The Ethea Series
with Zhen Dao
Online, Saturdays and Sundays
ETHOS PROGRAM III
Essence, and Transformation:
Post-Daoist Essence & Gender Theory—Yin, Yang, and Yun
There are few topics as contemporary, we might even say as urgent, as the subject of essence and transformation, and the natural correlative that emerges from these considerations: gender. Throughout the month of July, in the ETHEA SERIES, both the EXPERIENTIA on Saturdays and the INTERACTIVE on Sundays, Zhen Dao will lead her online classes in the MogaDao Qigong forms that support the unique definitions and somatic experiences of Yin and Yang within the Post-Daoist philosophy of essence, which is utterly distinct from the inherited essence theories of “classical” Daoist Yin and Yang. Zhen is in the process of creating the MogaDao Qigong Yun Essential Form, so we will not be practicing that, but there will be discussion about this new essence, called Yun, that Zhen has identified and denoted as a missing ontology in inherited Daoist theories, and, in practice, Zhen will be emphasizing the Yun aspects in MogaDao Qigong in general.
This ETHOS PROGRAM III probes some of the most fundamental questions of our existence, such as: What do the Post-Daoist terms “True Yang” and “True Yin” mean? What is an essence? What is transformation? How do they relate? In a Post-Daoist world view, what is the relationship between the essences of Yin, Yang, and Yun and experiences and presentations of gender within the realms of culture? Do we have a spiritual responsibility to transform? Or do we have a spiritual responsibility to remain identifiable as “ourselves,” both to others and to ourselves? What is the relationship between identity and change? Is the self a fluxing impermanence or does some essence remain through all of our changes?
Because of the scintillating nature of these types of questions, and many more, this month’s introduction to ETHOS PROGRAM III will consist of ⅔ qigong practice and ⅓ Post-Daoist discourse. In the INTERACTIVE class on Sundays there will be the same proportion of practice to consideration, but there will be discussion in the Sunday class.
Saturday, July 4th - Saturday, July 25th
Saturday from 9am—10:15am Mountain Time, USA for four consecutive Saturdays.
The Saturday Ethos Program class is an “experientia” class. Within the MogaDao tradition, classes characterized as “experientia” are classes in which the MogaDao teacher essentially carries the students through a psychospiritual somatic experience of the MogaDao practice, such that students can experience the practice in their bodies and spirits, without the distraction of didactic learning.
This registration is for four Saturday classes. Classes are not available separately, and prorating is not available for late attendees.
Saturday, July 4th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, July 11th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, July 18th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, July 25th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Sunday, July 5th - Sunday, July 26th
Sunday from 10am—11:15am Mountain Time, USA for four consecutive Sundays.
The INTERACTIVE ETHEA class on Sundays is designed to be a more didactic experience than the experientia on Saturdays. In the interactive class, students are encouraged to ask questions about the material that was covered in the experientia—psychospiritual, philosophical, medical, or formal—and to go over and refine that material with detailed instruction. There is a wondrous devotion among students studying with Zhen Dao and many other MogaDao teachers at this time, and THE INTERACTIVE ETHEA is designed to carry serious students further in the details of their learning (with Zhen and the other MogaDao teachers currently offering classes). THE INTERACTIVE ETHEA class is utterly connected to the Saturday ETHOS PROGRAM Experientia class.
This registration is for four Sunday classes. Classes are not available separately, and prorating is not available for late attendees.
Sunday, July 5th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, July 12th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, July 19th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, July 26th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
the ethea series moving forward
Zhen Dao will be teaching an introductory class (4 Saturday installments per Ethos Program each month) beginning Saturday, May 2nd and continuing uninterrupted for 7 months. Each month, a few weeks before the next Ethos Program is to begin, we'll put out an announcement about the program, including a brief summary of course content and registration details.
The Ethos Programs and the corresponding dates of The Ethea Series are as follows:
Human Fragility: Anxiety, Trauma, and Grief (May 2020)
Mythopoetics: Emotion, Archetype, and Imagination (June 2020)
Essence and Transformation: Post-Daoist Essence & Gender Theory—Yin, Yang, and Yun (July 2020)
NO CLASSES IN AUGUST
*with the exception of the online Italian Ethea Introduction
Zhenevere Sophia Dao's Online Introduction to the MogaDao Ethea Continues in September
Numena: Ritual and Cosmology (September 2020)
Depth Sexuality: The Erotic Basis of Being (October 2020)
Heartmind Warriorship: The Sociopolitical Dimension (November 2020)
Originally, the summer of 2020 was to mark the introduction of the Ethos Program Immersions, 1-2 week thematic study concentrations held at the MogaDao Institute, in Santa Fe, NM, and taught by Zhen Dao. However, because of the necessary restrictions imposed by COVID-19, beginning in May, 2020, Zhen will instead offer an introduction to the study paradigm of the Ethea, in a weekly online course. In this ongoing series, each Ethos Program will have four consecutive Saturdays of introductory instruction; then the focus will switch to the next Ethos Program. Because these 4-Saturday courses will build one upon the other, there will be no prorating available for students entering a 4-week series tardily. In the case of belated entrance, students can choose to register for the whole series, regardless of their late entry, or they may wish to wait for the next month's Ethos Program and register at the beginning in order to embrace the entirety of a given series. Each 1.25 hour class will be divided into practice and a lecture, with the lecture portion taking up perhaps 20% of the practice class. The primary MogaDao techne will be MogaDao Qigong, but other MogaDao techne may be utilized according to the theme of the Ethos Program.
honoring the transmission-based tradition of mogadao
A transition-based tradition means that teachers—and the bodies of teachers, and the body of knowledge that MogaDao teachers represent—are the only source of the teachings of MogaDao. In other words, there is no "media" available with regard to the practices of MogaDao.—there are only the teachers. MogaDao teachers are not permitted to record their online teachings and offer them to students as study tools outside of the live experience of their online teachings (streaming). This means that students, too, are part of this honor code, which establishes the MogaDao tradition as rather unique in the modern age. In some 30 years of teaching, Zhen Dao herself has never made videos of the vast practices of MogaDao; no material outside of the direct interface of her body has ever been available. Going online at this time, under the current circumstances, is a form of flowing with the Dao, of following necessity. However, this means that students taking her online classes—and the online classes of other MogaDao teachers—must needs participate in that timeworn honor code of non-recording. Zhen Dao, the MogaDao teachers, and the tradition of MogaDao are deeply grateful for your understanding and compliance in this regard.