About Me


Hi there.  My name is Gu Shen Yu, and I practice Daoist cultivation in the tradition of Laozi.  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 staying with 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 direct lineage transmission.

I’m starting this blog because I want to share the perspective of our tradition.  There’s a lot of chatter out there about Daoism, and it’s easy to find ourselves confused.  I’ve found a clarity in both view and method that I think will help you, if you are interested in this path.

I have an apprenticeship program that covers different aspects of Daoism – academics, philosophy, hygiene, meditation, and ritual.  A central feature of the program is my unpublished training manual and translation & commentary of the Dao De Jing.  I enjoy corresponding with people, so please feel free to contact me.

Stability & openness,

Gu Shen Yu