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Without seeing things as they are, it is hard to create art. Our perceptions are obscured and our mind is not fresh, so making art becomes a troubled, futile process by which we're trying to create something based on concept.

-- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. As a product, it is art that wakes us up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala, and Naropa Institute. Read more >>

Intensive Programs

Dechen Choling, France 2015

Shambhala Art Intensives generally offer all five parts.  They are offered biennially in Los Angeles and occasionally other locations. The dates for the last Los Angeles Intensive were January 3-7, 2016.  The most recent Intensives were in Berkeley, California, Dechen Choling, in France, and Melbourne, Australia, and there will be another Intensive this July 22nd—July 28th in Berkeley.  Please browse the Schedules page for programs world-wide.  You can also search for contemplative arts programs at Shambhala.   There are several videos of previous Intensives in Los Angeles in the Media Library.


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Shambhala Art Day falls annually on the Spring Equinox.   Shambhala Art Day is a day when the entire Shambhala community and friends are invited to celebrate art forms and disciplines that embody the Dharma Art teachings of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. These teachings encourage the creation and manifestation of art that wakes up the viewer as well as its maker to a sense of unconditional sacredness within the phenomenal world. Click here for more info.