In the Dzogchen Teaching sound and movement are very important because they are the means to integrate oneself into the state of contemplation. The Vajra Dance is principally a practice to harmonize the energy of the individual. If one has a more profound knowledge of the meaning of the Dance, it becomes a method for integrating the three existences of body, voice and mind into the knowledge of the state of contemplation. This integration is one of the most important aims of a Dzogchen practitioner.
The Vajra Dance is practiced on a Mandala which represents the correspondence between the internal dimension of the individual and the outer dimension of the world. In 2011, at the International Dance Olympiad in Moscow, the Vajra Dance was officially recognized by CID (Conseil International de la Danse in Paris), the official organization recognized by UNESCO for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu also became a member of this International Dance Council.
For more information on the Vajra Dance, please visit the International Dzogchen Community Vajra Dance website: vajradance.net
YouTube Video: The Vajra Dance That Benefits Beings - Khandroling 2014
YouTube Video: The Vajra Dance That Benefits Beings (also knows as the Dance of the Six Spaces or the Dance of the Six Liberations)
Quiets the Mind and Opens the Heart: Vajra Dance at Tsegyalgar in Conway from Taylor Haney View on Vimeo. This film was originally published online for Pioneer Valley Soundscapes, a course at Amherst College that documents communities and sounds in the Pioneer Valley.
Tsegyalgar East conducts weekly Vajra Dance practice sessions year-round in the Schoolhouse Gonpa and on Khandroling (Summer-Fall) as well as many beginning and advanced Vajra Dance courses led by certified Vajra Dance Teachers. For a full schedule please visit our Weekly Practices and Special Events calendars on this website under Local Centers; for workshops see our Master Calendar; visit the links listed below: