DzamlingGar Dance

Dzamling Gar Song

Happiness is present,
All is perfected, nothing is missing.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu composed the song of Dzamling Gar at the end of 2012, on the occasion of the birth of Dzamling Gar, the Global Gar of the Dzogchen Community located in Tenerife, Canary Islands. At that time Rinpoche was living in a house in La Caleta, swimming every day in a nice open pool with a view of the ocean. It was in a relaxed and joyful moment when the melody and the words of the song arose in His mind.

DZAMLING GAR LU

Dzogchen Communities of the whole world,

Dzogchen Communities of the whole world,

As soon as possible, in a relaxed manner,

Come to Dzamling Gar!

As soon as possible, in a relaxed manner,

Come to Dzamling Gar!

Happiness is present,

Come as soon as possible, in a relaxed manner.

Happiness is present,

All is perfected,

Come to enjoy happiness,

Let's enjoy this happiness together!

May all manifest auspiciously!

May our desires be fulfilled!

With fortune arising self-perfected,

May victory manifest in all directions!

 

Let’s unite our strength and capacity,

Let’s unite our strength and capacity,

Dzogchen Communities, unite all your strength and capacity,

Dzogchen Communities, unite all your strength and capacity,

Happiness is present,

unite your strength and capacity!

Happiness is present,

all is manifesting self-perfected.

Live in the knowledge of the primordial state,

And happiness will arise in the world.

May all manifest auspiciously!

May our desires be fulfilled!

Developing the knowledge of our authentic condition,

The entire world will enjoy peace.

 

Integrate in your state the principle of Ati!

Integrate in your state the principle of Ati!

Through the knowledge and application of one's authentic condition

The world will be established in peace!

Through the knowledge and application of one's authentic condition

The world will be established in peace!

Happiness is present,

The world will be established in peace.

Happiness is present,

Joy is developing,

Integrate in your state the authentic condition,

And the sun of Samantabhadra will arise.

May all manifest auspiciously!

May our desires be fulfilled!

May all beings have joy

And enjoy the splendor of ultimate happiness

Dzamling Gar Dance

(from interview with Adriana Dal Borgo)

In those days, following Rinpoche’s request – “Now we should create a dance for this song” – Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo suggested some movements from traditional Tibetan dances and I combined them with some others: this way the first choreography of the Dzamling Gar Dance was created. At that time, we repeated the same steps for all three parts of the song.

A few months later, while we were dancing at Tashigar South and Rinpoche was carefully watching us and writing down some notes, at one point He decided to change the second and third parts and clearly explained to me how to do it.
In the second part a step called tengdros – a way of moving and the directions of the dance (proceeding toward the center of the circle and then opening outside) – was introduced. This new dynamic is the application and represents the meaning of the second part of the song.
The third part is completely different: here the movements are more essential and symbolic, each one being strictly connected to the corresponding words.
In the following years, Rinpoche suggested some more changes, such as the way of turning: we were almost always turning to the left but, as we are Dzogchen practitioners, “We should also turn right, balancing both ways”.

In the most recent video of the Dzamling Gar dance, shot in Dzamling Gar in August 2018, you can clearly see all the movements done precisely by our Khaita dancers. We were fortunate to have the support of professional people and equipment (Elena Ihilcik with her drone, Carles Jaez cameramen, Thomas Simoen shooting and editing).

Whereever you are in the world, you can now learn the Dzamling Gar Dance with all its details, beautiful harmonious movements and profound meaning. Video tutorial with latest updates and detailed explanations of steps, movements and mudras is now available for download in the Shang Shung Store.