Video of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Discovering Elegance DVD

“Discovering elegance is the way of the warrior. Through gentleness and discipline, such a warrior brings a sense of harmony to everyday life.”

Discovering Elegance is a film directed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In it, he demonstrates the art of oriental design, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and object placement in preparing an environmental art exhibit at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1981.

Kalapa Recordings DVD
28 minutes



Visual Dharma



Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Boulder, CO 1978

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.

Kalapa Recordings Four DVD’s, including PDF study guide. 366 minutes