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Miksang Level I
with John McQuade & Trudy Stern & Ray Ball
April 27 / 9:00 AM - April 28 / 5:00 PM
What is Miksang?
Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye". This two day program introduces a form of contemplative photography bringing together the art of photography, the discipline of meditation and the Dharma Art teachings of the meditation master and scholar Chögyam Trungpa.
In contemplative photography we work with the synchronization of eye and mind. When eye and mid are in the same place the moment by moment vidness of the visual world manifests and is appreciated fully. This manifestation is spontaneous – a flash of perception – the ordinary magic of the phenomenal world. When one connects with pure perception there is no struggle in making a heartfelt and brilliant photographic image that one can share with others.
These moments of pure perception and appreciation happen all the time but we often ignore and devalue them. However, it is worthwhile to recognize and cultivate these moments because they recollect the inherent openness and goodness of our being.
Level I: Looking: The Phenomenal World
The first level of training purifies our visual perception by working directly with the elements or forms of the visual field: color, light and form (texture, lines and patterns). In this level we also attend to the "flash of perception" which discloses a direct presentation of the phenomenal world.
This introductory training includes instruction, assignments, photo reviews and supervised field trips.
No previous photography or meditation experience required. Just bring a digital camera and your curiosity.
For more information about Miksang please visit www.miksang.org
The Miksang Society for Contemplative Photography is centered in nearby Toronto!