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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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When Ugly is Beautiful

  • Shambhala Gainesville Meditation Group 1899 Northeast 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL, 32609 United States (map)

How do you see the phenomenal world?  This introduction to Shambhala Arts is an invitation to understand your perceptions.  No skills are necessary. No experience required.  Everyone is welcome!

The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. It requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Meditation helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity. We also learn through meditation that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

Shastri Brett Ferrigan
Shastri Brett Ferrigan
 serves as a Shastri in the south Florida region, teaching the Way of Shambhala curriculum with a special interest in the warriorship aspects of Heart of Recovery and Yin Yoga.  Brett took refuge with Chogyam Trungpa in 1981 and completed the Rigden Abhisheka with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2009.  A certified yoga instructor, Brett has also studied and practiced 5-Element Acupuncture, Financial Planning and represented the interests of people with disabilities as a spokesperson in Washington, DC.  He has a soft spot for French poodles.