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All of So. Cal. Shambhala Centers are closed to help halt the spread of the Corona virus. But our community continues online! Go here to see all of our online programs including Contemplative Creativity Labs, classes and meditation practice sessions (Sunday morning and Wednesday evening): https://la.shambhala.org/monthly-calendar/

Welcome to the Shambhala Arts Meetup! We meet second Saturday of the month, online via Zoom.

Our purpose is to explore the creative process from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. Connecting with our senses, our environment, our materials and our heart, any activity becomes a meditation-in-action. We engage in simple mindfulness and awareness exercises that have the effect of quieting the critical mind in order to create from the foundation of one’s direct experience of the present moment. We call that Square One! This has the effect of cultivating insight and confidence in your unique experience and expression.

We've found that online is very conducive to contemplative practices since our focus is less on the screen and receiving information, but more on what's arising within us and making a gesture from there.

Who's invited? Anyone from 14 years old and up. No prior experience with art or meditation is needed. Just curiosity and a desire to slow down and explore your creative process.

What are the Shambhala Arts? The Shambhala Contemplative Arts integrate meditation into the creative process through a number disciplines and activities, including flower arranging, photography, writing, painting and calligraphy. Each of these disciplines represents a genuine contemplative path; together they bring beauty, vividness and wisdom to our lives and culture. We also explore the source of creativity with music, voice, and movement, indoors and out.

Although these activities are inspired by Shambhala Buddhism, they are not in any way religious or about adopting a religion. They are about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Art in Everyday Life! You might find that your visual and perceptual awareness increases as you synchronize your mind, eye and senses with the world and your creative process.

True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art (http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/978-1-59030-588-1.cfm)by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is recommended reading, but there are no prerequisites for joining us. No prior experience in meditation or art making is needed.

Who are the Teachers? These disciplines are offered by long-time Shambhala meditation practitioners who are also artists, meditation instructors, teachers and leaders in Shambhala Los Angeles. You can see their biographies (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/)here (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/), (scroll down the page).

Most of them are also trained and authorized Shambhala Art teachers. (Shambhala Art is an international five-part program offered as weekends and as a biennial intensive in L.A. and other location. See Shambhalaart.org (http://www.shambhalaart.org/))

Without seeing things as they are, it is hard to create art. Our perceptions are obscured and our mind is not fresh, so making art becomes a troubled, futile process by which we’re trying to create something based on concept. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Upcoming events (5)

Online Stitch Circle

Online event

$15.00

For Stitchers and Non-Stitchers, a monthly meeting (4th Saturday). Connecting to our senses and each other stitch by stitch. Slowing down with contemplative practice as the thread that links hand and heart. Combining meditation with creative process allows us to be more present … to make discoveries about ourselves and our world. As we sit together and stitch together, we touch into our inter-relatedness. The invitation of this ongoing community circle is to come as you are, being willing to listen and to share with consideration. Each meeting has its own flavor, depending on who shows up. Join us! Supply List: Gather up your needles, hooks, thread, yarn, or cloth and join us. OR: paper, string, wire, staples, tape, scissors, glue, etc. Experiment with what can you stitch with! Non-stitchers welcome. Bring your drawing, painting, or writing materials. Consider the verb “to stitch”: to fasten, join, or close with; to make, mend, or decorate with. About our guide - Linda Miller: Coming to quilting with a varied background in fine arts and textiles, I have embraced the fiber art medium. My work can be found in international exhibitions, private and public collections. In 2005 I developed The Bhavana Project, an ongoing community work based on Tibetan prayer flags. I teach flag making and creative process workshops. As a certified teacher specializing in adaptive yoga, I have taught classes for the Multiple Sclerosis community and the general population for over 30 years. With gratitude I acknowledge the encouragement and guidance of my teachers. www.lindaamiller.com Photo by Elio Santos from Unsplash Please go to: https://la.shambhala.org/meditation-groups/ to register and receive the Zoom link. This will be a monthly event (4th Saturday). $10 price / $15 patron price paypal.me/shambhalalosangeles

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Finding the Empty, Finding the Love [Online]

