A Buddhist's approach to choreography as spiritual practice

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    This article reveals the dynamics involved in approaching choreography as an integrated method within Buddhist spiritual practice. It reflects on the author's history and choreographic work and defines key themes for thinking about spiritual practice within it. Important Buddhist concepts are identified and their role within the choreographic domain explored. In reflecting on two formative choreographic works, the role of intuition is revealed, alongside a focus on the ground-of-being as an orientation and view on life and a key element in keeping spiritual commitment alive. This further shapes the choreographic work integrating the spiritual values that support this view. Comparing Heidegger's 'meditative thinking' and Buddhist mindfulness practice, a synergy emerges that is reinforced by considering gelasen-heit and alethia alongside the meditative dynamics of samatha and vipassana. This comparison underlines Heidegger's sympathy with spirituality and extends the bridge between eastern and western thinking.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Dance and Somatic Practices
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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