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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.

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Shambhala Art Parts IV & V: The Power of Display & Art in Everyday Life


  • Eagle Rock Meditation Center 963 Colorado Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90041 United States (map)

Part Four: The Power of Display

Things as they are, appear in many shapes, patterns, colors, seasons, emotions and wisdoms. In Part Four we focus on one of the most universal and comprehensive systems, the five elements: earth, water, fire, air (wind), and space, and how they form a Gestalt, mandala, or complete display. In learning the nature of these elements, we learn about ourselves and our unique means of expression. Diversity and totality work together to create works of art that communicate more than the sum of its parts.

Part Five: Art in Everyday Life

Along with inspiration comes obstacles, self-consciousness and negativity. Working with these obstacles, co-emergent with inspiration, is the nature of the Shambhala Path. By using the Four Actions of Pacifying, which is achieved by clarifying; Enriching, which is attained through imbuing presence; Magnetizing, by way of assigning importance; and Destroying, through the process of editing, we can turn obstacles and negativities into vehicles of compassionate action and pure expression.

This weekend will include meditation and  creation, in structured and unstructured approaches, using paint, object arranging, movement and voice. Culminating in collaborative installations,  a celebratory reception and “graduation” with presentation of pins.

Steven Saitzyk  is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.  He is also a painter and published author.  See: www.stevensaitzyk.com .  He began his studies of Dharma Art and Vajrayana Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than forty-five years. His current book is titled, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.”

Anne Anderson Saitzyk  received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a student of Sakyong Mipham and a Shambhala Art teacher. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and occasionally in other locations in the world.


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