With Kerry Golemon Schwartz and Robert Fox 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Suggested donation is $15. la.shambhala.org It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which can be a drag for some! In this lab, we will make love notes for ourselves and for another. First, we invite love into our lives by giving ourselves "playtime" as an act of care. Let’s first contemplate what we are missing, or "what feels bad about being me”, allowing that to be seen and to breathe with Robert guiding us in a new sound meditation. Then we can write, paint, draw, or collage a compassionate response, a love note to ourselves, by gently witnessing what is hard to accept in ourselves. How is this an expression of self-love? All emotions are welcome to explore. And don’t forget, eros is an accepted aspect of this self-love as well as for another. Next, let’s create a note to someone or something we love and cherish. We can extend the same sweetness, bravery, humor, and passion with our materials and words. Love poetry, words, abstract and realistic imagery through any media you like can be our playground! Suggested Materials: cardstock or heavy paper colored and/or regular pencils, small brush and any paints, colored paper, images, glue stick or glue if you're doing collage. Kerry Golemon Schwartz has been a student and teacher of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, as well as a student and teacher of Shambhala Art. Kerry enjoys art-making in ceramics, Miksang photography, poetry, drawing, and painting. She has an M.A. in Transformative Art from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. Bay Area artist Robert Fox works with film, photography and sound. Robert received his BFA in printmaking from Otis Art Institute and an MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also earned his MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in Oakland. He has been practicing with Shambhala for 20 years, having been introduced to the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön through friends. He channels this experience in art and sitting meditation as a teacher in the Shambhala Art program. Contemplative Creativity Lab is about engaging the senses, bringing the fullness of our awareness to any activity, and connecting with our world. Everyone is warmly welcome, no exceptions. There is no need for any experience with art or meditation to take part. See more: https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/ Photograph by Tom Swinnen for Unsplash Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

Online Stitch Circle

Online event

$15.00

For Stitchers and Non-Stitchers, a monthly meeting (4th Saturday). Connecting to our senses and each other stitch by stitch. Slowing down with contemplative practice as the thread that links hand and heart. Combining meditation with creative process allows us to be more present … to make discoveries about ourselves and our world. As we sit together and stitch together, we touch into our inter-relatedness. The invitation of this ongoing community circle is to come as you are, being willing to listen and to share with consideration. Each meeting has its own flavor, depending on who shows up. Join us! Supply List: Gather up your needles, hooks, thread, yarn, or cloth and join us. OR: paper, string, wire, staples, tape, scissors, glue, etc. Experiment with what can you stitch with! Non-stitchers welcome. Bring your drawing, painting, or writing materials. Consider the verb “to stitch”: to fasten, join, or close with; to make, mend, or decorate with. About our guide - Linda Miller: Coming to quilting with a varied background in fine arts and textiles, I have embraced the fiber art medium. My work can be found in international exhibitions, private and public collections. In 2005 I developed The Bhavana Project, an ongoing community work based on Tibetan prayer flags. I teach flag making and creative process workshops. As a certified teacher specializing in adaptive yoga, I have taught classes for the Multiple Sclerosis community and the general population for over 30 years. With gratitude I acknowledge the encouragement and guidance of my teachers. www.lindaamiller.com Photo by Elio Santos from Unsplash Please go to: https://la.shambhala.org/meditation-groups/ to register and receive the Zoom link. This will be a monthly event (4th Saturday). $10 price / $15 patron price paypal.me/shambhalalosangeles

Contemplative Creativity Lab: The Power of Choice in Creating [Online]

with Rebekah Younger 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Suggested donation is $15. la.shambhala.org How we experience freedom of inspiration and spontaneity, while working with limitations, depends on what we choose. Rebekah Younger’s inspiration for this workshop comes from her year of isolation during the COVID lockdown and adjusting to the progression of her disabilities due to Parkinson’s disease. How has limitation impacted you and your choices? Perhaps it’s all in how we frame that experience? Rebekah, author of Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity, will guide participants through two exercises from her book that experiment with choice and limitation. We’ll use spontaneous choice and language in one. In the second, you’ll consciously choose to limit aspects of your creation prior to making it. You’ll use the medium of your choice for this exercise. There will be time for solo creating and then collective reflection on our experiences. Supply List Writing materials – paper, pen or pencil Your preferred art materials to use for a creation to be completed within an hour (visual, written, movement, music, etc.) Rebekah Younger, MFA (Interdisciplinary Art), is an artist, designer, entrepreneur, author and educator. She teaches meditation and art practices to encourage mindful creativity. Her book, Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity, is an accessible interactive collection of exercises, contemplations and insights as an artist, Shambhala Art Teacher and Vajrayana practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. Her greatest joy is witnessing students awaken to and express their experience through their creations. Find out more about her coaching and online classes at: https://rebekahyounger.com Contemplative Creativity Lab is about engaging the senses, bringing the fullness of our awareness to any activity, and connecting with our world. Everyone is warmly welcome, no exceptions. There is no need for any experience with art or meditation to take part. See more: https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/ Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

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Contemplative Creativity Lab: Winter Hootenanny

Online event

$15.00

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