Suggested Forms of Celebration
Individual: For those who do not have an opportunity to share their celebrations with a larger community, they could attend a concert, a performance, see a movie, visit an art museum, and the like. They could read and contemplate the Dharma Art Letter before and if a friend can share their celebration, they could discuss their experience in light of the Letter.
A Group Without an Available Shambhala Center: Similar to the above, except the discussion after the shared event could be more formalized for the group where they would meet in a home and hold a “salon,” also known as “salon gathering” or “conversation salon.” In such gatherings there is an agreed upon topic and discussion moderator. Each participant has an opportunity to share their experience and thoughts along with some food and drink. Some subjects of Shambhala Art Salons have been, “When can ugly be beautiful,” “What makes Shambhala Art, art?” and “What is the role of art in an enlighten society?”
Exhibits and Festivals: Where there are Shambhala Centers available, celebrations can include exhibitions, performances, and demonstrations of various art forms and disciplines that we associate with the Shambhala/Dharma Art principles. Usually a committee is formed to organize, setup, and manifest the celebrations. Examples can be seen at our Slide Shows Page.