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A Pilgrimage of Mendicancy by the Buddhist Monks.
(Takuhatsu Angya no Tabi)

Yasuko Nagamine, world-renowned dancer, will hold an open-air performance of "Dance and Chanting Praying for World Peace" in collaboration with the Buddhist monks belonging to the Buzan school of the Shingon sect whose chanting is worldly acclaimed, at Rome , Madrid and Paris during June 21 to 29,
This performance is based on Mandala,, depicting human's original sin and its salvation with a spectacular chanting of 50 Buddhist monks, staged in 1983 at the Carnegie Hall, N.Y. with a great sensation. 
Later, Mandala was performed in 13 places in Japan in the form of an open-air stage as a pilgrimage of mendicancy with a score of Buddhist monks.
●Nagamine's message
The Buddhist sutras are prayers, teachings and songs of praise for life. They are also a source of all songs and by themselves are great music. Dancing has been a prayer since olden times. People offered a prayer to gods by stamping on the ground. I believe that since the sutras and dancing are prayers, they should be performed throughout the world for the sake of happiness of the human beings.
Nine years ago, I made a pilgrimage of mendicancy with scores of Buddhist monks visiting 13 places of Japan. In each place, as I started to dance with the strong and resonant chanting of the monks, I felt the audience and performers are combined in a sense of unity and their compassion seemed to have pierced through earth and soared up to heaven-an unforgettable experience for me. I sensed the existence of the cosmos there and felt the happiness of being a dancer. I now feel it is my dream and duly to continue this activity.
I am very happy to announce that I'll be able to make a pilgrimage of mendicancy in Europe with a warm cooperation of the Buddhist monks of Japan. I sincerely hope that we can share the joy of mutual compassion with as many people as possible there. Takuhatsu is a pilgrimage of the Buddhist monks who visit people to recite a sutra for their happiness and, in return, receive food from them. Our performance will last about an hour, depicting a woman who dances a journey of revelation-from "carnal desires" to "spiritual salvation". It expresses the beauty and strength of life.

●Here's an evil woman (in the form of the sin that lurks the humanity).
She is in hiding in the mountain bushes, waiting for the travelers walking on the field path, robbing them of their belongings. She's been committing this act repeatedly day and night.

● Chanting of sutras is rising (as a voice guiding her away from her sinful ways).
Hearing the sutras, the woman feels as if her layers of sin are coming off one by one. She begins to feel the Buddha's spirit in herself as if she were spiritually awakened. But this doesn't last long. She is consumed by burning evil desires again. While entirely buried in evil passions, she's also frightened to hear the ever intensifying chanting of sutras.

● The river of hesitation (as a symbol of mind hovering between evil passions and spiritual salvation)
The woman is wandering. Torn between the howling of evil desires and spiritual awakening, she continues the journey of delusion.
Finally, she is cleansed and find herself beautiful.

● Bosatsu, or Bodhisattva (as the form of Buddhist saint who has acquired a spiritual enlightenment)
The woman, delivered from earthly bondage, has become Bosatsu.
The beautiful visage of Bosatsu.
Bosatsu looks up to the heaven and casts benevolent eyes to all things under the sun.

It clicks, when an image cannot be seen.

●About the Buddhist Monks

Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century through China. Soon, it spread widely due to the efforts of Prince Shotoku (Shotoku Taishi573-622), a charismatic regent to the emperor, who esteemed its teachings highly.
It is said that Japan's Buddhism has now 13 major sects with 56 smaller divisions. Among them the Buzan division belonging to the Shingon sect is said to have the most musically excellent chanting and the monks participating this tour are from the Buzan temples that are scattered all over the country.

●The schedule of "MANDALA"
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