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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 I: Coming to Our Senses

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

The Shambhala Art teachings celebrate art that springs from the meditative mind. They remind us to appreciate the uniqueness of everyday sensory experience, the art of everyday life. Seeing the simplicity and brilliance of "things as they are" provides the ground for genuine creativity which is the expression of non-aggression.

The Shambhala Art Program takes five of the topics from a body of teachings presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and offers them as areas of exploration and focus. It is a study program of Trungpa Rinpoche's root teachings on these topics which includes perception and art-making exercises that bring our understanding into direct experience.

This program is available to all with or without “art” experience. However, participants may not skip any part and continue on to the next part. A list of recommended readings will be supplied on registration. 

Part One: Coming to Our Senses

Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. Through a series of exercises, Part One explores the process of perception, highlighting both clarity and obscurations.

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