Heartmind Warrior Training Program

Heartmind Warrior Seminar: Fridays, 2:00pm—3:45pm
Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training: Fridays, 4:00pm—5:15pm (see description below)
(Both Classes are Held at the MogaDao Institute, Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, NM)

The Heartmind Warrior Training Program seeks to elevate the spiritual, intellectual, somatic, and sociopolitical consciousness of all participants, with an especial focus on virtuous leadership and the ethos of the Heartmind Warrior. The Heartmind Warrior Training Program consists of The Heartmind Warrior Seminar and The Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training Class. The Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training Class, because of its physical rigors, is not for everyone, and it is not mandatory in order to enroll in The Heartmind Warrior Training Program.

The Heartmind Warrior Seminar is at once an academic class, with reading and discussion, a movement class, exploring energy and power dynamics through soft taiji, qigong, and gentle gongfu partner training, and a theater “laboratory” which takes place only on the 9th and culminating week of the Seminar, in which the subjects of the Seminar are interpreted through theatrical narratives in an experimental setting.

The academic portion of The Heartmind Warrior Seminar is divided into 8-week semesters; the theatrical “laboratory” comprises a 9th week. Each semester has a specific theme, such as Race and Existence, The Warriorship Principle and the Heartmind Warrior, Gender and Sexual Identity, Eroticism and Human Freedom, The More-Than-Human World, The Crucible of Illness, etc. These themes represent areas of personal and societal complexity and challenge, in other words aspects of existence that call forth the most comprehensive apprehension of the relation of mind, heart, and body, and often the fiercest commitment to human and earthen justice, and psychological and spiritual insight.

There is no one who could not benefit from The Heartmind Warrior Training Program, though the work might be of particular interest to: community and religious leaders, artists, individuals working on self-empowerment, those interested in the MogaDao principle of “Empowered Non-violence,” those with quietest sitting practices (Buddhist or otherwise) who feel that studies in energetic embodiment might enhance their static practices, martial artists for whom machismo training atmospheres have been troubling, individuals particularly alienated or bewildered by the sociopolitical climate, people who have recovered from addiction who seek to reinforce their transformations, individuals who have recovered from acute trauma but seek to reinforce their transformations, performers seeking more authentic somatic experience, counselors, psychologists, and broad-thinking health professionals and academics interested in embodiment practices as they relate to their fields, etc.

Current Semester: August 25th—October 20th
Topic: SPIRITUAL WARRIORSHIP and THE HEARTMIND WARRIOR

Required Reading:

  1. SMILE AT FEAR: AWAKENING THE TRUE HEART OF BRAVERY, by Chogyam Trungpa

  2. THE UNFETTERED MIND: WRITINGS FROM A ZEN MASTER TO A MASTER
    SWORDSMAN, by Takuan Soho

  3. FLESHING THE SPIRIT: SPIRITUALITY AND ACTIVISM IN CHICANA, LATINA, AND
    INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S LIVES, by Elisa Facio and Iren Lara (Editors)

  4. THE WAY OF THE HEARTMIND WARRIOR, preliminary essays, by Zhenzan Dao

The Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training Class

The Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training Class, which takes place from 4:00pm—5:15pm on Fridays, at the MogaDao Institute, is a specialized class within The Heartmind Warrior Training Program. This is a rigorous, full-intensity gongfu class focusing on the MogaDao culture of spiritualized warriorship. The class consists of an intense gongfu fitness regimen (standardized), martial techniques and sparring, the practice of the Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Form (at full intensity), Empty Sky Meditation, and the solidarity of the communal Heartmind Warrior Vow. Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training represents a unique paradox that is implicitly at the heart of all truly spiritual martial arts practices: the physical and martial training is supreme, but the ethos or overarching purpose of the training is what Master Zhenzan Dao calls one of “Eros,” by which is meant the cultivation of a tender heart through the maximization of personal powers and dignity. The class is only for those who are already in very good physical condition (no martial arts background is necessary), or for martial artists of any tradition who seek a sacred (monastic) environment for their training and a richer, religious definition of the honed human body, or for those who have grown uncomfortable with atmospheres of machismo and mindless forms of intensity. Students interested in Heartmind Warrior Gongfu Training but unsure if they are physically prepared for its rigors, may come to witness the class in order to decide whether it is right for them.