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How Can Art Enhance The Experience Of Meditation?

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By “Jackie Writing Jackie”

Meditation and mindfulness are vital practices embraced by Buddhists, owing to their ability to keep the mind on the eightfold path, as well as the many benefits they bestow on human mental health. If, in the past, meditation was seen as an ‘alternative therapy’ practiced by Buddhists and members of specific faiths, today, up to 500 million people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds practice meditation as a way to battle stress, improve their mood and focus, and feel more connected to a force that is larger than themselves. In order to enhance mindfulness during meditation, many tools are used – everything from selecting natural settings to choosing calming aromas. Art, however, can also boost the state of being ‘in the here and now’ and serve as a practical tool during meditation practice.
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Tasting the Salty Air

Tasting the Salty Air – HIGHLIGHT

Provincetown Dunes Sunrisearticle and paintings by Amy Wynne-Derry Nature has always been my greatest teacher. Growing up on Outer Cape Cod, in Massachusetts shaped my perception of how the world visually and temporally evolves. I spent hours as a child walking Ballston Beach in Truro, a feverish beachcomber, ... continue
Posted July 29, 2012 by
Woman and child in market in the Valle Sagrada, Sacred Valley, Peru; photo by Deborah Lafferty

Snapshots of Basic Goodness: July – HIGHLIGHT

This regular posting features snapshots of basic goodness as seen out in the world, on the street, in the countryside, in another country, at work, home, garden or grocery store. (Click on each image to view larger.) Woman and child in market in the Valle Sagrada, Sacred Valley, ... continue
Posted July 8, 2012 by
Melanya Helene "Hopeless"

Hopeless – a solo performance on Nowness and Letting Go

For two weekends only!   Come see the award winning one-woman show inspired by the writings of Pema Chodron. ‘Hopeless’ An uplifting collection of stories, music and musings on the nature of hope, fear and finding joy, “Hopeless,” performed by Portland Sangha member Melanya Helene, is a one-woman ... continue
Posted June 14, 2012 by
Miksang photo by participants in the Contemplative Photography Workshop led by Charles Blackhall on May 20th in Victoria, BC

Snapshots of Basic Goodness: June – HIGHLIGHT

This regular posting features snapshots of basic goodness as seen out in the world, on the street, in the countryside, in another country, at work, home, garden or grocery store. (Click on each image to view larger.) continue
Posted June 10, 2012 by
Basic Goodness in photos

Basic Goodness in photos

Runners-up in this month’s submissions to the Snapshots of Basic Goodness series. [caption id=”attachment_31019″ align=”aligncenter” width=”470″ /> View more at: continue
Posted May 12, 2012 by
Snapshots of Basic Goodness: May

Snapshots of Basic Goodness: May – HIGHLIGHT

New Regular Feature on the Shambhala Times: Snapshots of Basic Goodness This new regular posting will feature snapshots of basic goodness as seen out in the world, on the street, in the countryside, at work, home, grocery store. We invite YOU, our readers, to contribute. See a moment ... continue
Posted May 12, 2012 by
Union of Dharma and Art

Union of Dharma and Art – HIGHLIGHT

photos and article by Dana Marshall In my last year of high school in Boulder, Colorado (1978), at 16 years old I had completed all the required courses so I had the opportunity to focus on what really interested me which was painting, photography, ceramics and mythology. ... continue
Posted May 7, 2012 by
A Mukpo Painting

A Mukpo Painting – HIGHLIGHT

For those that don’t know him, Tagtrug Mukpo, affectionately known as Taggie, was born in Boulder, Colorado on March 9, 1971 to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his wife, Lady Diana Mukpo. He is half-brother to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa’s eldest son. As a young child, ... continue
Posted March 28, 2012 by
Awakening Playfully

Awakening Playfully – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating Shambhala and the Arts Offering a window into the Shambhala Art teachings article by Ladan Yalzadeh photos from Shambhala Art International Awakening. That’s the word I would use to describe the Shambhala Art teachings. Here are some other words I would use: bold, surprising, gentle, accessible, primordial, expansive, essential, ... continue
Posted March 26, 2012 by
Rendezvous with Impermanence

Rendezvous with Impermanence – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating Shambhala and the Arts Two artists – Massimo Guerrera and Sylvie Cotton – share their creative process and expression with us. Both are Shambhala practitioners and long-time trained artists. Their art is inspired by their practice of meditation and the path of embodying creativity. In these two ... continue
Posted March 23, 2012 by
Sometimes a golden fish swims by

Sometimes a golden fish swims by – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating Shambhala and the Arts What to Know and How to Know It photos and article by Mary Lang “Sit and do nothing. Every once in a while a golden fish swims by and lays her golden eggs. You’ll know.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche In the fall of 1973, I started ... continue
Posted March 22, 2012 by
Observing Shambhala Art Day

Observing Shambhala Art Day – HIGHLIGHT

article by Amanda Tasse photos are from the Los Angeles sangha Today is Shambhala Art Day, which has been designated by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to occur on the spring equinox. It is a day when the entire Shambhala community and friends are invited to celebrate art forms and ... continue
Posted March 20, 2012 by
A Good Eye

A Good Eye – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating Shambhala and the Arts by Charles Blackhall Aimless wandering is a favorite past-time for me, often with my camera slung over my shoulder. Suddenly my attention is caught by color, texture, form, light, or another striking flash. In the moment, this stops the mind and yet it’s ... continue
Posted March 17, 2012 by

Rigdens at an Exhibition | Shambhala Times Community News Magazine

Rigdens at an Exhibition | Shambhala Times Community News Magazine. From: Pioneer Valley Shambhala News continue
Posted March 13, 2012 by
A Brief History of Shambhala Art

A Brief History of Shambhala Art – HIGHLIGHT

by Steven Saitzyk, International Director of Shambhala Art How does one begin to tell a story that no one person can tell? Even finding a starting point for this tale is a challenge. I could start when I first met the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in ... continue
Posted March 11, 2012 by

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