"In the ancient Dzogchen texts we find descriptions of various Vajra dances that seem to have been used in those times, but more recently only very few Vajra dances have remained a living tradition, and only in a few monasteries. A Vajra dance is generally considered to be a sacred dance and is presented as such. Effectively practiced in that way, a Vajra dance is in a real sense always connected with the Dance of the Vajra that we do. This Dance of the Vajra is related to the practice of contemplation, or what we call the state of Dzogchen.” - excerpt from an interview with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, March 6, 1999.
Since 1991 Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has taught four different Vajra Dances. While all four harmonize the three main aspects of our being – body, energy (or voice), and mind – each dance has its own specific characteristics. .
The Dance of the Song of the Vajra is a complex symbolic dance connected in particular to the energetic aspect of our existence. The sound of each syllable of the Song of the Vajra is linked to a specific energy point within our inner mandala (our body) and our outer mandala (the external dimension of the world). Through the integration of sound, color, and movement we can coordinate these energy points and create a resonance between the inner and outer dimensions, opening us up to a higher awareness with healing benefits.
The Dance of the Vajra That Benefits Beings is a symbolic dance of the interrelationship of all sentient beings based on wisdom and compassion. Its sounds are closely related to the purification and harmonization of our main chakras. It brings awareness and relaxation of the tensions produced by our conditioning and our emotions.
The Dance of the Three Vajras is a symbolic dance of contemplation that purifies the three essential aspects of our existence – body, energy, and mind – through the three syllables OM, A, and HUM, embodying the essential sounds or frequency of enlightened beings.
The Vajra Dance of Space is a symbolic dance of total integration beyond beginning or end, a dance of ultimate bliss in the recognition of our real potentiality as well as the interdependence of inner and outer reality and its illusory nature.
In all Vajra Dances, by moving with the body, singing mantras with the voice, and entering into a state of contemplation with the mind, the three main aspects of our existence are balanced and we can find serenity and deep relaxation.
Vajra Dance and Dzogchen
All Vajra Dances are inseparably linked to receiving an introduction and transmission of the Dzogchen teaching. To generate all the functions and benefits of this Dzogchen method, one should have received this transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. However, anyone can learn and practice the Dance of the Vajra That Benefits Beings, both for personal well-being and for the world.