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Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation: Chan Park Biography

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. 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).

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation Review

M. Degani
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Intro to Tango June 12, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Quotes and pictures only made up this little booklet; still, it DOES manage to convey the message that tango isn’t just “another” Dance. But, as you should expect, the pictures talk louder than the words!

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation Review

SeaGoat under Sirius
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you are not lucky enough to be taught by Chan Park, 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 can many tango teachers say that?

Unlike the run-of-the-mill (though excellent) 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, 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. The reaction to Chan Park’s teaching from all of my friends, who have studied with him, in Germany, Italy, and 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, a practice that benefits the student, be they a beginner or advanced. He is value for money, and this book, slight though it may be, contains a fantastic 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. In addition, 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 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 two stars because the book is small, I know of lots of big fat books that have nothing to say; that is worthless. Just look at the 9/11 Commission Report, for starters (even the authors now admit it, so I don’t think you should blame me for saying this!). Size is not necessary. The value of the quality of this gem is way beyond its very fair price.
It’s is a 5-star little book!

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation Review

Pyotr Rusakova
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic 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. You can practice Zen meditation in more active ways than 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.” Do you know those books that offer a new idea whose time has come? It may well be one of them. Tango zen is such a beautiful concept that it will catch on.

This book includes a bit of Zen philosophy and well-illustrated exercises that should help any beginner start. It is a small book, but it contains all you need to learn this fascinating new meditation/dance technique. You can be easily held the text in your hand while you know to do the exercises. It does not attempt to give extensive instruction on all tango moves.

Anyone can benefit from this technique, and I highly recommend Chan Park’s book. I would be thrilled to see our parks full of people doing tango meditation together! What a civilized sight that would be!

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation Review

Tervola Kaisa Hannele
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting idea!
September 14, 2009 Format: Paperback
I bought the small booklet Tango Zen which handles tango as a 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!

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. Sociality – why not sexuality too – is an appropriate 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 lovely idea – I do not know how much new there is in the book if you know lots about Zen, but the book is relatively cheap/small and easy to read: a timely reminder of an excellent way to meditate in motion!

Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation Review

5.0 out of 5 stars
Another sight on Tango September 9, 2005

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.

This familiarity is quite apparent for everybody doing Zen because one should try to reach maximum awareness every moment.

But for most Tango Dancers, this is a new approach. We usually dance, try to do the correct step, stay upright, opening our minds to what the partner is up to now. Once we get into 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.

Tango Your Life 

 …tells intimate tango stories as culture, music, dance, friendship, love, and daily living in Buenos Aires. 

Watching the Film
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One Reply to “Tango Zen Walking Dance Meditation – Dance & Zen.”

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