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Prajwal Vajracharya Presents Ancient Buddhist Teachings

Prajwal Vajracharya performing Buddhist dance.

Prajwal Vajracharya, a Buddhist priest from Nepal and the lineage holder of an esoteric practice focused on temple dances, will present two workshops in Sacramento the weekend of January 19 and 20, 2013. Prajwal teaches a sacred Buddhist dance form that for hundreds of years has been virtually unknown outside the circles of those who perform it. This ancient ritual dance dates back over more than 1000 years and is a religious discipline of the priests of Kathmandu, who perform the dance as part of their esoteric meditation practices, ceremonies, and rituals. Now Westerners can learn the dance as a spiritual practice as well as a sacred performance art. This will be the first time this form of Buddhism has been presented in Sacramento.

The first workshop will be, Dance Movement Meditation, and will be presented on Saturday, January 19th at the River Song Meditation and Yoga Studio, Sierra 2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Room 14 from 2-4:30 pm. This workshop, will teach the sacred dance of the priests of Nepal which is a dynamic yogic discipline for healing and transformation. The dance movements and meditative elements effect profound changes of mind and body. The goals of the dance are yogic mastery of the body, refinement of the emotions, and deepened spiritual awareness. This workshop introduces the theory of the movement style and accompanying visualizations and chants. Participants will be guided through basic movements and dance sequences of this yogic dance form. This workshop is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in healing arts, sacred movement, meditation, Buddhism, or Asian practices and performance traditions. No experience necessary.

The second workshop will be on Sunday, January 20th from 1-4 pm, Prajwal will teach Mudra Yoga and give a performance of his deity dances to evoke healing. The Mudra Yoga Workshop will be held at the Ohana Dance Group Halau in South Land Park, 6235 Belleau Wood Lane, Suite 1B. The Buddhist deities embody hand mudras for purity, power, and wisdom. Prajwal will begin the practice of Mudra Yoga with the meaning and significance of each finger. Applying the appropriate gesture can heal the organs, tissues, bones, and nerves of the body. He will go on to consider the full body positions of the deities as mudra, emulating the iconography in movement, breath, and stillness. The practice of deity yoga supports an appreciation of the inner beauty of the body and cultivates understanding of our personal mudras as unique expression. The workshop also includes teaching on the stages of karma mudra, dharma mudra, and sahaja sundari mudra, which culminate in the realization of Mahamudra. No experience necessary. This workshop will emphasize the healing arts as well as sacred movement, Buddhism, Asian practices and performance traditions. Dancers interested in perfecting their expressive hand gestures will be particularly rewarded in taking this workshop.

Suggested donation for each workshop is $15 per adult and $10 per student or senior. Register at: www.heartflame-reiki.com. For more information about Prajwal Vajracharya and his organization, Dance Mandal, visit: www.dancemandal.com

For more information about the workshops, email:  info@heartflame-reiki.com or call: 916-662-7175.

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