The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary, men and women welcome.
Mandala Dance Retreat (3 day) – Parvati Forrest Burke
Cost is $108-150 (scholarships available upon request). Tuition includes sari rental and text
Day 1 Movement and Meditation of Tara* Friday, October 20st
7:00 – 9:00 pm at Sakya Monastery. Suggested donation: $15 (if not attending full Retreat*)
Day 2 Saturday, Oct. 21st: Noon – 6:00 pm (Taoist Institute, 225 N. 70th St., Seattle, 98103)
Day 3 Sunday, Oct. 22nd: 10:00 – Noon (Spectrum Dance Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd. Seattle, then 2:00 – 8:00 pm at Sakya Monastery