Program Details

Miksang - Contemplative Photography - 1

with Charlotte Brookes
May 24 / 10:00 AM - May 25 / 4:00 PM

An invitation for this exciting program, Sat 24- Sun 25 May 2014...... 


What is Miksang?

Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye". This is a form of contemplative photography and brings together the art of photography and the Dharma Art teachings of the meditation master and scholar Chögyam Trungpa.

Working with the synchronization of eye and mind and body which enable us to cultivate that state of being. 

These moments of pure perception and appreciation happen all the time but we often ignore and devalue them. However, it is worthwhile using an art practice to recognize and cultivate these moments because they recollect the inherent openness and goodness of our being.

Although the experience of clear seeing is available to everyone, people come to contemplative photography with different motivations. Some want to give expression to what they experience through the discipline of meditation. Some have recognized some direct and vivid quality of perception in their own experience and want to explore and express that potential. Others have trained in photography or other arts and are curious about the contemplative approach. The common element is an interest in clear seeing.

The Miksang Society offers a path of perception and photography through a three level course of training. No photographic experience or knowledge is required. You do not need a background with meditation and we do not teach meditation as part of the training.

The three levels of training, based on Chögyam Trungpa's teaching on the three levels of perception, follow a traditional contemplative path of transforming confusion into wisdom. Often it seems that our inherent capacity for insight is obscured by preconceptions and habitual patterns. Each level and each class presents teachings and exercises which work through the obstacles to clear seeing by cultivating the purifying power our natural synchronization and wisdom.

Level I: Looking: The Phenomenal World

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 and patterns). In this level we also explore the "flash of perception" which discloses a direct presentation of the phenomenal world.

The Shambhala Miksang site is the Nalanda Miksang International.

Here is a link to an article on Miksang in Shambhala Times.

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Miksang teacher; Charlotte Brookes ​from Lismore NSW 

You don't need any previous experience as a photographer and you don't need a fancy camera. You are more than welcome to come with a "point and shoot". 

You do need to have a clean memory card and a fully charged camera battery, charger and USB, or camera cable, to upload images for viewing. Work books will be provided. 

We will be meeting in North Carlton initially. Further information will be emailed prior to the event. 

Work books at a cost of $9 will be provided, if you do not already have one. 

We may visit Chinatown as our first destination. But our day will begin at Gina's home in North Carlton.

Questions? => Contact Sue Di Pietro  - or - 0418 101 343 

Please click on the register button below;

And when making your payment online, please quote 'Miksang'.  Thank you. 

** As always, we do not want financial circumstances to be a barrier to participation in what we offer; please contact Sue at if you need to make alternative arrangements or if you have questions about the program.

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