The Dun Huang Dancers from Taiwan visit Guam usually every year. The name “Dun Huang” is taken from a city located on the ancient Silk Road. Within that city, inside a cave is a collection of Buddhist mural paintings and sculptures created over a thousand years ago. The Dun Huang dance is inspired by the postures of Bodhisattvas found in those cave paintings. Each dancer is seen as a Bodhisattva that protects the Buddha.
The Dun Huang dance is an actual performing art meditation. This art allows the audience to visually be able to be a part of the meditation by simply observing the performance. The dancers heart and mind follow the breath with the movements being in complete harmony with the body’s internal energy. The hand and finger movements modeled from the cave paintings and perfected in the choreography, incorporates the steady flow of Chi. Each dancer is pure positive energy radiating out towards the audience, and the ideal dance is the one that brings the realization that the Buddha pure land is in the here and now.