About Me


Nameless Stream

Hi there.  I formerly went by the Daoist name Gushen Yu, but now I’m just a nameless stream flowing into the Great Reservoir of immortality.  So call me Nameless Stream, Wuming 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 path of communing 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 and supported by direct lineage transmission.

I started this blog because I want to share the perspective of our tradition.  My wuweidao lineage teacher was Liu Wen Ming, a westerner who inherited a 1,000-year old aristocratic family tradition from Shaanxi province from a hermit refugee in Taiwan.  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 working on several projects including a training manual that will cover different aspects of Daoist study and cultivation – academics, philosophy, hygiene, meditation, & ritual.  I am also hosting a wuweidao cultivation group in Santa Rosa, CA, to support the practice of Zuowang.  I am also currently training a small cohort of apprentices – there’s a little info on this budding group at wuweidao.org, albeit not much at this point.  A central feature of the apprenticeship is my unpublished translation & commentary of the Dao De Jing.  You can hear more about our approach to meditation at this interview with the Mystical Positivist.  I enjoy corresponding with people, so please feel free to contact me.

Stability & openness,

Wuming Chuan