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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 II: Seeing Things as They Are

  • SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER OF CHICAGO 37 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)

The Shambhala Art™ Program is a five part training in mindful creativity based on the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as found in his book, True Perception.  He was also a calligrapher, photographer, poet, film maker and Ikebana master. His teachings centered on the integration of art and meditation as a way to cultivate greater awareness and genuine expressions that wake up both the artist and the viewer.  His teachings were influential for such artists as Allen Ginsburg, Meredith Monk, Alice Walker, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell. 

Part 2: Seeing Things as They Are looks more closely at the process of perception and how our thinking influences our perceptions.  To express clearly we need to know the difference between our thoughts about something and the thing itself.

This one-day workshop will include meditation instruction, perception exercises, and discussion about the creative process that can be applicable to any art form and any level of experience in art or meditation.  Join us in exploring mindful sensory awareness and how it can enhance your creativity, meditation practice and daily life, whether you consider yourself an artist or not.

Repeat participants receive a discounted tuition of $40. Please select the "Deposit" option in registration to use.

Instructors:

Rebekah Younger is a multidisciplinary artist, author and educator who is currently working on a book entitled, “Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity” based on her understanding of the Shambhala Art™ teachings and her own experience as an artist/ entrepreneur/educator.  She is an authorized Shambhala Art™ teacher and meditation instructor who has been practicing meditation for 17 years within the Shambhala Buddhist community.  She received a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in 2008, with a focus on contemplative art practices and the Dharma art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Paul Romejko is a graphic designer and photographer. He is an authorized Shambhala art teacher for Parts 1-3 who has also taught Photography and graphic design at the college level. He has written and presented on applying Shambhala Art principles to graphic design and branding. Paul has a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in Photography from Ohio University. He has been on the Shambhala Buddhist path for 15 years.

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