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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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Water of Life, Darkening Gulf, Part 1 Water

Water of Life, Darkening Gulf, Part 1 Water – HIGHLIGHT

WATER By Bill Scheffel In 2004 I began a mode of life that is still occurring, one of travel (a mode which occurs even if travel is only to the mailbox) and one in which I felt I was becoming the “experiment of my own art.” Beginning that ... continue
Posted May 27, 2010 by
Sweet Children Of Tibet

Sweet Children Of Tibet – HIGHLIGHT

Sweet Children Of Tibet (Goodnight) By Andrée Stolte Sweet children of Tibet, goodnight sleep lovely dear little ones as white feathered wing sweeps over your exquisite dusty faces, silent eyes continue
Posted May 18, 2010 by
Band on Tour: Here We Go Magic

Band on Tour: Here We Go Magic – HIGHLIGHT

Kristina Lieberson, daughter of Shambhalians Ellen Kearney and Peter Lieberson is on a 7-month tour of North America and Europe with the band Here We Go Magic. The band was named one of Brooklyn’s “Top Forty” in New York Magazine. They will be appearing in many ... continue
Posted March 16, 2010 by
"Tulku" the Movie on DVD

“Tulku” the Movie on DVD – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Shambhala at the Movies by Angela Pressburger Gesar Mukpo’s intimate and honest exploration of what it means to grow up as a tulku in the west today is released on DVD just in time for the Year of the Tiger. TULKU, 2009, Canada, 75 ... continue
Posted March 3, 2010 by
Lhadrima: Part Four of a Painter's Journey

Lhadrima: Part Four of a Painter’s Journey – HIGHLIGHT

A Western Woman’s Journey as Painter of the Lha: The Noble Conquerors. Click here for PART THREE in the Lhadrima series. By Cynthia Moku Looking back once again to 1974 when I watched Glen Eddy demonstrate the technique of brush-line drawing, I saw that within this ... continue
Posted March 1, 2010 by
Lhadrima: Part Three of a Painter's Journey

Lhadrima: Part Three of a Painter’s Journey – HIGHLIGHT

A Western Woman’s Journey as Painter of the Lha: The Noble Conquerors. Click here for PART TWO in the Lhadrima series. By Cynthia Moku Painting the images of the buddhas and the bodhisattvas can become a skillful method when coupled with the path of ... continue
Posted February 28, 2010 by
Lhadrima: Part Two of a Painter's Journey

Lhadrima: Part Two of a Painter’s Journey – HIGHLIGHT

A Western Woman’s Journey as Painter of the Lha: The Noble Conquerors. Click here for PART ONE in the Lhadrima series By Cynthia Moku Drawings and preliminary sketches of the buddhas, bodhisattvas, yidams, protectors and historical emanations form a large part of my process in painting a ... continue
Posted February 27, 2010 by
Lhadrima: A Painter's Journey

Lhadrima: A Painter’s Journey – HIGHLIGHT

A Western Woman’s Journey as Painter of the Lha: The Noble Conquerors. By Cynthia Moku It was 1969 in San Francisco. I was a student taking classes at the San Francisco Art Institute on Russian Hill and the San Francisco Academy of Art on Sutter Street ... continue
Posted February 26, 2010 by

The Other Side of a Jasmine Cup – HIGHLIGHT

To mark today’s union of Shambhala Day with Valentine’s Day, we offer a love poem by Sakyong Mipham, written for Semo Tseyang. Happy New Year, and may yours be a lovely year! The sun broke through, Camouflaged by speculation. When the lips of realism Smacked their kiss upon this ... continue
Posted February 14, 2010 by

Living Guru – HIGHLIGHT

A doha by Linda Lewis, offered as part of our series of expressions of love leading up to this year’s Shambhala / Valentine’s Day celebration. I think of the guru I remember Trungpa Rinpoche. I remember the wide smile and Cheshire teeth, the cowboy ... continue
Posted February 5, 2010 by
Documenting Action for Change

Documenting Action for Change – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Shambhala at the Movies by Angela Pressburger Many Shambhalians – in our centers and as individuals – have expressed an interest in using ecology films to inspire dialogue and further exploration of this important and very current topic. Recently, there has been ... continue
Posted January 31, 2010 by

Sun Love Sun – HIGHLIGHT

Because Shambhala Day falls on Valentine’s Day this year, in the weeks leading up to the big day, we will be featuring our community’s vibrant expressions of love. By Olive Colon Breakfasting Before the sunmist sun Breaking through cloudy mind Sweeping away discursive patternings Brushing cobwebs Off ancient rhymes Continuity Often not expressed But recognized In space ... continue
Posted January 27, 2010 by
Demonstration of Space, Form, and Energy

Demonstration of Space, Form, and Energy – HIGHLIGHT

In this video series, Marcia Shibata demonstrates the principles of the practice of flower arranging. At the recent Shambhala Art Intensive in Los Angeles, Kado practitioner and teacher, Marcia Shibata did an Ikebana demonstration of the principles of Space, Form and Energy, which — in Ikebana ... continue
Posted January 25, 2010 by Steven Saitzyk
Tea: A Mirror of the Soul

Tea: A Mirror of the Soul – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Shambhala at the Movies, by Angela Pressburger This week’s movie is TAN DUN: TEA – A MIRROR OF THE SOUL (English with Chinese, French, German, and Spanish subtitles. 2002, Japan/Germany, 120 min). Chinese composer Tan Dun has won many awards for his scores to the ... continue
Posted January 7, 2010 by
Confessions of a Householder

Confessions of a Householder – HIGHLIGHT

By Acharya Michael Greenleaf Let’s face it. A house is not Zen. I never really wanted a house. It was my wife’s idea. My ideal scenario was to live in a van. There are many advantages to a van. Maybe it’s a guy thing. For one, who ever heard ... continue
Posted January 6, 2010 by

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