Grand Master

Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak,The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies/The Temple of Original Simplicity until further notice will be conducting services on-line for the safety of the congregation. The schedule of the services and prayer ceremonies will be held digitally at the usual times.Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of the situation.

Grand Master Alex Anatole

The Master came because it was his time to be born.

– Chuang Tzu

Grand Master Alex Anatole was born in Moscow, Russia. At a young age, he was introduced to Master Lu Yang Tai, the “Enlightened One,” a Taoist sage with genealogical lineage extending to the ancient origins of Taoism. From the age of eight, Alex was his only disciple, learning all aspects of the Great Art — philosophy, healing, martial arts, astrology, and religious procedures.

After twenty years he was ordained a Taoist priest, building several underground Taoist temples in Russia — hidden from the religious persecution of Soviet times.

Eventually his spiritual activities became known to the authorities and he fled to the United States. This was foretold by prophesy with his given Taoist name of I Yan Lung, “He who brings true Tao to the West.”

In 1976 Grand Master Alex Anatole immigrated to the United States. Near Boston, he built the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies and its Temple of Original Simplicity, recognized as one of the few authentic Taoist temples outside China. It maintains close ties to the few surviving temples in Shanghai while Grand Master Alex Anatole continues the tradition of imparting Taoism through a classical program of philosophy, religion, meditation, and Chi Quong. Initially, he adopted a quiet approach to teaching Taoism but observed with great concern the distorted teachings of his beloved faith. Motivated by a desire to preserve ancient Taoism in its purest form, he writes and lectures throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Grand Master Alex Anatole has a PhD from Moscow University and his temple has been profiled in numerous studies, including Harvard’s Pluralism Project. He is the author of The Truth of Tao; The Essence of Tao; Tao of Celestial Foxes-The Way to Immortality; A synopsis of Taoisy Teachings for the West.


 Over the last 40 years literally thousands of people have studied with Grand Master Alex Anatole at the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity. It has been brought to the attention of the Center that certain people are using the name of Grandmaster Alex Anatole and the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity claiming affiliation to use the Grandmaster’s credentials for commercial purposes.

In the last 40 years Grand Master Alex Anatole has only ordained two students that are officially certified to teach Taoism, and their names are withheld due to privacy issues. Anyone else claiming affiliation or using the name of Grand Master Alex Anatole or the Center of  Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity for commercial purposes is a charlatan and an imposter.

  The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity will not tolerate the use of Grand Master Alex Anatole or the Center in a way that misrepresents Grand Master Alex Anatole’s or the Center’s relationship with any current or former student. Further, Grand Master Alex Anatole’s standing as a legitimate Taoist priest demands that credentials related to Taoist priesthood be verified prior to dissemination. Therefore, it is prohibited on any Web site or on any other electronic or physical forum to mention the name of Grand Master Alex Anatole or The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity claiming affiliation in any way without written permission. Grand Master Alex Anatole is quite serious about preserving the lineage of the Temple of Original Simplicity and of Taoism in general, and will not tolerate any dilution of this line for the purpose of ego-building or commerce. 

Master Richard Percuoco

  Master Richard Percuoco was born in Boston, Massachusetts. From the age of 19, he studied With Grandmaster Alex Anatole in the Temple of Original Simplicity. 

 For the last 37 years, Master Richard Percuoco has studied all aspects of Taoist physical, intellectual and spiritual teachings: Chi-Quong, Martial Arts, Taoist philosophy. 

  Meditation and the sacred teachings of the Celestial Fox Fairies. Ordained as a Taoist priest on the first day of the New Year of the Wood Rooster (2005), he teaches master sessions in Chi-Quong, Martial Arts, Taoist philosophy and Meditation. 

  Master Richard Percuoco gives lectures and private sessions to Temple of Original Simplicity congregation members. Master Richard Percuoco is also available for private online consulting sessions to anyone interested from the virtual Taoist webinar community.

