Zhenzan Dao is a master of the sacred physical arts of qigong, taiji, gongfu, and yoga and the founder of the MogaDao Institute.
During his 20s and well into his 30s he was severely challenged by debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, from which he entirely cured himself with the Eastern healing arts. His unique assumption of these arts would eventually become the tradition of MogaDao, Zhenzan Dao’s original contribution to the disciplines of yoga, qigong, gongfu, and meditation.
Zhenzan Dao holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the university of Arizona, where he also earned a minor in modern dance. He has been a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, during which time he began writing fiction. His first novel, The Lake, was published by Penguin in 2000, under the name Daniel Villasenor. His second novel, The Museum Of The Dignified And the Beautiful, written over the course of twelve years, was published by Zhenzan Dao’s own press, Epicene Press, in October of 2014, and is available for purchase here.
A major portion of Zhenzan Dao’s adult life has been spent overseas, living and writing in diverse regions of Italy, and training in sacred practice disciplines in the Orient. His sensibility is informed rather equally by the cultures of antique China, Neo-Platonic Renaissance Italy, and Homeric, Presocratic Greece, and these influences pervade every aspect of his being, including all of his literary work, whether it be in fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.