Dedicate First Ever Authentic I-Kuan Tao Shrine in Indiana
Carmel, Indiana – May 12, 2005 – When Memorial Day Weekend comes around,
Indiana will bear witness to a historical first: the dedication of a Tao
Shrine in the ancient tradition of I-Kuan Tao (pronounced yee guan dow).
I-Kuan Tao enjoys widespread popularity in Asia, but remains largely unknown
in the West. It is the oldest spiritual tradition in the world, tracing its
lineage back at least 4,700 years to the time of mythical Chinese emperors
and beyond. One of these emperors, Huangdi, is the earliest philosopher of
Taoism known to scholars today.
Unlike most religious traditions, I-Kuan Tao focuses on the formless essence
of the Tao rather than any particular deity or pantheon of deities. "Tao"
(pronounced dow) is Chinese for "the way," and denotes the path of
spiritual cultivation. To the followers of this path, the Tao is the divine
spark that inspired all the religions and philosophies throughout history.
Therefore, I-Kuan Tao welcomes uplifting, inspirational wisdom from any
source and is not limited to its own teachings.
The dedication ceremony will take place in the home of William Bunting,
owner of Indiana Tai Chi Quan Academy. "I've been working toward this moment
all my life," says Mr. Bunting. "When people get to know this path of
spirituality, it will be easy for them to understand why it means so much to
group of Asian American I-Kuan Tao practitioners will travel to Carmel,
Indiana to set up the event. They are led by Master Joseph Chen and Master
William Kuo, ordained clergy of I-Kuan Tao from The Great Tao Foundation of
El Monte, California. The masters will conduct a series of rituals with
assistance and coordination by Derek Lin, Director of Tao Studies from the
According to Mr. Lin, it is not surprising that most Americans have never
heard of I-Kuan Tao. "Because of the language barrier, much of Asian culture
remains mysterious and inscrutable even in this day and age. What we see in
America is still the Americanized version of something much deeper. What
I-Kuan Tao offers is the real deal – pure and completely undiluted."
William Bunting agrees: "As such, it may not be for everyone. I would only
recommend it to those who have progressed beyond the Hollywood depiction of
Asian spirituality. This is the reason why I have designed the curriculum in
my school to specifically emphasize the Tao alongside the health-enhancing
and self-defense aspects of Tai Chi. What I teach is for people who prefer
to drink deeply from the source.
"I would like to invite anyone interested in attending the ceremony to get
in touch with me. There is no cost associated with it, because I-Kuan Tao
practitioners live the teaching of selfless giving. It is a great honor to
us to be able to contribute to the event. Our only wish is to connect with
like minds who may also benefit from the teachings of the Tao – just as I
For more information:
William Bunting's Indiana Tai Chi Quan Academy is
In-depth teachings about the spiritual philosophy
of Taoism and I-Kuan Tao's way of life can be found online at