Saturday, February 25, 7pm



We hope you can join us for our dance offering this Saturday featuring some newly performed dances, a newly made mask, new children performers, and some old favorites on this auspicious day for protecting the dharma.


Last Saturday of Each Month:
Mudra Yoga Workshop
10:30 am -1 pm

The Buddhist deities embody hand mudras for purity, power, wisdom.  We begin our 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.  We go on to consider the full body positions of the dieties as mudra, emulating the iconography  in movement, breath, and stillness.  The practice of deity yoga supports an apppreciation 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 ofMahamudra.No experience necessary. Suggested donation $25.To register call

503-233-3703 or email


5 to 12 years old
Every Sunday 3-4pmdance_mandal_dsc1063-1

Children will learn discipline though the movements, elements & nature within their own mind and body. They will be guided through basic excericises and sacred dances. The goals of the dance along with the accompanying singing and chants are to learn about the body, symbolism, and the values of the Buddhadharma. Join this Sunday. Donation only.



Every Tuesday 7-9pm , 5 weeks
February 21st to March 21st
This beginning class will offer basic movement exercises for the fluid compassion of Bodhisattvas, the power of Goddesses, and the wrath of Protectors. It will also guide participants in learning the Refuge Prayer Dance, 16 Offering Dance and the short praise dances to deities such as Tara,  Avalokiteshvara, Vajrayogini,  etc.  This includes songs and chants that accompany the dances, a visualization meditation, and the spiritual significance of the iconography. This many dimensional  introduction provides the basis for learning the complete dances of the deities while exploring one’s own body and mind.
Suggested donation $80/series
To Register:
    Email  or call 503-233-3703.

First Saturday of Each Month:
Dance Meditation Movement Workshop
10:30am – 1pm

The sacred dance of the priests of Nepal 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. Suggested donation $25.
To register call 503-233-3703 or email


An Intensive Weekend of the Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion
March 10,11&12
March 10 Friday 6-8pm
Saturday 9am-8pm
Sunday 9am-4pm
 Avalokiteshvara, also known as Chenresig or the female Kuan Yin, is the embodiment of universal compassion and is the softest, gentlest, and most fluid of bodhisattva dances represented in the Charya Nritya tradition. Participants will study Avalokiteshvara’s  attributes, energy, form, song, gestures, movement and complete dance from the Newar sacred dance tradition of the Buddhist priests of Nepal. This is an ancient form of deity yoga meditation for physical transformation, refinement of emotions, and spiritual awareness. Taught by lineage holder, Prajwal Vajracharya, this complete dance of  Avalokiteshvara is for anyone of any physical capability. Suggested donation $208 [no one turned away for lack of funds]
 To Register:
    Email  or call 503-233-3703.


On request and appointment


Helen Appell and Corinne Nakamura Vajrayogini

Helen Appell and Corinne Nakamura

CHARYA NRITYA RITUAL as PERFORMANCE – Sacred dance ritual performances are either danced solo (e.g. the dance of Avalokiteshvara) , as a partner dance (e.g.Hevajra and Nairatmya) or in groups (e.g. the dance of the 5 Transcendant Buddhas). A full performance can be with only one performer or with a combination of solo and group dances. Performances can be in any space and have been held in museums, school auditoriums, dharma centers, churches, yoga studios, performing arts theaters, and home shrine rooms.

Classes, Workshops, and Lectures

  • WEEKLY MOVEMENT CLASSES – Introductory classes on sacred movement and meditation taught by Prajwal Vajracharya and Helen Appell in Portland. Other regular weekly adult classes and children’s classes are also held in Portland throughout the year. Other instructors from Dance Mandal are also available for regular classes or tutoring in America, Europe, and Asia (see Contact page).


  • Prajwal 



  • for yogic healing and mind transformation – The sacred dance of the priests of Nepal is a dynamic yogic discipline whose 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 that allow them to experience first-hand the subtle transformative power of this graceful, yogic dance form. It is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in healing arts, sacred movement, meditation, Buddhism, or Asian practices and performance traditions. Prajwal holds monthly [first Saturday] workshops in Portland. He and other Dance Mandal instructors are available for workshops presently in Asia, the Americas, and Europe (see Contact page).


  • – Through the fluidity of the movement, breath, and stillness, we can experience the internal energies of the subtle bodies. This leads to the self – understanding of our own individual mudras and culminates in the realization of Mahamudra.


  • LECTURES – Prajwal Vajracharya and other instructors give lectures on a variety of topics, such as yogic body movement, healing movement, feet and hand mudras and their iconographic significance, sacred rituals of the Newar tradition, and, dance traditions of Nepal.


  • TOURS –
  • We offer tours of the Nritya Mandala Temple and the Vihara on request.


