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Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program.  As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation.  As a product, it is art that wakes people up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala International, and Naropa Institute.  Shambhala Art is a division of Shambhala and is presided over by his son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This program is taught by trained and authorized Shambhala Art teachers.


Shambhala Art Day

Shambhala Art Day is an annual celebration of
Art in Everyday Life

A work of art is created because there is basic sacredness, independent of the artist’s particular religious faith or trust. Sacredness from that point of view is the discovery of goodness, which is independent of personal, social, or physical restrictions.
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala Art Day has been designated by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to occur on the spring equinox. It is a day when the entire Shambhala community and friends are invited to celebrate art forms and disciplines that embody the Dharma Art teachings of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. These teachings encourage the creation and manifestation of art that wakes up the viewer as well as its maker to a sense of unconditional sacredness within the phenomenal world.

Planning a Shambhala Art Day

Shambhala Art Day can take any number of forms based on your group or center's location, member interests, etc. Some examples of activities include:

  • Art viewing at a local museum, gallery, etc.

  • Art show produced by local members and artists

  • An introductory talk given by a Shambhala Art educator

  • Creative activities grounded in meditation and Shambhala Art principles

As with other Shambhala nyida days, Shambhala Art Day should be an uplifted and celebratory opportunity for the community to come together. For examples of past Shambhala Art Days, please see the following links or contact us below.

Description of Shambhala Art Day in Los Angeles (2012)

Shambhala Art Festival 2011 Los Angeles
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