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Shambhala Art Weekend Blends Contemplation with Creative Process Shambhala Art, or Dharma Art, focuses on the exploration of how mediation and contemplation work with the creative and viewing processes. The Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence will present the first two parts of the five-part Shambhala Art program the weekend of Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3.
 
The program is ideal for anyone—artists and non-artists alike—who wishes to make a genuine creative expression, whatever the form. Shambhala Art provides an experience of the natural flow of creativity that arises from the open space of a meditative mind. Clarity of vision leads to clarity of expression.
 
The Shambhala Art program comes from the inspiration and teachings of the late Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. He was s calligrapher, photographer, poet, filmmaker and Ikebana master who taught that genuine art tells the truth and has the power to wake up
both the maker and the viewer.Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings on Dharma Art can be found in his book, True Perception. His teachings were influential for artists such as Allen Ginsburg, Meredith Monk, Alice Walker, David Bowie and Joni Mitchell.
 
The weekend program is co-led by Ellen Rook, a poet and senior teacher, or shastri, in the Shambhala tradition, and visual artist and Shambhala teacher Rebekah Younger who designs environmental installations for homes and offices. The program begins Friday evening, May 1 with a talk and demonstration, “Back to Square One: Art and Meditation,” which also is free and open to the public. Part One, “Coming to Your Senses” and Part Two, “Seeing Things as They Are” continue Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.
 
Register online at providence.shambhala.org. For additional information on the weekend course, shambhalainfo@gmail.com. The Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence is located at 541 Pawtucket Ave., Second Floor, at the intersection of North Main St. and Pawtucket Ave.
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