  • PURIFICATION RITUAL for Body, Speech, and Mind – This ritual is based on a tradition that has been carried down for centuries by Buddhist priests of Nepal. The ritual includes explanation of the five elements (air, fire, water, space and earth) in one’s being, purifying with the 5 elements, and the body as a mandala. Participants are
  • then guided to perform the ritual for self-purification.
  • In the Buddhist, a house blessing is conducted always before the people move in a new house, after construction is finished,  purchased house it will be done after purchase before moving in. The blessing is performed by a Buddhist priest and varies greatly throughout Nepal. The traditional house blessing is the chanting of mantras,perform ritual in 8 direction of the house and  each door will be protracted by the Mantras.
  • Here are the steps for your wedding.
    1)  Staphana Pooja:  Establishment.  Priest establishes ritual materials and objects and purifies them.  He purifies his own body mind, and speech.
    2)   Gurumandala Pooja: Purification.  Bride and Groom enter the ritual space and Priest guides them through a symbolic purification of their  body, mind, and speech.
    3)  Jola Naykan Shinamoo: Mirror Reflection.  Priest reflects the good energy created during the ritual, to Bride and Groom and to All Sentient Beings. 4) Kisli: Rice, Coins, and Betel Nuts.  Bride and Groom pray for good health and long life together5)Tikka: Yogurt, Rice, and Red Powder.  Priest gives a blessing to Bride and Groom6) Swayambar: Marriage  (a) Bride circles groom 3x and places a flower garland over his head.  Groom circles   bride 3x and places a flower garland over her head.  The circling binds their energies together.(b)   Bride and groom exchange jewelry, including wedding rings. (c)   Say and share by Bride and Groom.  (There is no time limit and the content is up to you.) (d)  Shindur Laguene: Putting Red Powder. Groom puts Abir on Bride’s head.  The red color symbolizes a promise as deep as bloom       (e) Kanyadan: My Daughter is your Daughter. The bride’s parents give their daughter to the groom.
    Stuff needed: Karuwa, gwaya, pan, money, and parents of Bride and Groom
    7)   Gwaya Sayake: Sharing Betel Nuts.  The Groom’s family welcomes the Bride and introduces their family for life-long relationship
    8)  Dhauo Saga: Blessing withYogurt.  Priest gives for blessing for happiness and joy to the Bride, Groom, and all family members
    9)  Shiffala Lukegu: Head Bang.  Groom’s Father puts the heads of the Bride and Groom together and Groom’s Mother pours rice, flowers, and fruits over their heads.
    10)  KhenSagan:  Wine, Fish, Egg.  The Bride and Groom and their families eat of the whole universe.




the Rice Feeding Ceremony is a celebration in Nepal in which a child is first fed rice. Although centuries old tradition, modern science has established the fact that child’s digestive system is capable of processing solid food when they are approximately six months old which is why anapasana is held for when a baby turns six months old but it can vary between daughters and sons.This ceremony is held at five months for daughters, and six months for sons. An auspicious date and time is chosen by an astrologer,Special costumes are worn during  ceremonies .

IIHI PUJA(Bel Bibaha) -Newar ceremony for girls under 12 years old

This ritual has been in practice since hundreds of years. Bel fruit (wood apple) has a peculiar quality of not getting rotten and remaining fresh forever. This ritual have to be done before 12 year for the girl.

  BRATA BRANDHAN(KETA PUJA) – Newar ceremony for boys under 12

years old

  • Saskrit brata = promise, bandhan = to be bound. This Sanskara (rite of passage) involves elaborate Karma Kanda which involves the participation of entire family and a guru (teacher) who then accepts the boy as a disciple in the guru shishya tradition in Nepal. Traditionally these boys were sent to  gurus to learn in a gurukul system of education but in modern times this act of the boy doing for first alms round in town and leaving his family for gurus hermitage is done symbolically within the family and is later is stopped by his maternal uncle (Mama)(Pau) from leaving


  • Bahra Tayagu
  • The ceremony is conducted before the first Menstruation. Generally accepted age is 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 year old. The first day of the ceremony starts with a usual puja conducted either by the eldest woman of the lineage or the priest.  A voodoo doll representing the bahra Khaya, the cave ghost, is prepared and put at one corner of the room. It  is possessed in some way by the bahra khaya and thus as homage the girls regularly conducts puja to the khayak.  Also from this day onward the girls has to put on a special facial called Kaoo to make her beautiful.


  • Buda Budhi Jango
  • When man and women turning 77 years,7months and 7 days. There is the Special ceremony to perform.

* Rituals can be performed at the Portland Temple or at another location. Reservations are required for all rituals prior to ritual preparation. No charge; donations accepted. Contact Prajwal for reservations or more information.


SACRED DANCE RITUAL DAYS – These silent days of guided meditation, excercises, ritual dance, potluck lunch, and teaching are held in Portland and may be held in other areas on request. RETREAT WEEKENDS or WEEKS – These are similar to the dance ritual days.