Program Details

Shambhala Art Level III

with Miriam Hall
May 23 / 7:00 PM - May 25 / 7:00 PM

The eye of desire dirties and distorts.  Only when we desire nothing, only when our gaze becomes pure contemplation, does the soul of things (which is beauty) open itself to us.
—Hermann Hesse

There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other.  It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers.
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The creative process can be a form of meditation-in-action when it begins with coming to our senses and arriving at “square one.” We do this naturally when we unconditionally face a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden and allow inspiration to naturally arise out of that space. If that inspiration is met with mindfulness and awareness, it can be given shape and form and built into a result that has a life and energy of its own that others can perceive and experience.  The creative process is only half of the equation; the balance is an awakened viewing process that provides the means to fully perceive what is being communicated.

Prerequisite: Shambhala art level I and II

Photo credit: Lia VellarditaMiriam Hall teaches of Shambhala Art, Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography, and Contemplative Writing. She makes her living teaching these practices, both in Madison, WI where she lives, and all over North America and Europe. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Natalie Goldberg. Please find more about her and the things she teaches online at,, and

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