Rituals

Initiation Q&A

Initiation Q&A

The Initiation Ritual In Chinese, this is known as the Qiu Dao ritual. Qiu (pronounced like chio) means request, and Dao is simply the Pinyin transliteration of Tao. Together, these characters denote a ritual where the seeker requests the Tao, which is then transmitted by the ordained Master of I-Kuan Tao. The ordained Master (Dian […]

Three Treasures

Disciplines and Rituals

I-Kuan Tao Disciplines and Rituals is a new English translation, completely rewritten to be much more accurate than previous editons. Tao cultivators may request free copies at the Temple, or download the free PDF edition. Introduction to the New Edition by Bill Bunting Hi, I’m Bill Bunting from Indianapolis, one of the participants in the […]

Ching Ko

Practitioners of I-Kuan Tao formally become vegetarians after they go through the Ching Ko ritual. Therefore, 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, Ching / Qing means “to clear up” and Ko / Kou means “mouth.” The essence […]

The Meaning of Rituals

The Meaning of Rituals

There is a question about rituals that comes up from time to time: “Why do we need to practice any rituals at all? Aren’t rituals all about dogma? And isn’t dogma the opposite of the Tao, which is all about freedom?” This is an idea that makes sense to those caught in the trap of […]