His Daoist Background
Master Jeffrey Yuen comes from two Daoist lineages – 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School) and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality Dragon Gate School). His Daoist name for each tradition is respectively Yuan Xu and Song De.
Master Jeffrey Yuen trained under his adopted grandfather, the late Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872-1981) of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, a sect from the Shang Qing tradition of Daoism that developed during the later Han Dynasty (3rd Cent. CE). Master Yu Wen trained in Mt. Hua and learned all the facets of Daoism, including the classics, rites and liturgies, healing arts and divination. He later traveled extensively throughout China and served as the lineage holder of the Daoist martial arts system know as Wu Xing Quan/Five Element Fist – an internal and monastic style of Hua Shan. Having a strong resonance with Daoist teachings ever since childhood, MasterJeffrey Yuen studied extensively under Master Yu Wen and was allowed to openly practice and serve the community when he was 16 years old.
In addition to his ordainment within the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, Master Jeffrey Yuen was ordained by Master Lu Xin-Xu of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai as an expression of gratitude. When arriving to the United States on a visitor’s visa, Master Lu served as one of the Daoist priests of the American Daoist and Buddhist Association in New York City. Master Lu later decided to stay in the United States and thus applied for permanent residency under the status for special reasons (namely, religious persecution in China at that time). His initial application was rejected by the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service on the grounds that Daoism was a philosophy and not a religion. Due to Master Yuen’s effort, Daoism became recognized as a major religious tradition of China by INS.
Master Jeffrey Yuen also studied Chinese herbal medicine with Master Gong Song-Liu, a eunuch for the last two emperors of the Qing Dynasty who apprenticed with the imperial medical physicians. As a friend of Master Yu Wen, Gong was persuaded to teach Master Yuen, imparting his deep knowledge of Chinese medicine over a period of 8 years. At the age of 100, Master Gong felt deeply satisfied with his transmission to Master Jeffrey Yuen and left for China.
In the martial arts arena, Master Jeffrey Yuen also trained under many eminent masters. Among these masters are Leung Shum (Northern Eagle Claw), Lo Ching-Sum (Vietnamese Jing Wu Association), Chan Hai-Fu (White Crane’s Needle-In-Cotton), Chan Tai Shan (Tibetan Lama Style), Yao Mei-Hua (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), Wang Qing Shan (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), and Cui Yan (Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan).
Master Jeffrey Yuen currently believes that he can contribute to the practice of Chinese medicine in this country by spreading the traditions of Classical Chinese Medicine. In that regards, he continues to teach extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Master Yuen served as former Dean for Academic Affairs for the Swedish Institute’s School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies (NY), also, Master Yuen serves as Dean of Classical Studies at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts at Ashville, NC. His teachings have served as the basis of a state-approved doctoral program offered by the American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM) in Los Angeles, CA.