Program Details

Shambhala Art Retreat: Parts Three, Four and Five

with Arawana Hayashi & Sandra Ladley
January 11 / 9:00 AM - January 13 / 6:00 PM

Please join us for Parts Three, Four, and Five of this five-part introduction to the dharma art teachings of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala Art springs from the meditative mind. Seeing the simplicity and brilliance of things as they are provokes genuine creativity, the expression of non-aggression.

There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other. It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers.
– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Shambhala Art Program looks at five topics from the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche which focus on perception and uses art-making exercises to bring our understanding into direct experience.

Trungpa Rinpoche CalligraphyPart Three: Heaven, Earth and Human --The Creative Process
Facing a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we welcome the open space of not knowing––the Heaven principle. Out of that space, inspiration arises and we take the leap, make the mark, and begin to create, joining Heaven and Earth. Bringing awareness and heart to the process is the Human principle. Part Three explores these ancient Chinese aesthetic principles by making calligraphies and doing object arrangements.

Part Four: The Power of Display
The world is a display of forms, patterns, colors, emotions, and wisdoms. Using the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, space) which compose our world, we begin to see the range of our everyday expression as unique individuals within the totality. Out of this, the creative process drives us to shape our awareness as artistic expressions that display that totality within the particularity of the present moment.

Part Five: Art in Everyday Life
Along with inspiration comes obstacles and negativity. Working with these obstacles and negativities, co-emergent with inspiration, is the nature of the Shambhala Path. By using the Four Actions (pacificying (clarifying), enriching (presence), magnetizing (discrimination), and destroying (editing)), we can turn obstacles and negativities into vehicles of compassionate action, allowing the inspiration to become the timeless expression of art that is the pure nature of our relationship to the world.

Shambhala Art Parts One and Two are required to attend this program, and will be offered at the Berkeley Shambhala Center the weeknd of November 30th through December 1st, 2012.

Acharya Arawana Hayashi

Acharya Arawana Hayashi
A long-time student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings, Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, with roots in Asian and Western arts. She has been on the faculty of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and Naropa University. Acharya Hayashi teaches meditation and creative process at the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax and innovative leadership workshops. She recently completed a three-year term as teacher-in-residence at Karmê Chöling.

photo portrait of Shastri Sandra Ladley

Shastri Sandra Ladley
Sandra Ladley is a shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala
Buddhist Tradition. She draws on a wide spectrum of experience in business, psychology and the arts to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching.This is the fourth in a series of Shambhala Art programs that she has taught in Northern California.

$250 plus a $25 materials fee.
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery Miguez, volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least a week in advance. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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