New Daoist Temple Organization in Colorado is Recognized as a 501(c)3 Church

PRESS RELEASE.  July 1, 2015

Estes Park, CO – Daoist Association USA, Inc. has been granted full recognition by the IRS and will now initiate full services and programs at its Estes Park, Colorado center. The practitioners, headed by Daoist Priest, Yun-Xiang Tseng, will offer educational programs to the general public as well as training priests and specialists in many related disciplines.

Daoist Association USA, now occupies the well-known Dao House (formerly Aspen Lodge), ten miles outside the city of Estes Park. While Dao House still offers full resort, spa and western-style vacations, there is also a training program in residence. Currently more than twenty people from around the United States are training as priests, many coming to stay for extended periods at the lodge.

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The Daoist Church

Dear Daoist Association, USA Supporters,

We are sincerely thankful to all of Wu Dang Chen’s students and followers of the Dao who continue to assist in making a dream come true. Thank you!

aerial viewWe are proud to announce that we are in our third year, and continue to build the Dao USA membership, with both National and International support and interest. Your membership is another step towards helping us achieve our mission. To become a member, please click here.

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Press Release April 17, 2012

Today two major steps toward the manifestation of Grandmaster Li’s vision of a Daoist Temple in the United States have come to pass:

- Thanks to a significant anonymous donation, at 10:45 this morning, April 17, 2012, I closed the purchase of Aspen Lodge Estes Park, in a joint venture with the Association for Chinese American Enrichment, Inc.

- Earlier this year I formed the Daoist Association USA (DAO USA), our “Church of the Dao.” The Association for Chinese American Enrichment, our 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit cultural exchange entity, will raise funds for DAO USA until its 501(c) 3 status is finalized.

The 81 acre property is forested and has three springs, a beautiful lodge and cabins rising up to Twin Sisters Mountain. A “chapel” will be established immediately in one of the Lodge’s conference rooms. A traditional Daoist temple structure will be built on the property in the near future.

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U.S. Temple Project

2006 - Letter from Master Tseng

My  name is Yun Xiang Tseng; I am a Taoist priest from the Wu Dang  Monastery in China. I have been practicing the ancient Taoist Wu Dang  tradition for thirty years now. I am the 14th generation Zhang San Feng  lineage, 25th generation Dragon Gate branch (Longmen sect) lineage,  authorized to practice and teach the authentic Wu Dang Taoist teachings  that have passed on in an unbroken living tradition for 700 years. I am  writing to you today because this living tradition, this vast storehouse  of ancient wisdom that stretches back 5,000 years is in jeopardy.

The  Cultural Revolution ravaged the Wu Dang monastery, scattering priests  and leaving the treasury of Taoist culture in shambles. Temple buildings  that have served the Taoist cultures of China for thousands of years  have been demolished. The remaining buildings have been neglected and  are in dire need of renovation and are currently facing ruin. The Wu  Dang monastery, made up of over 100 buildings, is considered one of the  most respected, religious and culturally significant and sacred sites in  China.

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2006 U.S. Wu Dang Daoist Summit

In 2006, the North American Wu Dang Taoist Association (NAWTA) sponsored a first of its kind, historic event bringing thirty Wu Dang Taoist Arts Practitioners to Boulder, Co and Austin, TX. The Foundation brought together senior, esteemed Taoist emissaries from Wu Dang Mountain with leading Western scholars, teachers, authors, students and devotees for demonstrations, discussions and discoveries, the Summit provided an exciting opportunity to experience and share sacred Wu Dang Mountain practices.


Wu Dang and Western speakers presented fundamental and advanced concepts of Chinese Internal Arts, Taoism and Taoist practices. Topics included Philosophy, Meditation, Feng Shui, I Ching, Internal Alchemy, Women’s Alchemy Practices, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and more. Attendees had the opportunity to develop their Kung Fu, Taiji and Qi Gong skills by participating in workshops geared to their level of practice. Readings and onsultations in I Ching and Feng Shui were available for the participants. Participants were able to request a personal talisman to address their issues and concerns. Wu Dang boasts some of the very best Kung Fu and Taiji practitioners in the world, with its practitioners The Wu Dang Wu Shu team demonstrated world class Kung Fu, Taiji and Qi Gong forms.

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