Acharya Arawana Hayashi

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Arawana Hayashi first saw Vidyadhara Chogyam Rinpoche in the summer of 1974 when her improvisational dance company auspiciously toured through Boulder. She did not remember anything he said, but she had never seen anyone move through the space as he did. That inspired her to stop and sit down on a cushion. In 1976 he suggested she join the Naropa Institute as Co-Director of the Dance Program with Barbara Dilley. The following year he asked her to studybugaku, Japanese Court Dance, and to use this form as a basis for creating Shambhala art. She then began studying with Suenobu Togi Sensei, formerly a member of the Japanese Imperial Household Music Department. While at Naropa she created with Lee Worley, Jeremy Hayward, and Jerry Granelli a Rockefeller Foundation Arts in Education program for classroom teachers. She attended the 1979 Vajradhatu Seminary and the 1981 Kalapa Assembly. In 1981 she returned to Cambridge, MA to found and direct the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group, which presented performances of new choreography andbugaku. The company also made community-based site-specific performances and school programs. She directed the company for 19 years. She began teaching Shambhala Training in 1982, and has co-directed five Warrior Assemblies. In…

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