About Me

Nameless Stream

Hi there.  I formerly went by the Daoist name Gu Shen Yu, but now I’m just a nameless stream flowing into the Great Reservoir of immortality.  So call me Nameless Stream, Wu Ming Chuan (無名川) for now.

I’ve studied with numerous teachers over the past 25 years and found my home practice in Laozi’s wuweidao.  My school is called Old Oak School of Dao, and my website is www.oldoakdao.org.

I’m a Euro-American living in northern California, and I’m an ordained Daoist priest.  Wuweidao is a contemplative Daoist path of experiencing and expressing our original nature (Dao-De).  We have formal practice methods passed down from the long-flowing stream of Daoist tradition, but more importantly we take an uncontrived, natural view of reality inspired by and supported by direct lineage transmission.

I’m starting this blog because I want to share the perspective of our tradition.  My wuweidao teacher was Liu Wen Ming.  There’s a lot of chatter out there about Daoism, and it’s easy to find ourselves confused.  My numerous teachers have provided me with a base for correct practice, which I am happy to share with you, if you are interested in this path.

I am now a solitary priest working on several projects including a training manual that will cover different aspects of Daoist study and cultivation – academics, philosophy, hygiene, meditation, and ritual.  A central feature of the program will be my unpublished translation & commentary of the Dao De Jing.  I am continuing my training of ritual Daoism with Parting Clouds Daoism.  I enjoy corresponding with people, so please feel free to contact me.

Stability & openness,

Wu Ming Chuan