Coming to Your Senses and Seeing Things as They Are: Shambhala Art Parts I+II

with Miriam Hall

September 27th—September 29th (2013)

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  • $100.00 Program Price
Room: Shrine Hall
Program Registration is Closed.

This weekend program begins with a public talk that is open to everyone. $10 suggested donation if you attend the Friday evening talk only - otherwise it is included in registration for the weekend program described below.


To artist or non-artist, the creative process often seems mysterious and magical. How do we give a physical reality to our inspiration so it communicates its essential nature? Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. It is a viewpoint that encourages us to see things as they are, rather than just how we think or imagine they are. Shambhala Art does not teach a particular skill or technique such as painting, sculpture, or dance. It is about the source of inspiration, its manifestation, and how it speaks to us beyond the limits of its container.  Once a view and a path are established it can be put into practice within any artistic discipline. Although the Shambhala Art teachings are inspired by Shambhala Buddhism, they are not in any way religious or about adopting a religion. They are about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication.

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. He was an artist, poet, and author of over a dozen books on subjects ranging from psychology to iconography. Volume 7 of the Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche focuses specifically on all his Dharma Art teachings. True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche which contains selections from Volume 7 and is the primary text used in Shambhala Art. Shambhala Art is a division of Shambhala International 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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Without seeing things as they are, it is hard to create art. Our
perceptions are obscured and our mind is not fresh, so making art
becomes a troubled, futile process by which we’re trying to create
something based on concept. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison encourages program participants to pay what they can afford. People whose financial situation limits their ability to pay may contribute to the extent they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of payment.

Individuals who are not able to pay the full program fee should pre-register for programs online and indicate their request in the "notes" section provided.  It is not necessary to provide an explanation. Individuals may also request that the program coordinator contact them personally.