The Wisdom of Tao Explained – Alex Anatole’s Television Interview in Moscow

Grand Master Anatole’s television interview

Taoist Grand Master Alex Anatole 
Interviewed On Unity Radio

Taoist Grand Master Alex Anatole interviewed on Jay Talking on WBZ, Feb 1,2017

Taoist exhibition in Paris, France

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In May 2010 Grand Master Alex Anatole was invited to attend an exhibition devoted to Taoism in Paris, France. “The Way of Tao” (La Vole du Tao) — which means Another Path of Being was held in Paris at Galeries nationales du Grand Palais near the Champs-Elysées. This beautiful exhibition gave Western visitors an introduction to a totally unfamiliar way of thinking and the concept of Man’s place in the universe.  Displaying several hundreds of Taoist artifacts such as paintings, sculpture, pottery, bronze and textiles, the exhibition allowed visitors to see and understand how Taoism has developed over the centuries, based on some fundamental guiding principles.

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 The collection of artifacts came from the Musée Guimet in Europe, the United States and Taiwan. “La Vole du Tao”, the first monumental exhibition of this kind in Europe, was a successful attempt to visualize Taoism, presenting the mix of philosophy, religion and popular Taoist beliefs that has influenced life in China for more than two millenniums.

The Truth of Tao Reveals Taoism’s Ancient Secrets

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is one of the most widely read books in the history of mankind, second only to Christianity’s Holy Bible. And yet for twenty-six hundred years, its teachings have been shrouded in mystery and subject to conflicting interpretations. Now, for the first time, the secrets of this powerful religious and philosophical system are explained to the American audience in a way that is understandable and practical. Grand Master Anatole takes the reader on a journey of enlightenment, eliminating the confusions of Western and Eastern cultural values, explaining the principles of Lao Tzu’s teachings and how to apply them in every day life. In the Truth of Tao, Taoism’s elegant system logically unfolds, uniting the physical, mental and spiritual realms until ultimately the purpose of life is revealed.

The Essence of Tao

Taoism is codified in the Tao Te Ching, which was written in the sixth century B.C. by the ancient sage Lao Tzu. Despite being history’s second-most translated book after the Bible, its eighty-one poems have often been interpreted with confusing, contradictory, and sometimes blatantly incorrect explanations. The Essence of Tao removes the mystery surrounding this important philosophy and religion by reordering the core poems of the Tao Te Ching into a logical framework based on Taoism’s nine core principles and then explaining these principles in easy-to-understand language. Grand Master Anatole uses ancient and formerly “secret keys” to help unlock Lao Tzu’s mysteries, including Taoism’s famous paradoxes. 

The Essence of Tao will help the reader get a clear view of reality in order to create a content existence.

Tao of Celestial Foxes-The Way to Immortality

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The Creed of the Foxes dates back thousands of years. The worship of gods known as foxes is based on a belief in animistic, foxlike, spiritual deities that are part of the cultural and religious fabric of Asia. To clarify the underlying principles of the Fox tradition, Master Anatole creates for the reader a framework of understanding that focuses on ancient Chinese and Japanese History yet encompasses a structure of beliefs shared by Shamanistic cultures that span the world. Master Anatole also provides a compendium of related aspects from a wide range of culturally and historically diverse practices to illustrate the common beliefs regarding the moving energies of the soul after death, 

while demystifying Taoist correlative cosmology – the basis for all Taoist and Fox metaphysics. Ultimately, he builds to the logical conclusion that the purpose of our lives is to achieve intellectual evolution and spiritual immortality.

A Synopsis of Taoist Teachings for the West

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Ordained as a Taoist priest and Master of Celestial Foxes, Grand Master Anatole continues the traditions and teachings of Taoism and the Creed of Celestial Foxes through a classical curriculum employing the ancient techniques for mental and physical health and wellness.Grand Master Anatole gives a synopsis of the three sacred postulates of Taoism; Nature, Humanity and Justice, and Empirical Metaphysics. Nature, is the litmus test for our earthly existence. The Taoist understanding of Humanity and Justice explains the motivations of the social structure and how to successfully navigate complex social environments. Empirical Metaphysics is the discipline of communicating with the High. Energy to achieve practical results for a successful and prosperous life.

 The three fundamental pillars are based on an understanding of dealing with the impartiality of ultimate reality rather than the idealistic concepts of universal love, freedom, and fairness for all. These three pylons form the golden triangle of Taoism and are presented and explained by Grand Master Anatole in simple, easy-to-understand language.

