Shambhala Arts I & II
with Arawana Hayashi & Alexandra Shenpen & Daniel Phillips
May 31 / 7:30 PM - June 2 / 1:00 PM
Shambhala Art Parts One & Two: Coming to Your Senses and Seeing Things as They Are
Friday 7-9pm (free and open to the public), Saturday and Sunday 9-6pm
Without seeing things as they are, it is hard to create art. Our perceptions are obscured and our mind is not fresh, so making art becomes a troubled, futile process by which we're trying to create something based on concept.-- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The creative process requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Meditation can clarify our perceptions, relax our relentless inner dialogue, and reveal the source of creativity. We learn through meditation to rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness with synchronized mind and body, open to our environment and free to express genuinely.
Genuine expression is possible when we see clearly. To do this we need to know the difference between our thoughts about what we see and the thing itself. We learn that it is possible to express more effectively when we relate to things as they are rather than our projections.
About Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and meditation teacher, and a student of both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She founded the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group in Boston, and pioneered the Embodied Presence program. Acharya Hayashi teaches meditation programs all over the world, and sits on the faculty at the Presencing Institute in Cambridge, the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University, the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax, and the Mukpo Institute at Karmê Chöling. She also serves on the Sakyong's Council and is Chair of the Shambhala Arts Council.