Dharma Art

Dharma ArtChögyam Trungpa, Judith Lief  (Out-of-Print)

“Dharma art” refers to creative works that spring from the awakened meditative state, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shows that dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve.  The Dignity of the Artist.  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.  Study the Traditions. At the same time, the author stresses the need for artists to study their craft, develop skill, and absorb knowledge and insight passed down by tradition.

And, finally, he extends the principles of dharma art to everyday life, showing how any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open ourselves to the phenomenal world.

Artwork by the Author. Among the twenty black-and-white illustrations are artworks by the author including photographs, paintings, calligraphies, and flower arrangements.


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