Zhen Dao, originator of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and founder of the MogaDao practice tradition.
MogaDao is an original tradition of graceful, medicinal, and ensouling qigong, spiritualized asana, and somatic meditation, created by Zhen Dao, based on a radical faith in the mythopoetic and archetypal power of somatic experience. The MogaDao "techne," or practices, represent dynamic sacred architectures of human potential, nourishing and informing the fields of anxiety and trauma, imagination and vitality, essence and transformation, ritual and cosmology, sexuality, and sociopolitical responsibility. These techne are supported by the novel philosophy of Post-Daoism, originated by Zhen Dao, which combines the history of Continental thought with Eastern philosophical foundations, finding them both lacking in what Zhen Dao calls "justified ontology," or what it is to be an emotional, intelligent, complex, caring, sensual, and sexual human being within a larger frame of potential cosmological harmony.
The Six Ethea are the foundational structure of the MogaDao practice tradition, and the MogaDao disciplines (called "techne" in the tradition)—MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, and MogaDao Tripartite Meditation—are the enfleshment and ensouling, in practice, of these themes or ethea. The 6 Ethea of MogaDao represent an existential framework for a comprehensive approach to being—physical, intellectual, sociopolitical, and spiritual. The Ethea represent every techne of MogaDao and every aspect of Post-Daoism divided into thematic groupings for the purposes of immersive study. The MogaDao Ethea are:
Mythopoetics: Emotion, Archetype, and the Imagination
Essence and Transformation: Post-Daoist Yin, Yang, and Yun.
Numina: Ritual and Cosmology
Depth Sexuality: The Erotic Basis of Being
Heartmind Warriorship: The Sociopolitical Dimension
The MogaDao Practice tradition
The MogaDao practice tradition proper began in 2010, with forms and practices and ideologies that Zhen Dao began creating at that time, a creative process which continues to the present. With the exception of the Morning Medical Qigong form, which predates the tradition's creativity and most current canon, and which has progenitorial movements derived from various sources, such as American acupuncturists and taiji masters, as well as clinical Chinese qigong, all of the MogaDao Qigong forms are original mythopoetic creations of Zhen Dao, with no derivation other than autodidactic research and practice. MogaDao Yoga employs classical Indian asana in terms of Post-Daoism's 5 Realms Theory, but many of MogaDao Yoga's asanas are original to Zhen Dao, in particular with regard to the recently innovated practices (2019-2020) of Primordial Yoga and Erotogenic Yoga, yoga practices which, in the case of Primordial Yoga, are designed to support SACRA Theater's acrobatic necessities, contemporary dance, and the martial arts, and in the case of Erotogenic Yoga, all aspects of sexual vitality. The three novel somatic MogaDao Meditations (MogaDao Tripartite Meditation), though naturally deriving from the historical diaspora of sitting practices, are also original to Zhen Dao and the MogaDao practice tradition.
The MogaDao practice tradition is experientially rooted in the three somatic technes of MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, and MogaDao Tripartite Meditation. These technes, however, are indivisible from the revolutionary philosophy of Post-Daoism, which is the ontological foundation of the MogaDao tradition. The Six Ethea represent the codified relevance of Post-Daoism to psychospiritual-physical practice. Within the MogaDao practice tradition, it is the combination of the ontological perspectives of Post-Daoism with the most refined training in the sacred practice arts of MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, and MogaDao Meditation that effectively revisions studies in trauma and recovery, the role of emotion, archetype, and the imagination, the theory of essences and change, ritual and the spiritual dimension of human being, and sexuality and eros, conceived not as "drives" but as pathways to human sovereignty, sociopolitical activism, and "justified ontology."
MogaDao's Ethos Program Immersions
Ethos Program Immersions are taught each year by Zhen Dao, usually at the MogaDao Institute in Santa Fe, NM, but occasionally at other venues around the country. Ethos Program Immersions are concentrated periods of study (usually 5-8 days) focusing on a particular ontological and existential theme, and the MogaDao techne that support, nourish, and explore these themes. Ethos Program Immersions are divided into "Experientia," for students who wish to submerge themselves into MogaDao for their own nourishment and development, and "Pedagogia," for only a select group of individuals who have been accepted into MogaDao's teacher training program. Announcements of Ethos Program Immersions for the remainder of 2020 are forthcoming on this website.
The MogaDao Institute, Santa Fe, NM
The MogaDao Institute, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the main location for training in the MogaDao techne, with a variety of certified MogaDao teachers, and for immersive study in the Ethos Programs with Zhen Dao. Additionally, certified MogaDao teachers conduct classes and workshops in various locations around the United States and the world; many also conduct online classes. Please see the Teachers page on this website for more information.
Taking Classes at the MogaDao Institute
The MogaDao Institute officially opened (with careful regulation with regard to COVID-19) on June 6th, with a limited schedule of classes, and a limited capacity of in-studio students. At this time, the only classes being taught at the Institute are on Saturdays and Sundays, taught by Zhen Dao. As restrictions continue to lift regarding the pandemic, there will be a much more fleshed-out curriculum. Please check the website for the latest developments regarding classes at the MogaDao Institute.
Certification to Become a MogaDao Teacher
The MogaDao teacher certification program consists of an extremely rigorous and in-depth trajectory of concentrated study in MogaDao techne, pedagogia, and the ontological philosophy of Post-Daoism, for a limited number of highly motivated and multi-dimensional individuals. The MogaDao teacher training program is currently under revision, and more detailed information is forthcoming here on the website, and on emails sent out to the MogaDao mailing list, by June, 2020.