Program Details

Shambhala Art: Parts I,II &III: Coming to Our Senses, Seeing Things as They Are, and The Creative Process

with Lance Brunner & Sylvie Cotton
July 5 / 12:00 AM - July 5 / 12:00 AM

Art has long been an expression of the very best society has to offer. Shambhala Art provides an opportunity for artists and for people to see their life as ‘art in everyday life'.  In many traditions, artists have trained not only in their discipline, but they also have trained their minds in awareness, confidence, and compassion. Shambhala Art allows us to experience the profound teachings on art developed by the great Tibetan meditation teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

These teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to all. Experiential exercises bring us deeper understanding of ourselves as powerfully creative beings.  Trungpa Rinpoche says of artists, “You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world.” This workshop builds our capacity to do so.

The Shambhala Art Program is a 5 part introduction to the dharma art teachings of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This program will offer the first 3 parts.

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.  This 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 Our Senses

Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. In Part One we explore, through meditation and a series of exercises, ways in which the five sense perceptions can become the ground of creativity and provide an intimate connection to the phenomenal world.  

Part Two:  Seeing Things as They Are

Creating art 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.' Signs communicate primarily information and the thought sense of things. Symbols on the other hand are primarily about non-conceptual direct experience, the presence and the felt sense of things. In Part Two we explore the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, as well as how they work together empowers our creative and viewing processes.

Part Three:  The Creative Process [Heaven, Earth, and Human]

The creative process can be a form of meditation-in-action when begun with a clear mind and an open heart. Facing a blank sheet of paper or a fresh canvas, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we can allow inspiration to arise naturally out of our encounter with space. In Part Three we play with the ancient Chinese aesthetic principles of Heaven, Earth, and Human to clarify the creative process through calligraphy, object arrangement, and improvisation with sound and movement. The act of viewing or experiencing our creative expression takes us full-circle back to the fresh perception of “square one.”

Available to all, no prerequisites. Parts should be taken in order.  Part 1 - July 5 starts at 7:30 pm - July 6th at 5pm.
Part 2 July 6 at 7:30pm - July 8th at 5pm
Part 3  July 8th at 7:30pm - July 10th at 4pm.  Please call the front desk for furhter details about registrating for indivual parts, i.e., if you have taken either part 1 or parts 1 and 2 and want to take the next part. - 802.633.2384

A list of recommended readings will be supplied on registration.  This program begins at 7:30pm July 5 and ends by 5pm on July 10th

Materials fee:  TBD

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