The Daoist Foundation arose out of a growing interest and concern for preserving authentic Daoist practices, source texts and cultural materials. As Daoism shifts its borders from a local indigenious Chinese religion to a world-wide contemplative practice and religious path, the importance of providing authentic resources and lineage-based practices grows increasingly significant.
Louis Komjathy (Kang Siqi 康思奇; Xiujing 修靜; Wanrui 萬瑞; Ph.D.; CSO) is a scholar-practitioner of Daoism and an ordained Daoist priest of the Huashan 華山 (Mount Hua) lineage of Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) Daoism. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Boston University; 2005) with an emphasis on Daoism and comparative religious studies. Louis has published Title Index to Daoist Collections (Three Pines Press, 2002), Cultivating Perfection: Mysticism and Self-transformation in Early Quanzhen Daoism (Brill, 2007), Handbooks for Daoist Practice (Xiudao shouce 修道手冊; Yuen Yuen Institute [Hong Kong], 2008), The Way of Complete Perfection: A Quanzhen Daoist Anthology (State University of New York Press, 2013), and The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). In 2006, Louis lived and trained as a Daoist recluse in Chengdu, Sichuan, at which time he received ordination into the Huashan lineage. Following his ordination, he lived as a visiting Daoist monk in the monasteries of Laoshan 嶗山 (Mount Lao; near Qingdao, Shandong) and Huashan 華山 (Mount Hua; Huayin, Shaanxi).
Louis Komjathy is the co-founder and co-director of the Daoist Foundation. He serves as a senior teacher and spiritual director for the Gallagher Cove Daoist Association and the Floating Bridge Daoist Association. He lives and works as an independent scholar and translator in Highland Park, Illinois. Email
Kate Townsend (Tang Xiang'en 唐鄉恩; Baojing 抱靜; Wanqing 萬清; EAMP, L.Ac.; CSO) is a Licensed Acupuncturist / East Asian Medical Practitioner and ordained Daoist priest of the Huashan 華山 (Mount Hua) lineage of Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) Daoism. In 2009, she received ordination into the Huashan lineage in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Kate has over twenty-five years of experience in Daoist cultivation, contemplative movement and the healing arts. She has trained with pre-eminenet Chinese medical doctors, healers, Daoist scholars and priests in the US and abroad. Kate offers a nuanced understanding of the energetic cycles of women's health, healing and alchemical practices. She enjoys assisting others on their path to wellness and embodied wisdom.
Kate Townsend is the co-founder and co-director of the Daoist Foundation. She maintains a private practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, qi-based bodywork and movement practices through Root Medicine. Email