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AUTUMNAL EQUINOX OFFERING

September 22 Friday at 7pm

Join us for an informal offering of  Charya dance and song as we celebrate the Equinox, the beginning of Autumn, abundance of harvest, equality of duration of night and day. Dance Mandal will be offering performance. Come explore with us while revering this special time of year… Donations accepted.

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WEEKEND DANCE INTENSIVE

REFUGE PRAYER DANCE & 16 OFFERINGS 5 BUDDHA MANDALA FORMATION An Introductory weekend to Charya Nritya Saturday &Sunday  Septermber 23 &24 10:30am-6pm

Come dance with Dance Mandal at the Nritya Mandala Temple for a weekend intensive on the Five Buddha Mandala formation of the Refuge Prayer Dance & 16 Offering Dance.
These two dances are foundational for learning any of the deity dances and when practiced in the 5 Buddha Mandala brings added kinesthetic experience and significance to the 5 Buddhas, to mandalas, and to refuge and making offerings. From the subtle energies of the Five Buddhas arise all deities, all elements, all transformed poisons into wisdoms.

The weekend includes dharma talks, Charya dance, meditation and study along with exercises for the basic movement of all deity dances. The Charya Nritya practice will focus on the preliminary dances, chants, mudras and Bodhisattva movement. It is open to anyone interested near and afar.

Vihara space available for those traveling from afar. Contact us soon to reserve a space.
If interested in participating and for more information, contact  helen@dancemandal.com    prajwal@dancemandal.com
or call 503- 807-5252
No experience necessary. Suggested donation $108
RESERVATIONS NECESSARY

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CHILDREN’S CLASS

5 to 12 years old
Every Sunday 4-5pm

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MEDITATION MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

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August 5th

10:30am – 1pm
1st Saturday of each Month
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MUDRA YOGA WORKSHOP

 

August 26
10:30am-1pm 
Last Saturday of each Month
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8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

NOVEMBER 10TH FRIDAY

ALL DAY COME AND JOIN

 

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~Dance Mandal~

Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal

Prajwal dancing Singha Mukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini
photo by Andre Elbing

The Dance Mandal troupe practices a sacred Buddhist dance form that for hundreds of years has be 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.

Dance Mandal, Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal, established by Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya in Kathmandu, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Charya Nritya and the related traditions of instrumental and vocal music, choreography, and the crafts of making the masks, costumes, and jewelry used in the dances. Since its inception in 1996, Dance Mandal has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. Classes and workshops are also offered on this sacred art form. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Westerners can learn the dance as a spiritual practice as well as a sacred performance art.

 

~Nritya Mandala Mahavihara~

Portland Buddhist Temple, Study Center & Home of Dance Mandal

Open for meditation practice!
weekdays 8:00-9:00 a.m. , Saturday and Sunday 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Please see ‘Events’ on this site for classes and workshops offered at the Vihara!

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Attachments_2017113Lookking inside the Temple from the Temple Gates.     Photos by Suva Shakya

Portland, Oregon is home of the first Nepalese Temple in the West. The lineage holder of Newar Vajrayana Buddhism, Prajwal Vajracharya, and his dance center, Dance Mandal, along with co-founder, Helen Appell celebrated the completion of Nritya Mandala Mahavihara in 2009. The Mahavihara is a study center which includes the new temple and focuses on movement, sacred arts, meditation and teachings for anyone interested in devoting practice to reveal their inner nature.

The center serves as a major step in the preservation, expansion and exploration of all Newar meditative arts, while concurrently welcoming all those interested in inner practice to share the environment.