Program Details

Shambhala Art: Parts I - V


May 12 / 12:00 AM - May 12 / 12:00 AM

The Shambhala Art Program is a 5 part introduction to the dharma art teachings of the Vidyadhara Chögyam 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.


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.


Part One: Coming to Your Senses


Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. Through a series of exercises, Part One explores the process of perception, highlighting both clarity and obscurations.


Part Two: Sign and Symbol


Art-making can be an inquiry into what is true. Trungpa Rinpoche taught dharma art as a way of investigating relative truth and absolute truth, which he called 'sign' and 'symbol.' Part Two through exercises points us in the direction of non-conceptual knowing.


Part 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.


Available to all, no prerequisites. However, participants may not skip any part and continue with the intensive. A list of recommended readings will be supplied on registration.

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