“Trungpa’s notion of dharma art is an approach to art as meditation, an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in creative work. Lief’s inspired selection and careful editing make this an essential book for those committed to view that the artist should be a spiritual teacher.”—Publishers Weekly
Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve. A work of dharma art brings out the goodness and dignity of the situation it reflects—dignity that comes from the artist’s interest in the details of life and sense of appreciation for experience. Trungpa shows how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life: any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world.
This is an expanded edition of Trungpa’s “Dharma Art” (1996) and includes the text from “The Art of Calligraphy”. This is the recommended text for the Shambhala Art Program.
As the creative mind engages meditation practice, creativity flows and sensorial experience – the basis for inspiration in art – explodes in vivid display. In Place Your Thoughts Here, Steven Saitzyk describes how meditation enhances creativity and artistic process. With this capacity for fresh perception, we can see and experience our world and the art that captures it in ways that touch us profoundly. This leads us to genuine spontaneity and pure, unselfconscious expression. It also dissolves creative blockages, reveals the source of creativity, and offers a path toward the sublime – through which we experience ecstatic feelings of union with ourselves, our process, and our art.
Steven Saitzyk is the international director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program. He began studying meditation and Dharma Art with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. He has been an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA for more than 20 years.
This talk was given by Steven Saitzyk, Director of Shambhala Art, at the Westside Shambhala Center in Los Angeles on July 10, 2013. The subject is how meditation and completive practices benefit the viewing process of art.
In this 1978 seminar given at Naropa University, Trungpa Rinpoche talks about the artist’s state of mind and how to bring the view of basic goodness to art’s practice and appreciation. To illustrate his approach, he demonstrates calligraphy, arranges flowers and objects, reads and talks about poetry, and shows slides from both Western and Asian art. Special features include demonstrations and discussions of dharma art from earlier seminars.
“I was present at this Visual Dharma Seminar and at that time and until today, I find them unique among the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. What makes them unique is the use of the vision of Shambhala to illuminate the creative process. While the balance of the Dharma Art teachings closely follow the Buddhist Path, this seminar emphasizes the path of Shambhala, the way of the warrior. More specifically, the creative process is described as seen through the eyes of enlightened warriorship, where our actions are brave, and without laziness or regret.” Steven Saitzyk, Director of Shambhala Art.
This is part 1 of a talk and discussion on creativity and meditation given by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art,on March 31, 2011 at the Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Center.
A brief introductory talk on Shambhala Art Day and how to view the festival’s artwork by Steven Saitzyk, International Director of Shambhala Art. The video includes a sampling of the artworks on display and the demonstations.
This is a public talk and discussion given by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art, on Nov. 7, 2010 at the St. Petersburg Florida Shambhala Center. There were about 40 participants. The video was taken by Nikhal Ghodke.