Program Details

Mindfulness and Creativity: Shambhala Art, Parts One and Two

with Elaine Yuen
February 22 / 9:00 AM - February 23 / 5:00 PM

Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline.  It is a viewpoint that encourages us to see things as they are, rather than just how we think or imagine they are.  Shambhala Art does not teach a particular skill or technique such as painting, sculpture, or dance. It is about the source of inspiration, its manifestation, and how it speaks to us beyond the limits of its container.    (From

 Please join us for this excitinbg adventure in mindfulness-based art activity. The weekend program will present Parts 1 aand 2 of in international five-part program.


Part One: Coming to Your Senses

The practice of dharma art is a way to use our lives to communicate without confusion the primordial and magical nature of what we see, hear, and touch. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

First thought is best in art. — Wm. Blake

The creative process has more to do with perception than talent.  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 helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity.  We also learn through meditation that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.


Part Two: Seeing Things as They Are

The map is not the territory. — Alfred Korzbyski

The truth of the thing is not the think of it but the feel of it.
– Stanley Kubrick

One eye sees, the other feels. – Paul Klee

Symbol, in this sense, is not a “sign” representing some philosophical or religious principle; it is the demonstration of the living qualities of what is.
– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are.  We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it.  What we create and perceive communicates through signs and symbols.  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.  Seeing the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, as well as how they work together empowers our creative and viewing processes.

 You may attend Part I on Saturday only, if you choose.  If so, please specify that when you register.  The cost for Saturday only is $75.00.

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