Introduction to Meditation
Meditation is the foundation of the viewing and creative process.
Sitting meditation is the foundation for the viewing and creative process. As explained by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, meditation acts as a way of simultaneously relaxing your conceptions and increasing your confidence. When connected to the viewing process, meditation helps us to simply and directly relate to a work of art through all of our senses. We can let go a need to know and instead just be with the experience of viewing. In the creative process, meditation gives us the ability to simply and directly communicate our view with confidence. Whether its a pair of chopsticks or a large-scale installation we can create art without confusion or trickery.
The foundations of meditation in Shambhala Art is shamatha, a technique for placing our mind on an object of meditation and coming back to it continually. Shamatha meditation is taught in Part 1 of our program, and is also available at Shambhala group or centers that offer meditation instruction. The video below is a short introduction to the practice of meditation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and should be supplemented by further instruction and practice. For those without access to a Shambhala group or center, we recommend Shambhala Online's course Meditation in Everyday Life.