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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 >>

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Intensive Programs

Shambhala Art Intensives generally offer all five parts.  They are offered biennially in January in Los Angeles, and one was just held in January 2018 in Los Angeles.  Intensives were also held over the past few years in Berkeley, Dechen Choling, France, and Melbourne. Please continue to check 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.