Walking with water

 

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This Sunday, and coinciding with World Water Day 2015 Adeje will celebrate the ‘Ruta del Agua’, or Water Route, which is designed to remind people of the important role water has to play in the past of the local Adeje society.
According to the local cultural councillor, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “the heritage of the town has many aspects, we can see it on our streets, in the centre of Adeje, in the Convento de San Francisco, the Casa Fuerte (town fort), and the modern Plaza de España, as well as the Barranco del Infierno. This project is under the Adeje Together umbrella, involving the whole community, give the multicultural nature of the Adeje society which has grown in recent years and is directly involved in building the Adeje of the future.”
Anyone who would like to participate in the event, which is free, can sign up at the CDTCA. The starting point is the Plaza de España at 10.30am. During the event people will be able to find out more about the role water played in the development and evolution of Adeje, the borough with the largest number of natural springs in the island. Throughout the centuries water and how it has been controlled and channelled has played its part in the social and political evolution of the area. Find out more on Sunday.

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Tibetan style in the Plaza de España

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“Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds…”

 

 

Last weekend, under the Adeje Together umbrella, the Adeje based Dzogchen International Community presented a demonstration of Tibetan dance in the Plaza de España, as part of the Khaita Festival.

 

According to the organisers, “Khaita dances are inspired by the contemporary songs and dances of Tibet. They celebrate and help to preserve the rich culture, language, and traditions of this land in the Himalayas. Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds.”

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The dances have always interested Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu, who has supported the importance of the dance as a living part of Tibetan heritage and culture and one which can show the beauty of the land in a very direct way.  The songs and dances preserve and promote this culture and help spread recognition of Tibet and Tibetan styles all over the world.

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During the month of January the Dzamling Gar, the international headquarters for the International Dzogchen Community based in Playa Paraíso, promoted a variety of activities geared towards the spread of Tibetan culture and the ancient wisdom which come from that country and is still a source of inspiration throughout the world.  Namhkai Norbu has presented workshops on the natural workings of the mond to all those who have sought his classes in the centre in Adeje, and delivered talks on Buddhism, and on the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well. He explains, say his spokesperson, “that all those who follow the different forms have the same objective; an end to suffering, for the individual as well as for everyone else”.

 

Following the dances on the stage in the Plaza de España the public who were in attendance were also invited to take part in what was an evening that promoted cultural harmony and coexistence.

 

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