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Category: Shambhala Art

Whole Life Stroke: Arrival, Kālacakra, and Shambhala Art

Warning: This post contains spoilers about the movie, Arrival. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once said, “It’s possible to make a brush stroke that expresses your whole life.” It is a statement that is audacious and bold, and typical from a man who had a deep understanding of life and art. But is it possible? After seeing…
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Kado Workshop Reflections

To paraphrase Shibata Sensei, “We don’t work with what we want. We work with what we are given.” Kado is the “Flower Way” or Path of Flowers. Like Shambhala Art, kado is not a practice of making flower arrangements. It is a process that has the intent of making us more aware, awake, and clear. As…
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Shambhala Art Intensive (Day 5: Art in Everyday Life)

I am so grateful for the presence of these teachings in the Shambhala system, and grateful to the teachers—Steve, Amanda, and Anne—for manifesting these teachings in such a vivid and powerful way. I’m very much looking forward to continuing my journey with “art in everyday life.” Ki ki so so! Today was the final day…
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Shambhala Arts Intensive (Day 4: The Power of Display)

The mandala principal helps us to understand that art cannot be separate from our approach to the dharma. How we approach beauty and elegance in our life is how we experience the dharma. Though I didn’t mention it yesterday another big part of our Day 3 was working on object arrangement. We translated the idea…
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Shambhala Art Intensive (Day 3: The Creative Process)

When I return to square one, there’s no weight from previous actions. I can make my next step with openness and freshness. Today was an incredible day in the workshop. One of my greatest pleasures in my recent Dorje Kasung training in New Mexico was our mess followed by sake and calligraphy. It brought an…
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Shambhala Art Intensive (Day 2: Seeing Things as They Are)

But the cat was also extraordinary in itself, and that was something I could only see if I first looked.   When my sister Cortney died one of the small items that I requested to keep was a small cat figure that she had selected at a Zuni fetish shop in Santa Fe. I keep it in my…
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Shambhala Art Intensive (Day 1: Coming To Your Senses)

When I hear the phrase “coming to your senses” I think of snapping back to reality. I’d usually use this phrase when talking about a friend or person who was making bad choices that are obvious to everyone except them. As Cher said to Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck, “Snap out of it!” Thus, coming to…
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