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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 III: The Creative Process

  • Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago 37 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)

Prerequisite: Shambhala Art Part 2

Facing a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we welcome the open space of not knowing: the Heaven principle. Out of that space, inspiration arises and we take the leap, make the mark, and begin to create, joining Heaven and Earth. Bringing awareness and heart to the process is the Human principle. Part Three explores these ancient Chinese aesthetic principles through calligraphies and object arrangements.

The 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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