Program Details

Nalanda Miksang - Contemplative Photography

with Miriam Hall
September 7 / 9:00 AM - September 8 / 5:00 PM

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Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye." In Miksang we work with the synchronization of eye and mind. When eye and mind are in the same place the moment by moment vividness 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 openess and goodness of our being.

No photographic experience or knowledge is required although you will need a digital camera. You do not need a background with meditation and we do not teach meditation as part of the training.

Level I: Looking at The Phenomenal World and Dot in Space

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 andpatterns). In this level we also attend to the "flash of perception" which discloses a direct presentation of the phenomenal world.

In the discipline of looking there is an expansion of awareness concerning the space around the narrow focus of the Level One assignments. In this phase of the training we explore the relationship of perception and space. At the same time we begin to study examples from other contemplative traditions which also have discovered the basic contemplative form of Dot in Space.

Miriam Hall is an internationally-renowned Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography teacher. She travels and teaches not only Miksang but also Shambhala Art and Contemplative Writing. She considers Level I Miksang to be "adult kindergarten" - with all the fun and focus, freshness of seeing our world anew. She can be found online at

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