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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 Part 1: Coming to Your Senses

  • Portland (ME) Shambhala Center 202 Woodford Street Portland, ME, 04103 United States (map)

The purpose of dharma art is to try to overcome aggression. ~Chogyam Trungpa

In Shambhala Art, we learn mostly through experiential exercises that make us aware and help us explore and discover the creative process. Art has long been an expression of the very best society has to offer. Shambhala Art provides an opportunity for everyone to see their life as 'art in everyday life'. In many traditions, artists have trained not only in their discipline, but they also have trained their minds in awareness, confidence, and compassion. Shambhala Art allows us to experience the profound teachings on art developed by the great Tibetan meditation teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

These teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to all. Experiential exercises bring us a deeper understanding of ourselves as powerfully creative beings. Trungpa Rinpoche says of artists, "You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world." This workshop, the first of a five-part series, builds our capacity to do so. We'll focus on truly coming to our senses, both literally and figuratively. No prior art or meditation experience is necessary. 

About the teacher:

Ellen Rook has been teaching Shambhala Art workshops for over ten years. She lives in upstate New York and is a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany. Ellen teaches Japanese flower arranging in the Sogetsu Ikebana tradition. She also writes poetry and short fiction and is working on a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She has been a member of the Shambhala community for almost 40 years.

Earlier Event: October 18
Shambhala Art Weekend