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The Dharma Art Letter

A letter written by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the occasion of the Naropa Institute’s first summer program in Boulder Colorado, July 1974. Pgs. 1-2, True Perception.

The term dharma art does not mean art depicting Buddhist symbols or ideas, such as the wheel of life or the story of Gautama Buddha.

Rather, dharma art refers to art that springs from a certain state of mind on the part of the artist that could be called the meditative state.  It is an attitude of directness and unself-consciousness in one’s creative work.

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