This profile was last updated in 2009
The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies was founded by Sifu Alex Anatole in 1979 as the New England Center of Tao and has been at its present location on Applecrest Road in Weston since 1985. Dr. Anatole began his studies of Taoism as a child in Moscow with the renowned Taoist Master Lu Yang Tai, with whom he worked for twenty years. The Center, located in a residential area of Weston, includes a prayer and meditation area, a library, and offices. The Center offers teachings of Taoist philosophy (which originated as Shamanism) and emphasizes exercise, balance, health and discipline of the body through classes in Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Kung Fu. The Center is dedicated to bringing the traditional Taoist system of health and healing to the West. The Center is the first and only recognized Taoist Temple in America by the Quan Shen Taoists of Shanghai. Dr. Anatole and the Board Members are all members of the Shanghai Chi Kung Research Association and represent the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine here in America. Members of the Center have traveled to China and have established a mutual relationship with the White Cloud Temple in Shanghai.