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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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Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

“All Conditional phenomena, Just like dream and illusion, Like bubbles, and shadows, also like dews and thunder; We should see it just like that.” Chinese calligraphy extracted from “Diamond Sutra”. 一切有為法,如夢幻泡影, 如露亦如電,應作如是觀。 抄錄自《金剛經》 Mixed media with metallic gold color on rice paper, mounted on hemp canvas; ready to hang. The size is 24 by 34 ... continue
Posted May 5, 2011 by Yeachin Tsai
A Tribute to Peter Lieberson

A Tribute to Peter Lieberson – HIGHLIGHT

Peter Lieberson passed away on Saturday, April 23rd. Obituaries have already been published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. There will be sukhavati ceremonies for him in various Shambhala Centers around the world tomorrow. By Sam Bercholz The entrance to the celestial pure land ... continue
Posted April 25, 2011 by
The Sacred Gift: Tradition and Modernity in the Spiritual Art of Nepal

The Sacred Gift: Tradition and Modernity in the Spiritual Art of Nepal – HIGHLIGHT

With great enthusiasm, the Berkeley Shambhala Center is hosting an exhibition of contemporary paintings. You might remember our exhibit, The Divine Feminine in the spring of 2007. The curator, Siddhartha V. Shah, is back along with Barbara Cook bringing still finer, museum-quality work in a major ... continue
Posted April 18, 2011 by
Clouds of Drala Warriors

Clouds of Drala Warriors – HIGHLIGHT

Ladies and Gentlemen of Shambhala, To celebrate this day when we remember and reflect on the life of the Dorje Dradül Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I have written this poem, which arose from the aspiration for all in this world to benefit from his profound gift of ... continue
Posted April 4, 2011 by
Walking in Juniper

Walking in Juniper – HIGHLIGHT

Walking in Junipers A poem by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Written for his father, July 29,1989 The other night I dreamt of you. You were in the realm of the dakinis Surrounded by your multitude of maidens. Some came to you And some wanted you to come to them Others just played in your delight Still ... continue
Posted March 28, 2011 by
In Sutrayana

In Sutrayana

In Sutrayana In Ashoka Bhavan In the Astor Suite In the rocking chair, I remembered. In the handicapped bathroom In Shambhala, DC My father and pipe wrenches, teflon tape (the leak stopped) Holding me As his tears fell Over the loss of sons Now from the Rocking Chair in the Astor Suite the mirror turns from pale yellow to pink; and Acharya ... continue
Posted February 25, 2011 by Bob
Miksang with Incarcerated Youth

Miksang with Incarcerated Youth – HIGHLIGHT

Jake Lorfing describes his adventures and shares photos from teaching contemplative photography to teenagers. We didn’t know what to expect entering the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center to meet the eight girls, ages 14-17, who had signed up for a weekly Miksang Photography class. Four volunteers ... continue
Posted February 14, 2011 by

Goodbye

A poem by Bob Huber Today i burned them. Piled dead rose branches Over charcoal. Softly tore up those farewells From Roland, Menty, Bobbi, Joan And a hundred others And placed them in the flames: The Job I loved The Work I did These people, In That Life Goodbye, i loved You On September 2, 2010, I said goodbye ... continue
Posted February 7, 2011 by Bob
Tonglen Tango

Tonglen Tango – HIGHLIGHT

Medium of the breath – tonglen tango a poem by Kunga Dawa LISTEN: medium-of-the-breath-tonglen-tango Alright, I’ll write, not words reflected on but starbursts of radiant light from nowhere, the deepest inner space. It’s neither here nor there, it’s everywhere, its messenger the bright green hummingbird with scarlet throat sipping from red geranium ... continue
Posted January 20, 2011 by
A Voice Like Honey on Toast

A Voice Like Honey on Toast – HIGHLIGHT

A music review, by Acharya David Schneider. B his name is Bene and he’s a Buddhist. He lives in Berlin and plays in a band. He plays beautiful keyboards in a number of bands, actually, and teaches and produces and cobbles together a living the way most ... continue
Posted July 25, 2010 by
Kimonos and Watercolors Galore at Konchok Art Auction

Kimonos and Watercolors Galore at Konchok Art Auction – HIGHLIGHT

Brocade kimonos for $40. Are you kidding? Well, not for long. A dark blue and gold women’s kimono that started at $40 now hovers at $55, and soon may climb higher. Online art auctions are a fickle affair. One moment you have a bargain on your ... continue
Posted July 8, 2010 by
Yes: Express Your Everything

Yes: Express Your Everything – HIGHLIGHT

A One-Woman Play by Cynthia Kneen Photos courtesy of Jennifer Holder Before leaving for South Africa, I had been writing and performing a one-woman show as part of an underground theater group. A week before I left home, I wrote something new called YES. It is fiction, ... continue
Posted June 23, 2010 by
Amending Ratna Aspiration

Amending Ratna Aspiration – HIGHLIGHT

Invoking Money to Wash Debt Clean ~ in the playful manner of our lineage of poets. Primordial Rigden, Shiwa Okar of the Basically Good, Gesar Norbu Dradul, commander of fearless troops King Ashoka of generous riches, Milarepa, conqueror of karma… To you I offer clouds of love and devotion. Come ... continue
Posted June 19, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
A Story: Little Girl Wishes

A Story: Little Girl Wishes – HIGHLIGHT

By Lois Lungta Part of the ongoing blog kept by Jennifer Holder, titled Tracking Jewels. The exact date of this composition is unknown. ~ ^ ~ I bought this leather-bound journal this winter to honor many things: the significance of this moment in my life as choice ... continue
Posted June 12, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
Water of Life, Darkening Gulf, Part 2 Oil Spill

Water of Life, Darkening Gulf, Part 2 Oil Spill – HIGHLIGHT

By Bill Scheffel I am now in the third day of a twenty-day trip and writing from the twenty-eighth floor of a Chicago hotel. I was invited here over a year ago to attend the wedding of a friend and former student. A little over a week ago, ... continue
Posted May 28, 2010 by

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