Zhen Dao is the founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and the MogaDao practice tradition. She is a writer on a wide variety of spiritual, philosophical, and cultural subjects. She was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and has published fiction with Penguin Books. She lives in a small cabin deep in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she teaches classes at the MogaDao Institute and writes the scripts and develops the choreography for the SACRA: Immanence Theater Company. In addition to directing SACRA, she is also a player in the company.
“Post-Daoism” is a new branch of philosophy, created by Zhen Dao, incorporating the accumulated and matured thought of thirty years of original teaching, in order to establish her radical revaluations of “inherited” or classical Daoism. Post-Daoism represents a comprehensive revisioning of all aspects of classical or inherited Daoism, including new understandings of Yin-Yang Theory and the introduction of a new Daoist essence: “Yun”; Post-Daoist 5-Realms Theory (as distinct from inherited 5-Element Theory); sexuality and queerness based on new understandings of the Jing, rather than standard Daoist harmonies of static notions of “Yin” and “Yang”; paradigm-shifting reconceptualizations of the three essences of TCM: Jing, Qi, and Shen; the teachings of the Erotic Basis of Being and the concept of the Heartmind as a spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, and sociopolitical human responsibility; the reestablishment of the primary place of desire in the spiritual life and in Post-Daoist cosmology; theories of immanence and transcendence through a Post-Daoist lens; and new Post-Daoist definitions of the philosophy and practice of performance.
The MogaDao practice tradition encompasses 6 disciplines: MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, Jingshen Gongfu, MogaDao Tripartite Meditation (Empty Sky Meditation, Floating Heart Meditation, Jing Retrieval), Depth Sexuality and the Erotic Basis of Being Program, and the Heartmind Warrior Training Program. These disciplines and programs represent Zhen Dao’s original contributions to the history of qigong, yoga, martial arts, meditation, sexuality studies, trauma studies, comparative religion, and Eastern philosophy.
Zhen Dao is also the founder of the SACRA: Immanence Theater Company, and the philosophical-spiritual-theatrical cross section of the work of Immanence Theater. A transgender woman, Zhen Dao is a choreographer, poet, playwright, novelist, and a master innovator in the fields of qigong, yoga, meditation, sexuality studies, and performance philosophy and practice.
Zhen Dao can be reached at: email@example.com