Alex Anatole

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Alexander Anatole
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Dr. Alex Anatole
Born Moscow, Russia, USSR
Occupation Taoist priest, teacher, and writer

Alexander Anatole (born in Moscow, Russia, USSR) is a Taoist priest, teacher, and writer. He directs centers of Taoist studies in Russia and the United States.

Life and career[edit]

Alexander Anatole was born in Moscow in a Taoist family, and studied under Grand Master Lu Tang Tai. He holds a doctorate in psychology from Moscow University. He is in his late 60's, confirmed by his doctorate in 1966

In 1966 Lu and Anatole founded the first Taoist temple in Moscow.[1]

Immigrating to the United States in 1976, he began teaching the physical elements of traditional Taoism, including qigong and martial arts.

With the collapse of communism in 1991 Anatole returned to Russia to help open Taoist temples in Moscow, and continues to return to lecture and teach a classical program of philosophy, religion, meditation, qigong, and martial arts. He writes and lectures throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Temple of Original Simplicity[edit]

In 1978 Anatole founded the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies (originally The New England Center of Tao) near Boston. By the early nineties the center, located in Weston, Massachusetts, which includes the Temple of Original Simplicity, was recognized[by whom?] ( as one of the few authentic Taoist temples outside mainland China and Taiwan. He established close ties to established temples in Shanghai.

The temple houses a wide collection of Taoist deities, as well as, perhaps, the only Hall of Foxes (Chinese: hu li jing, Japanese:kitsune, Korean: kumiho) in the United States.

The temple offers traditional Taoist teachings including the philosophical teachings of the Tao Te Ching, meditation, Qi Quong, as well as the esoteric disciplines of The Fox Creed.


  • The Truth of Tao (Center for Traditional Taoist Studies, Weston, Massachusetts, 2005), an analysis and application of the Taoist philosophy to life in the western world.[2]
  • The Essence of Tao (Center for Traditional Taoist Studies, Weston, Massachusetts, 2009) A lineage master's interpretation of the core chapters of the Tao Te Ching.
  • The Tao of Celestial Foxes-The Way to Immortality Vol. I, II, III (Center for Traditional Taoist Studies, Weston, Massachusetts, 2015, 2016, 2017) A Fox Master's explanation of the Fox Creed.


  1. ^ Brandon Toropov, Chadwick Hansen (2002). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism. Indianapolis: Alpha Books (Penguin). p. 248. 
  2. ^ Loreta Poškaitė (2013). "Laozi’s precepts for daily life in the contemporary world: two popular Western (American) interpretations" (PDF). International Journal of Area Studies. DeGruyter. 8 (1). Retrieved June 12, 2016. 

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