Shanghai Chi Quong Research Association

Grand Master Alex Anatole with Zhu Run Long, President of the Shanghai Chi Quong Research Association.

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Grand Master Alex Anatole discusses the secrets of herbal medicine with his Chinese associates. (Shanghai, China).

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Grand Master Alex Anatole with Zhu Run Long, President of the Shanghai Chi Quong Research Association.

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Grand Master Alex  Anatole with Zhu Run Long, President of the Shanghai Chi Quong Research Association, and Dr. Shee, President of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China).

Presenting the magic diagram to Grand Master Alex Anatole.

Grand Master Alex Anatole discussing the combination of herbs and healing Chi Quong with doctors in The Shanghai Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Grand Master Alex Anatole discusses the secrets of herbal medicine with his Chinese associates. (Shanghai, China).

Famous Chi Quong Master Joi and Grand Master Alex Anatole. (Shanghai, China)

Chi Quong Masters performing healing procedures in Shanghai Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  

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Grand Master Alex Anatole with Madam Ju in Shanghai. Madam Ju is the world’s foremost cancer healer using Chi Quong.

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Taoist Life Coaching

Taoist Life Coaching is the study of ancient Taoist alchemy and Chinese Shamanism. Taoist Life Coaching is built on the divine celestial guidance gleaned through the immortal power of the great spirits and communication with omniscient Taoist deities. This sacred knowledge has been interpreted for modern Western society, to enable individuals to change their life from misfortune to fortune for contentment and clarity of their earthly existence. For the limited mortal man, it is very difficult to communicate directly with the Great Ultimate, the Tao. So-called gurus and prophets are the same mortal men having all human weaknesses, limitations, and the self-interest of profiteering. The High Energy of the Cosmos does not have these mortal imperfections and hidden agendas. The Cosmic Intellect is pure and indifferent to mortal man’s manipulations of money, power, or pride. 

For thousands of years Taoist alchemists used the power of magic diagrams to help mortals send their petitions directly to the Great Ultimate for clear guidance and pragmatic advice. In Taoist alchemy, the ancient practice of burning sacred diagrams allows the practitioner to send a personal request to the Great Ultimate through spirits-messengers to enable a concrete, tangible result for their petition. The Temple of Original Simplicity has a relationship with the clan of Celestial Foxes (Creed of Celestial Fox Fairies), which enables direct communication with these powerful, immortal spirits through meditation and magic diagrams. Grandmaster Alex Anatole has given Taoist Life Coaching seminars and counseling for over forty years at the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies – Temple of Original Simplicity in Boston. The techniques of Taoist Life Coaching rejuvenate, purge, heal, nourish and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit enabling Taoist internal and external meditation for the health and wellness. Taoist Life Coaching is comprised of the Creed of Celestial Foxes, Taoist Lin Hun Therapy and Taoist Divine Guidance.

Taoist Magic Diagrams

The ancient worship of the celestial Foxes historically spread throughout the geographic areas of China, Japan and Southeast Asia. The creed of the heavenly Fox fairies is based on the techniques of ancient Chinese Shamanism that enable communication with the celestial Fox deities for protection and guidance from malevolent spirits and harmful humans. Sacred Taoist teachings state that the all-powerful Fox deities can change the fate of an individual. Fox exorcism rituals, including Taoist Lin Hun Therapy, instantiate purifying celestial energies and expel malevolent forces from the human soul, creating a positive aura and bring luck and contentment by changing misfortune to fortune.

Taoist Lin Hun Therapy

Taoist Lin Hun Therapy was created and decoded from ancient Chinese Shamanism by the founder of the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies, Grandmaster Alex Anatole. Grandmaster Anatole’s adaptation of the holy teachings led to the formalized disciplines of Heavenly Lin Hun Therapy and Taoist Divine Guidance. In 2020, The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies was proud to announce the formal recognition from the US patent office for the official teachings of Taoist Lin Hun therapy and Taoist Divine Guidance.

Taoist Heavenly Lin Hun Therapy deals systemically with the theological and religious psychology of the human eternal energies of the soul. As there is no corresponding translation of Lin Hun in the English language, it is quite difficult and challenging to understand. In Chinese alchemy, the definition and connotation of the prenatal and postnatal energies of the soul are very different than in Western culture and linguistics. In the magic of Taoist Shamanism, heavenly Lin Hun elucidates that humans are born, not with one soul as in Western religion but, with two distinct soul energies, Hun and Po.

