Summer has arrived with a big blast of heat. Some of us are out and about in our jobs, others are working online, and many are still sheltering safely at home. While we are all navigating the ‘new normal’, one thing to keep in mind is self-care. Do good things – eat better, exercise more (we suggest dance!), and keep it positive and stylish, even if you are just commuting from your kitchen to your home office.
The beauty of change is something to look forward to. Find a different side of yourself by trying a new look and stepping outside of your status quo. We’d suggest a stop at our shop https://etsy.me/2VAx2KC for some inspired ideas. Enjoy and Happy 4th weekend!
Bring the family for an incredible day of fun, food, and entertainment as the University of Mary Washington presents its 2019 Multicultural Festival, rain or shine. Shop with hundreds of vendors from around the world, watch diverse music performances, eat delicious specialties, and participate in free workshops for all ages. Kids have a dedicated activity center, too! Utpalasia will be presenting a program of original fusion, classical Indian, and folk dance at 2:15 in Monroe Hall. We hope you’ll join us! The event runs from 10am to 5pm. Parking is free.
There is a very engrossing article about how science can complement and enhance Buddhism. Founded about 20 years ago, the Sager Science Leadership Institute began to work with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and the National Writing Project to bring to life the Dalai Lama’s conviction that “all avenues of inquiry – scientific as well as spiritual – must be pursued in order to arrive a complete picture of the truth.”
Monks were taught how to write about science, leadership, and for enjoyment in monastic centers in India. They would write about topics as diverse as personal preferences, recipes, scientific phenomena, and languages while also teaching others about Buddhism. A sense of community began to develop and this further expanded the program in new directions.
This past December Associate Professor of English, Jessica Early, along with other instructors from Arizona State University and the Central Arizona Writing Project, took her skills to Dzongkar Choede Monastery in southern India to conduct several workshops on how to write about science.
Eventually, the efforts of the monks will be collected and published in an anthology, which will be shared with other monasteries. To learn more about this extraordinary project, see the full article here: https://goo.gl/fuJemF
Joy, luck, and prosperity await us as we enter into Tibetan Losar and the Year of the Earth Pig.
Originally, Losar was a festival that celebrated the good fortune of a fruitful harvest, but over time, as Buddhism seeped into Tibetan culture, the holiday took on a different meaning.
Tibetans will celebrate Losar for two weeks starting on the first day of the lunisolar calendar (usually in February or March on our calendar). Chhaang – a smooth and subtle relative of beer – is made into changkol. People eat guthuk, special dumplings filled with tiny objects with different implications. They also eat khapse (recipe here: https://goo.gl/qPrrvF), a deep-fried sweet.
Losar is an opportunity for people to get together with friends and family in anticipation of what the New Year will bring and exchange greetings by saying, “Tashi Delek”, which means “Blessings and be well”.
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Vintage Tibetan Sterling Silver Fish Earrings
We turned 10 this month! It has been quite a journey, beginning with Nepal Dance School in 2007 and culminating in today’s Utpalasia. During that time we transformed ourselves and our programs, focusing more on public engagement and education while continuing to attract students interested in learning dance and music through classes and workshops. Our performances have always been geared to presenting Asian culture and heritage, particularly that of Nepal and Tibet, in order to bring recognition, foster appreciation, and continue preservation of these unique and incredibly beautiful art forms. Utpalasia is truly an unusual venture; we are woman-owned, boast of our own in-house composer and two choreographers, have a costume designer at the ready, and a tech guy to keep us running smoothly. Our thanks to them, and to all of you, for your suggestions and input, participation and enthusiasm, energy and devotion as we continue on our path into the future. We hope we will continue to surprise and delight you, the audience, in the years to come!
NDS will be presenting a full day of Himalayan dance and music at The Hill School in Middleburg on March 12th. This program is part of our series created for Young Audiences of Virginia and will be exploring some of the similarities, influences, and exchanges between Nepal, Tibet, and China. Performances will include rare Buddhist and typical village dances, followed by interactive workshops. We are excited to have this opportunity to share Himalayan traditions and performance arts with the students and staff of this amazing school!