Dances of Universal Peace


Spiritual practice brings us face to face with Life and Truth, prior to the concepts and beliefs of the person, opening to our true nature - authentic, unguarded, beyond form and imbued with the spaciousness and love that connects all.

The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature - as Universal Peace - opens to the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person.

This website links the worldwide movement of participants in the Dances and provides information, guidance, resources and inspiration for all who aspire to take up the art and spiritual practice of leading them.


Dancing in the DUP circle with my full presence, I am sincerely touched by the vitality of this community.

In this circle, I can be alive without trying to become someone, I can feel special without trying to perform. All there is to do is follow the teaching, sensing into the rhythm, connecting with my body and going with the circle’s flow - the endless river of life.

Our individuality is both to be shared and to be kept to one’s own in the DUP. The way it shows up is graceful, humble and authentically human.

Mysteriously, the circle gracefully invites for our personal and collective wounds, in the same way someone patiently waits for a child who has been hiding timidly from the social stereotypes and prejudices to step into the light.

And then, the circle opens with loving eyes, open arms and kind hearts. When the space is well held with music and lyrics, the invitation becomes strong enough for that child to feel safe and courageous. Then the child comes out to play.

How beautiful it is that, in the DUP circle, we merge but each of us is still fully visible. We each become a part of something larger than ourselves.

Here I am not hidden or lonely.

Here I am a tiny drop in the infinite ocean.

And I am the ocean itself.

Lam Nguyen (Translated to English by Trang Nguyen)