Footsteps to the Sublime
The world of Tibetan sacred dance
Many of these “Treasure Dances” originating over the past 1,200 years are still practiced today in Bhutan, India, Nepal, and China, in the provinces of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan and Qinghai. The exhibit will also pay homage to the Tibetan Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who has continued this ancient visionary tradition in the West through the Vajra Dances, which were transmitted to him in a series of lucid dreams he received during the 1990s.
The exhibition Meditation in Motion moves from the origins of dance in Tantric Buddhism, with the consecration of Samye Monastery in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century, and revisits the sacred dances of other “Treasure Revealers” (terton) who have translated their experiences from a vision into meditative practices.
The exhibit explores how this tradition is still alive today in the contemporary marvels of a Tibetan Master, who has shared his own discovery of the Dance of the Vajra with Dzogchen practitioners around the world.
The exhibition concludes with an overview of the Khaita Joyful Dances project also created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in 2011. "Khaita" means “Harmony in Space”. "Kha” means “space or sky”. “Ta” means “melody”. Over 300 traditional Tibetan folk dances have been reinterpreted as a simple and joyful way to experience inner harmony, which at the same time, is a practice for developing presence and awareness of the body, voice and mind, open and accessible to the public.
His study, choreography and translation of over 300 songs, today being performed by informal dance troops East and West, has also provided both the Tibetan community and others around the world, with an opportunity to re-evaluate the importance of this intangible cultural heritage, for all mankind.
The Museo di Arte e Cultura Orientale and the Cultural Association Dzogchen Community of Merigar would, once again, like to thank the Town of Arcidosso, as well as, our other institutional partners for their continued support:
We would also like to thank
Joseph Houseal, Core of Culture, Direttore.
Liz Kidera, Consulente di design per il Core of Culture.
Mr. and Mrs. Silvio Ursini Collezione
Interview with H.H. Sakya Trizin
The Vajra Dance That Benefits Beings
Shang Shung Edizioni, 2014