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Without Elaboration

Pre-Miksang glassCOLUMN: Snapshots of Basic Goodness

by Dan Peterson, Seattle

During the third class of Wisdom in Everyday Life we entered into a rather feisty discussion of how preconceptions and habits veil our capacity to directly experience the richness of our environment. If we do catch a glimpse of this vivid world it is soon subsumed by our conceptual efforts to name what we see, or create a context, to make our experience safe. One class assignment was to find a place to sit down for ten minutes a day – with no agenda – not even to meditate. The assignment was to notice.

The next class we saw Miksang photos posted by Charles Blackhall on Facebook. The assignment for the last class was to simply photograph what we saw, without elaboration. There was no training in Miksang photography – so we called this pre-Miksang. We hope you enjoy the photos!

We invite you, our readers, to contribute.

See a moment of basic goodness in your life? Share it with a photo. Send your submissions to the Shambhala Times at: [email protected]. The best three for each month will be featured, but it’s not a competition. If you have more that you want to share – contact your local Shambhala Center and see how you can get involved with your local blog, and visit our Facebook page to see more: Shambhala Times Magazine.

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7 responses to “ Without Elaboration ”
  1. Linda Willow
    Jun 11, 2014

    I just love these– enjoy the shots of mundane or industrial items transformed into sheer non conceptual abstract beauty–though I’m also aware of how many concepts I had to cite to type that sentence! Just wanted to say great work!

  2. Dan Peterson
    Jun 11, 2014

    Thank you John. We came down against the name ‘Primordial Miksang’.

  3. Dan Peterson
    Jun 11, 2014

    Hi Sala! Keep us posted on your time in Ghana. We will save a cushion for you back in Seattle.

  4. wonderful photos…I do feel the essence of basic goodness there….thanks for sharing Dan!

  5. Very nice to see the class’s wisdom eyes looking back at us!

  6. Thanks for sharing your perception/images.
    Pre-Miksang is Miksang.
    best wishes,
    John McQuade

  7. Sala Sweet
    Jun 9, 2014

    thank you Dan. I will practice this here in Ghana.

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