three Lineage Treasures of The ADGL:

Meditation, Scripture Study & Reciting, Solitary Retreat

New American Daoism and the ADGL

The spread of Daoism to the West in all its diversity and variations of theory and practice also needs to consider the membership of who makes up the new American Daoism. In the most inclusive manner of speaking, new American Daoists and the ADGL will be practitioners who are interested in an authentic Daoist path (spiritual and religious expression) and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds: European-American, Afro-American, Indian and Southeast Asian, Latin-American, Native American, and mixed heritages.

Daoism is an all-inclusive path to the Dao, Original Nature, regardless of particularities, persuasions, preferences, and so on. In the big picture of spiritual and religious freedom, all peoples are entitled to walk the path of the Daoist.

For more background information on the ADGL, read the full Platform Statement on the “About the ADGL.”


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