About Red Thread

About Red Thread Santa Rosa Ca

"Why can’t clear eyed bodhisattvas sever the red thread?"

Which is to say, why can’t an awakened person transcend this world, transcend being human? The Red Thread is the umbilical cord to life, it is what makes us alive, what makes us human. Awakening to your life now, and experiencing the vitality and health of one’s life is what is important.

There is a Chinese proverb:  An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break.

Although in modern usage it is often simplified to describe one’s fate in meeting a significant other, the original proverb does not actually discriminate the type of relationship or singularity of such. Rather it points to the interconnectedness of all our lives, and the ways they intersect, the ways we are there for each other - a destiny of being alive together, helping one another. 

The more we looked, the more we found: references of a Red Thread alluding to lineage, good fortune, perseverance, connection... ideas spanning culture and belief systems, concepts that all returned to commonality. A reminder that we are all in this together.

Red Thread Institute believes in helping people to live full, vital, and healthy lives. Promoting inspiration and orientation from innate virtue, we empower individuals to wake up to the course of their own lives. Through exceptional programs and integrity of practice we assist individuals to heal themselves and thus aid others.
Red Thread Institute is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit organization offering educational programs and operates a clinical facility to enrich the human experience; promoting wellness - one patient, one student at a time.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Meet Our Team


Dr. Michael Sweeney

DTCM, DMQ (China), LAc.
Master Instructor, Academic Director

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Doctor of Medical Qigong
Licensed Acupuncturist
Doctoral Fellow, Five Branches University

Daoshi [priest] 
67th generation, Tian Shi Pai Daoism
22nd generation, Long Men Pai Daoism
Abbot, Temple of the Luminous Heart [明心宮]


Ishara Sweeney

President, Clinical Director

Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Massage Therapist
Medical Qigong Therapist
Licensed Acupuncturist
Doctoral Fellow, Five Branches University

Senior Zen Student with Pacific Zen Institute
22nd generation, Long Men Pai Daoism


Complete Faculty & Staff Bios Coming Soon...