March Monthly Program - Miksang Contemplative Photography

For our March program, Denise Bossarte will give a presentation on Miksang Contemplative Photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “Good Eye.”

In contemplative photography, we learn to synchronize the eye and the mind, to be mindful of the present moment without judging, reflecting or thinking. When the eye and the mind are in the same place, the photographer is simply observing the moment in which they find themselves
and they can discover and capture the ordinary magic of the phenomenal world.

In Miksang, we are working to “re-image” the way that you think, talk about, and practice photography. This practice encourages you to look at your world in a new way. No previous photography experience needed!

Miksang helps to make you more aware of the visual richness of ordinary objects and scenes, to help overcome biases and judgments about what is worth looking at and photographing. You will work to heighten your awareness to the world around you and you will begin to select and abstract from the visual richness of your surroundings.

With Miksang, you learn to experience the process of photography as a discipline and a source of insight.

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  • Ed R.

    I really enjoyed the presentation, Denise is a very good communicator and the subject interesting. I like Gary's statement too.

    March 6, 2013

  • Denise B.

    Thank you everyone for your kind feedback. I am very happy to discuss my passion and always am thrilled when people can make a connection with anything that I share about the contemplative practice. Gary, I am humbled by your comments and have gratitude that I have been able to pass along the wonderful teachings that have been shared to me.

    March 6, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Sharing personal opinions. Denise and I spoke briefly about Miksang—nothing of depth. When we first talked she made a comment that I took negatively—she said that Miksang was not about the photograph, it was about the process. As you know I firmly believe that photography is a three step process as duChemin says; 1/3 what you see that inspires the photograph, 1/3 what you capture in the camera and 1/3 what you refine in processing. That’s a Rule of Thirds that I can support. So for me it is ALL about the photograph and always will be. However, Denise has a convert—not to replace but to enhance what I do. I would give anything to have a recording of the first half of her program, the part where she was discussing the five elements, color, pattern/texture, space, dot in space and light. She shared some very important concepts about the art of seeing photographically. If each of us had started with an understanding of those five elements we would be much better photographers today.

    1 · March 6, 2013

    • David B.

      I like what you said Gary - much better put than my comments. Thanks.

      March 6, 2013

  • Leslie S.

    Very impressed with the program & concept

    March 6, 2013

  • Lindarose

    Very informative and I think Denise presented it well.

    March 6, 2013

  • David B.

    Very interesting and well-presented. Denise obviously does love her craft and art of Miksang Contemplative Photography. She presented a very cogent and well-put-together program; I actually feel like I can touch the edges of what it means to do this kind of photography. I was a bit challenged by some of the rules or disciplines of Miksang, but actually intend to experiment with them. I don't see this as a religious issue, as much as I see it as an opportunity to expand my art.

    March 6, 2013

  • Alcy N.

    Well organized and interesting.

    March 5, 2013

  • Angel

    The program was very informative. Denise is a good speaker and clearly loves teaching others about Miksang.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there...

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to attend future photography meetups

    February 28, 2013

  • Sandy T.

    The Katy group is doing this really close by thus saving me the drive.

    January 18, 2013

  • Alcy N.

    can't wait to learn more

    January 11, 2013

  • Gary S.

    Sounds very interesting.

    January 11, 2013

  • Lindarose

    Looking forward to this!

    January 11, 2013

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