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Bridging Tango and Zen: An Insightful Buenos Aires Interview, 05/16/2023

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Bridging Tango and Zen: An Insightful Buenos Aires Interview

During my first trip to Buenos Aires in 1999, one of the first things I did upon arriving was to grab a copy of the latest B.A. Tango magazine. It was renowned as the premier publication dedicated to the lively world of tango in Buenos Aires.

In 2009, I had the incredible honor and excitement when Mr. Tito Palumbo, from the magazine, informed me that he would be interviewing me about Tango Zen.

Here is the summary of the interview:

Discover the Spiritual Side of Tango with us!

We explore the concept of Tango Zen and its growing popularity worldwide. Korean-American teacher CHAN PARK has released the bilingual book "TANGO ZEN: Walking Dance Meditation," contributing significantly to the global propagation of Tango Zen. With a decade of teaching experience in various countries, Park settled in Buenos Aires and graciously granted us an interview, summarizing his past and present activities.

Experience the warm reception of the bilingual edition of "Tango Zen: Walking Dance Meditation" in Buenos Aires, particularly in the vibrant milongas. We have witnessed how Park has taught Tango Zen internationally, including renowned institutions like the Omega Institute and the Kirpalu Center. Since 1999, he has conducted Tango Zen workshops in numerous countries, even discovering the unexpected openness to tango in India.

In Park's view, Tango Zen and Zen meditation share a common goal of being present in the moment, free from thought. Witness the transformative power of tango in the milongas of Buenos Aires, where dancers immerse themselves, finding harmony between mind, body, and the rhythm of tango music. Park seeks to change the materialistic mindset often associated with tango by incorporating Zen meditation, offering a deeper understanding of oneself and the heart of tango.

Discover Park's future plans, including global teaching endeavors, establishing a Tango Zen instructors' program in Buenos Aires, and our commitment to the milonga culture. Visit to purchase his book and access information about Tango Zen classes, the teacher's training program, and his international teaching schedule.

If you're interested in reading the full translated text or the original interview, I've included the links in the comments. And I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic - share your opinions below!

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