by Taka Ogata
Munselling, the Dzogchen Community Japan, held a Vajra Dance Weekend Intensive Course in Tokyo on June 13 – 14, 2015, led by Kyu Kyuno, a second level Vajra Dance instructor from Tsegyalgar East. Twelve practitioners participated in this two day course including three first-timers. Everyone learned in a relaxed way, enjoying yet very passionately.
This course was designed not only for experienced practitioners for the review and updating, but beginners were also very welcome. For the first day the experienced practitioners reviewed and brushed up on The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings, but in the meantime the beginners learned the dance together enjoying and they were fascinated. They were quick learners even though it was their first A. It was naturally not easy to learn the whole dance in one day for a first timer, but experienced dancers dancing together with beginners worked well and there seemed to be a good energy. On the second day six practitioners reviewed the Dance of the Song of the Vajra repeating it many times.
On the first day we borrowed a space at a Japanese temple located in the center of Shinjuku, one of the most crowded areas of Tokyo; it was a small spot amidst the bustle but tranquility and calmness remained. On the second day we borrowed a space at a public hall in west central Tokyo. Munselling does not have its own fixed space still and we usually do our collective practices using some public or private facility, but we are looking forward to having a ling in the near future.
Kyu always teaches passionately. This course was a follow up for the courses we had in November 2014 and January 2015 where we learned and reviewed the Dance of the Three Vajras and the Song of the Vajra Dance. Each time we have a course more than fifteen people come, including new participants. We also have courses in Kobe and people practice there regularly as well. The Vajra Dance is loved very much in Japan!