Shambhala Art Parts 1 & 2

with Lynn Wolfe & Melinda Rothouse

August 16th—August 17th (2014)

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  • $150.00 Standard price
  • $175.00 Patron price
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Room: Main Meditation Hall
Program Registration is Closed.

“Shambhala Art is the essence of Enlightened Society” –Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. The Shambhala Art curriculum emphasizes the creative process in everyday life. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. This program is open to everyone; no specific artistic training or experience is needed.

Shambhala Art Part One: Coming to Your Senses

The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. The creative process 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.

Shambhala Art Part Two: Seeing Things as They Are

Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are. We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it. What we create and perceive communicates through signs and symbols. Signs communicate primarily information and the thought sense of things. Symbols on the other hand are primarily about non-conceptual direct experience, the presence and the felt sense of things. Seeing the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, as well as how they work together empowers our creative and viewing processes.

If you are interested in attending this class, please register below as soon as possible so we'll have an accurate sense of the group (you can pay the day of the program if you prefer).

Please contact Melinda Rothouse for more information: [email protected].

Those who are repeating the program may pay a reduced price of $100.