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Initiation Q&A

Initiation Q&A

求道 The Qiu Dao ritual is the path of initiation in I-Kuan Tao. Qiu (pronounced like chio) means request, and Dao is simply the Pinyin transliteration of Tao. Together, these characters denote a ceremonial process where the seeker requests the Tao, which is then transmitted by the ordained Master of I-Kuan Tao. The ordained Master (Dian […]

Three Treasures

三寶 The Three Treasures of I-Kuan Tao are given to those who request and receive the Tao through the initiation ceremony. They are powerful spiritual tools you can utilize throughout your journey.

About the Shrine

The meaning of the shrine starts with the recognition of oneness. The idea is that we human beings may have many different names for the divine, but all these names are ultimately varying descriptions of the same thing – the one great spiritual truth – that which we cannot comprehend fully, and yet makes us […]

Ching Ko

清口 The Ching Ko ritual is for I-Kuan Tao practitioners who wish to commit to a vegetarian lifestyle. It is also a requirement for those who wish to become Shrine Owners. Some describe the Ching Ko as the vegetarian vow of I-Kuan Tao. In truth, the essence of Ching Ko goes beyond vegetarianism. In Chinese, […]

Indiana Shrine Dedication

Indiana Shrine Dedication

By Bill Bunting On May 29, 2005, a group of masters and members of the I-Kuan Tao temple in El Monte, California, quietly thundered into Indianapolis, Indiana, and the status quo there would never be the same. I picked the words I used above very carefully because it’s important to convey the level of energy, […]

Introduction to I-Kuan Tao

I-Kuan Tao (pronounced “yee guan dao”) is one of the most significant spiritual movements in Taiwan. Its name can be literally translated as “The Tao that unifies all with oneness.” The basis of I-Kuan Tao is rooted in Chinese traditions, with teachings emphasizing traditional values such as family, honor, respect and moderation. It is no […]

Maitreya Buddha

Maitreya Buddha

彌勒佛 The Maitreya Buddha is a figure that just about everyone recognizes on sight. Some know him as “Fat Buddha” or “Happy Buddha.” Many mistake him for Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Relatively few in the West know the Maitreya name, and even fewer know who he actually is. It’s a bit strange when you think […]

Guan Sheng Di Jun

Guan Sheng Di Jun

關聖帝君 Guan Sheng Di Jun is one of the deities venerated in the I-Kuan Tao religious practice. He is well known to the Chinese, and his name and legendary tales have spread to Korea and Japan, but outside of Asia he is relatively unknown. His formal title, Guan Sheng Di Jun, can be translated as […]

Sixth Patriarch

Sixth Patriarch

六祖 The Sixth Patriarch of the Zen lineage, Huineng, is one of the most influential figures in Eastern philosophy, and this story may be the most significant in all of Zen lore. Not only is it an interesting tale of an underdog attaining the highest position against all odds, but also it is an essential lesson […]

Senior Grand Master

Senior Grand Master

老前人 Senior Grand Master Chang Pei-Cheng came to Taiwan from mainland China in 1947. His goal was to establish I-Kuan Tao. This was a difficult mission with many obstacles, not the least of which was government oppression in the early days. In his extraordinary efforts to overcome these hurdles, the Senior Grand Master took on […]