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Mar 17
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“Art Happens” so Let’s Share It Here

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Art happens anytime, anywhere, through spontaneity and deliberation alike. It can be made from anything. It can hold and convey our deepest pains and greatest joys. Whatever it is, it’s communication. Therefore, this new Shambhala Times column, “Art Happens” is devoted to sharing our art.

Right now, in this time and place, we could use some communication that is beyond concept. That is as unfathomable to its maker as its viewer. So let’s gather the artists, painters, crafters, wordsmiths, photographers, and everyone who dares to place a dot in our cosmic canvas for others to witness.

We can support photographs of visual art, digital files, links, and announcements for where to see art in person. All mediums and forms that this website can practically portray are welcome. Everything received that is free from hate, violence, or willful harm will be published, and it may or may not be featured on the front page. Comments will be open but moderated to protect the heart of art, which needs to be given the safety to be raw and vulnerable; to go there, where the mind cannot tread.

The only requirement is that you submit an artist’s statement with your art. Whether you want to write about materials, process, symbolism, theory, practice principles, awakening moments you experienced while making the art, or even breakdowns that shook you to your core, share it with the community in this column.

Submissions can be emailed to Jennifer Holder at [email protected].

Jennifer Holder was a founding editor of the Shambhala Times and served as editor-in-chief, reporter, and event blogger until 2012. She received a writing degree from Naropa University and immediately launched a whole-hearted, all-in career in book publishing. After editorial stints in Boulder, Vancouver, London, Dallas, and Manhattan, she founded Full Bloom Publications and writes, edits, advises, coaches, and publishes galore (averaging 28 book projects a year). Jennifer lives in Fulton, Missouri with furry sangha members who purr during meditation and sometimes eat shrine offerings.

Entries filed under Arts and Poetry


Reopening Poetry Space

Reopening Poetry Space – HIGHLIGHT

Noble Sangha— After much heart searching, we have decided to reopen the Poetry Space column on the Shambhala Times. This is not a decision we take lightly. We are all broken hearted. We are all feeling lost as to how to “simply be” at this point. We’ve ... continue
Posted March 3, 2019 by
Father as Ancestor

Father as Ancestor – HIGHLIGHT

In this reposted article from 2011, Bill Scheffel reflects on both the passing of his father and the Shambhala teachings of Chogyam Trungpa (whom Bill refers to as “Lord Mukpo”, his family name and the name he often used when teaching Shambhala Training). This essay and collection ... continue
Posted December 6, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
An Amateur's Experience of Thangka Painting

An Amateur’s Experience of Thangka Painting

In 1976 I was very fortunate to begin my study of traditional Tibetan thangka painting with the Rongae family at Naropa University.   continue
Posted November 29, 2018 by David_Brown
Monkey at the Movies

Monkey at the Movies – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Shambhala at the Movies, by Angela Pressburger In honour of the holiday season — the time for purchasing Big Box Sets as gifts — I thought I’d offer something I frequently get requests for more information on: Monkey / The Journey to the West. ... continue
Posted November 13, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
On Torma Offering

On Torma Offering – HIGHLIGHT

by Phil Karl While practicing in the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey several years ago I learned to make tormas. I’d been making tormas for a number of years, but finally got comprehensive training, and plenty of practice in that rather long retreat. It may be of interest ... continue
Posted October 30, 2018 by Philip Karl
The Third Mind Exhibition

The Third Mind Exhibition – HIGHLIGHT

              New River – watercolor series 1981- by John Cage Ellen Pearlman, New York -based writer and editor of the Brooklyn Rail who lives part time in China, writes about The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York responding to the influence of eastern thought ... continue
Posted October 16, 2018 by Ellen Pearlman
"Before and After" by Peter Seidler

Before and After: Portraits from Dathun – HIGHLIGHT

by Peter Seidler This series of photos, titled “Before and After,” comes from a larger project called “Contemplatives,” a visual exploration of the physiological qualities of meditation practice. I set up the “Before and After” project to explore the observable effects on practitioners after long periods of ... continue
Posted October 7, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
What is the Heart of Dharma Art?

What is the Heart of Dharma Art? – HIGHLIGHT

calligraphy by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Jack Niland and unknown artist Celebrating Shambhala and the Arts story and artwork by Jack Niland What is the Heart of Dharma Art? It is MANIFESTING the world…your world, my world, our world…an enlightened world. Why? Because this is what the universe does. It ... continue
Posted October 4, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
More Buried Rivers

More Buried Rivers – HIGHLIGHT

A second excerpt from the book subtitled A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust by Ellen Korman Mains It would be dark when I arrived in Zamość, a place I’d never been and where I knew no one. I didn’t even have a reservation for the night. It wasn’t confidence ... continue
Posted September 26, 2018 by CGH
Buried Rivers

Buried Rivers – HIGHLIGHT

A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust; excerpt from a book  by Ellen Korman Mains The center was called Tail of the Tiger then. When I returned from my second visit, my mother went to the door of my parents’ bedroom and called my father out, like a foot-soldier ... continue
Posted September 24, 2018 by CGH
Poetry Space

Poetry Space – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections from the Coordinator by Jeff Fink In 2013, I was approached by the then-editor of the Times, Sarah Lipton, about possibly organizing a poetry column for the Shambhala Times. This grew out of an Enlightened Society Assembly conversation, so how could I say no? With the help ... continue
Posted September 2, 2018 by
Poetry Space, Summer 2018

Poetry Space, Summer 2018 – HIGHLIGHT

Poetry Space – Summer 2018 Sometimes, it seems as if the world is literally and figuratively on fire, and this is certainly what it feels like in the kingdom of Shambhala right now. Also, we’re very late in responding to our most recent set of new submissions, ... continue
Posted August 21, 2018 by
The Crystal Sands

The Crystal Sands – HIGHLIGHT

A short story about power dynamics and consensual relationship by Anne-Marie Keppel There once were two humans sitting on a beach. Beautiful, glistening, crystal-like sand covered the beach like a blanket of starry wonder. The sand stretched across the entire expanse surrounding them, and at the edges mingled ... continue
Posted July 12, 2018 by CGH
I've Gotten as Far as Fearlessness

I’ve Gotten as Far as Fearlessness – HIGHLIGHT

The Tiger says: “You are good enough to help.” The Lion says: “You know you want to help.” The Garuda says: “It’s time. Let’s do this.” I can’t wait to hear what the Dragon says. But for now, there’s work to do. a bit of verse by Alan Augustson continue
Posted June 2, 2018 by
Why art, why now?

Why art, why now? – HIGHLIGHT

The third in a three-part series about art, creativity, and the creative process by Katey Schultz I want to wrap up this three-part series helping writers and creative types “come at” their imaginations and their creative practices in new ways, by touching on a big topic. I began ... continue
Posted May 3, 2018 by

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