Meditation in action = artfulness into everyday professional and personal life

Arawana offers meditation practices that acknowledge and bring out the basic goodness of individuals, of relationships, and of society. She offers the Awareness Practices for Leadership course in the u-school for Transformation by Presencing Institute.

Arawana is also a senior teacher in Shambhala – a global network of meditation centers dedicated to creating a sane and compassionate society. Today’s challenges demand our full presence, care, and courage. Meditation is a support for bringing our wisdom into the world today.


Bugaku, Japanese Court Dance, is accompanied by gagaku, the “elegant music” of the Imperial Court. This ancient art was imported to Japan as early as the 7th century, primarily from China and Korea. Refined and preserved in Japan since that time, it is the oldest extant orchestral music in the world. Musicians and dancers are spectacularly costumed and performances are traditionally given outside on formal stages in beautiful settings.

Arawana Hayashi offers audiences a rare opportunity to see this unique and ancient art form. She is one of the few holders of the lineage of bugaku outside of Japan. She began her intensive study in 1977, and was trained in the traditional style by Suenobu Togi. Mr. Togi, whose family has been in the Kuniacho, the Japanese Imperial Household Agency Music Department in Tokyo, for over 1000 years, was on the faculty of the University of California in Los Angeles from 1967-1993.

In this program, Ms. Hayashi performs the magnificently costumed solo, Genjoraku, a hashiri mai (running dance) about a barbarian who catches a snake. Her performance also includes excerpts from Bairo, a bu no mai (warrior dance), and from Engiraku, a bun no mai (literary dance), demonstrating the different types of dances accompanied by the Korean-originated music, Komagaku. She speaks about the historic and cultural context of the art form, the costumes, the music, and about the relevance of these dances today.

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Workshops in Bugaku

for children and adults, with Arawana


Shambhala vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

According to the Shambhala tradition we are living through an age of greed and aggression. We harm ourselves, each other and our planet. The Shambhala teachings offer an antidote to this crisis. They were the basis of the legendary Kingdom of Shambhala, a society that fostered the inherent goodness of its people.


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