Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation:
Would you like to meditate while dancing the Tango? Yes, Buddha can teach you to dance the Tango through Zen. You might ask, “How does the Tango have anything to do with Zen?”
TangoZen is an innovative yet natural way of meditating while dancing the Tango. Referring to striking similarities between the two, this book will introduce methods through which Tango dancers and non-dancers can practice TangoZen to experience and enjoy the wonderful benefits, which both Tango and Zen have to offer.
Everybody knows meditation is a good thing. For example, Zen meditation, if practiced properly, can create balance, calmness, groundedness, centering, and harmony in mind and body. However, it is difficult to meditate for many reasons. Meditation is mainly practiced while sitting with legs crossed to support and ground one’s body.
Unfortunately, this sitting posture can create uncomfortable feelings and even pains before you benefit from the meditation practice. In addition, despite the importance of practicing meditation regularly, it can be difficult to stick to it with regularity due to the hectic lifestyle we live every day.
Can one meditate while moving around instead of sitting down? Although it appears to be sedated and passive, Zen meditation can also be practiced in more active ways than the sitting posture. For example, walking meditation has been practiced among Buddhists since the Buddha himself practiced it. Other forms of Zen meditation in motion can also be found in sports and performing arts.
Chan Park is a writer, documentary film director, engineer, and tango dance instructor with expertise in many fields including university training in science and engineering, 20 years of engineering experience at NASA and patent law practice. He also has a background in classical music, fine art, mind/body medicine, martial arts, Oriental philosophy, and first-hand experience of various cultures, all of which he has combined to create a unique method to teach the traditional tango as danced in Buenos Aires. For years he has offered classes and workshops of tango in more than 22 countries (68 cities).
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Intro to Tango June 12, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This little booklet is made up of quotes and pictures only; still, it DOES manage to convey the message that Tango isn’t just “another” Dance. As should be expected, the pictures, talk louder than the words!
SeaGoat under Sirius
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If you are not lucky enough to be taught by Chan Park, then you must at least read this excellent book June 20, 2011 Format: Paperback
Chan Park is one of the finest teachers of tango. He is at the very peak of this art.
He teaches like no other tango-teacher. How many tango teachers can say that?
Unlike the run-of-the-mill (though very good) dancers, who take to teaching, Chan is an exception. He dances wonderfully and he teaches sensitively.
Few others combine this so well. Teaching is an art and few possess the ability; fewer still are also great dancers. Chan is both!
The majority of traveling tango teachers perform fancy tricks that have been well-practiced & overly-choreographed beforehand, which are designed to impress students. That’s fair but few of them can teach well.
Every once in a while comes a teacher who can leave you feeling like everything that came before was somehow lesser, and everything that comes after Chan Park is better. This is the reaction to Chan Park’s teaching, from all of my friends, who have studied with him, in Germany, in Italy, in America and in Argentina, where he lives, in Buenos Aires.
Chan Park has taught in over 20 countries and is probably one of the best known Argentine Tango dancers alive today; for Chan Park is one of the few: Naveira, Salas, Veron, Arce, Rodriguez, Frumboli . . . Chan Park.
Chan Park is, in my opinion, a quiet genius because he has developed a unique approach to teaching tango; an approach that really benefits the student be he or she a beginner or advanced. He really is value for money and this book, little though it may be, contains an awesome amount of tango teaching ‘gems’.
If you have not been lucky enough to be taught by Chan Park (and very often his workshops are an over-subscribed and booked-full way in advance) then you must at least read this excellent book.
If you are lucky enough to get a place on one of his TangoZen courses you will not be disappointed. I see that in 2012 he is due to spend a weekend teaching at the “Tango: Triora” event in Triora, in northern Italy, so make sure you get along there, from 25-28 May 2012. See […] italiandream.info for more on that rare event.
ZEN? Do not be put off by the Zen element. Chan teaches pure tango, and he brings it from Buenos Aires. Chan is an excellent example of a Porteno traditional tango dancer. He will teach you a way to dance traditional tango that you never knew was possible. Zen is a label he uses because he has found that a higher state of consciousness can be reached when dancing the tango well. He is not wrong about that!
This book is also available in Espanol and in Italiano. French and German copies next … I look forward to seeing so many of his pearls of wisdom appearing in these languages too, as those poor souls are missing out at this moment.
Chan Park is also a tango film-maker and his film “Tango Your Life” will be out in 2012. Well worth waiting for!
As for this book … 10/10! Top value for money, especially from the Marketplace sellers above.
For the reviews on this page that award 2 stars because the book is small, well, I know of lots of big fat books that have nothing to say; that are worthless in fact. Just look at the 9/11 Commission Report, for starters (even the authors now admit it, so don’t blame me for saying this!). Size is not important. The value of the quality of this gem is way beyond its very fair price.
This is a 5-star little book!
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A wonderful idea and a great little book!
December 10, 2004Format: Paperback
Tango is hot! If there aren’t tango dances or classes taking place in your town now, get ready: they will be there soon! The tango is on MTV, in new movies, and young people worldwide are discovering that it is the best way to have fun, meet people, and be incredibly beautiful and sexy all at once!
So who knew that you could combine the tango with meditation? It seems that not only can you do so, but even Buddha himself practiced meditation while walking. Zen meditation can be practiced in more active ways than the sitting posture. Chan Park says “One can meditate while dancing the Tango, experiencing deeper appreciation of physical, emotional, and even spiritual aspects of inner-self.” You know those books that offer a new idea whose time has come? This may well be one of them. Tango zen is such a beautiful concept that it is bound to catch on.
This book includes a bit of Zen philosophy as well as well-illustrated exercises that should help any beginner to get started. It is a small book, but it contains all you need to learn this fascinating new meditation/dance technique – and the book can be easily held in the hand while learning to do the exercises. It does not attempt to give extensive instruction on all tango moves.
Anyone can benefit from this technique, and Chan Park’s book is highly recommended. Personally, I would be very happy to see our parks full of people doing tango meditation together! What a civilized sight that would be!
Tervola Kaisa Hannele
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September 14, 2009 Format: Paperback
I bought the small booklet Tango Zen which handles tango as moving meditation.
In pair dance one’s attention is in feelings and sensations bought by music, dance movement, sociality, and sexuality – in the here and now that is!
Where in sitting meditation the body is still and the mind gets used to being still and alone, the motion of dance, its naturally flowing action, and sociality – why not sexuality too – is a suitable next step to conceiving the whole spectrum of life in a meditative way: flowing, participating in life, enjoying life without grasping anything too much.
A very nice idea – I do not know how much new there is in the book if you know lots about Zen, but the book is quite cheap/small and easy to read: a suitable reminder of a nice way to meditate in motion!
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Another sight on Tango September 9, 2005 Format: Paperback
Tango and Zen – this sounds like a culture clash. But it isn’t. Of course, everything is Zen once you are in it. But maybe Tango is a little bit more, just because there is no direct familiarity.
For everybody doing Zen, this familiarity is quite obvious, because one should try to reach maximum awareness every single moment.
But for most Tango Dancers this is a new approach. Normally we just dance, try to do the correct step, stay upright, opening our mind for what the partner is up to now. Once we get in the Zen-Mind, all this is not important anymore. We are there, floating free, just music, all movement. Doing Tango-Zen helps us to reach this state of mind, it combines the best of both worlds.
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