The Great Cham Dance
February 24-25, 2017
As the dancers are imagining themselves as the deity, they think that all the physical motions they make are the expressions of the deity or the deity’s motions. Likewise, the spectators of a lama dance should not think of lama dancing as an ordinary performance or ordinary dance. If you know how to practice the mantra, it is important to train in the pure perception connected with tantric practice and think that you are actually seeing the deity, meditating on faith. Purifying ourselves of the fixation on ordinary appearances is of primary importance in the mantra, so it is very important for the performers of lama dance to try to block the fixation on ordinary appearances and for the spectators as well to put effort into blocking fixation on ordinary appearances.