These two energies are further segmented into the three prenatal components of Hun and the seven postnatal components of Po. Based on the mysterious Alchemy of Taoist Shamanism, the prenatal Hun and postnatal Po energies communicate with each other in a very intricate and complicated manner. Taoist Heavenly Lin Hun Therapy utilizes magic ceremonies to effect changes in the physical reality of our earthly existence. Using the ancient Taoist ceremonies to petition the great celestial Fox Fairies, Taoist Heavenly Lin Hun Therapy can purge and purify the human spiritual elements, sending the mortal’s request to the Great Ultimate. Heavenly Lin Hun Therapy uses the intangible, magic methods of Empirical Metaphysics to obtain practical, tangible results in our earthly dimension.

Taoist Divine Guidance

Taoist Divine Guidance is the privileged, mystical teachings of communicating and interacting with the great Taoist spirits and heavenly Fox fairies both in prayer, meditation and through magic diagrams to foster clarity, intellect and spirituality in our lives. Please see the graphics of magic diagrams that were used for centuries by Celestial Fox Masters and Taoist Priests in ancient alchemy to purge malevolent spirits and change the fate of mortals from misfortune to fortune. Taoist Divine Guidance enables knowledge and communication with the world of celestial spirits. Interaction with the celestial deities serves as an oracle to give mortals insight and direction by sharing the wisdom and secrets of life. 

What is the difference between Divine Guidance and conventional life coaching? Any counselor, arbitrator or decision maker is simply a human being like ourselves. What would qualify this person to judge and direct our life’s decisions and actions any better than we could on our own? As no limited mortal can understand the best path of action for another finite human, we have to trust in communication with the great Taoist Gods and celestial Fox fairies who do understand the best path for mortal man. Taoist Divine Guidance enables communication with the world of Taoist deities, spirits and celestial Fox fairies. The celestial Taoist Gods and Heavenly Fox fairies do not have personal interests or agendas. The mortal can trust in the venerable Taoist Gods and communication with them in the spirit world. This is the reason that Shamans all over the planet (Siberia, China, South America) communicate with the spirit world for guidance and direction. Unfortunately, you cannot trust humans and their information, but you can trust the omniscient spirits. Some people practice deception or fabricate untruths. Some people want to confuse you for their own agenda or profit. All people have their own personal self-interests. For centuries Chinese Shamanism has operated with and trusted in the Supreme Power for life guidance and wisdom. Mortal counselors or life coaches can make mistakes. They are finite mortals with limited knowledge of cause and effect and hence their channel of information is imperfect. They can simply be wrong or confused themselves. The venerable deities or celestial Fox fairies have no personal interest and are all-seeing and all-knowing. They are the purist, perfect channel of information and guidance.
Communication with the world of immortal deities is magic. Communication and the concrete, practical messages received from the celestial Gods are based solely on magic. True magic can only manifest in our lives from the Supreme Power. Magic cannot come from human beings. Magic can only come from a spiritual connection and communication with the Supreme Power.

Communication with the celestial Taoist spirits brings a totally different, spiritual view of reality. The perspective of the Gods is not a mortal man’s path with a hidden agenda, filled with pride, self-interests and mortal biases. The heavenly Taoist Gods and celestial Fox fairies can help someone who is confused or depressed. The great Supreme Power can help purify a person’s mind and purge confusion. Through interacting with the heavenly deities and their guidance in the holy realm, the individual reprograms himself with celestial wisdom. By connecting and communicating with the holy Taoist spirits and venerable Fox fairies the individual is cleansed and self-reprogrammed with celestial wisdom, humility, guidance and direction. This is the essence of Taoist Divine Guidance.

The conglomeration of the ancient alchemy of Taoist Shamanism incorporates the divine amulets of the celestial Fox spirits. The heavenly Fox fairies are invoked for protection from malevolent energies which destroy human’s vital energy by bringing chaos and confusion to their lives. Taoist Divine Guidance petitions the omnipotent celestial spirits to change a person’s fate from misfortune to fortune, from confusion and bad luck to contentment and prosperity.

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