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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 (4+)

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Exploring Creative Process (online)

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$15.00

Go to Contemplative Creativity Lab Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles to Register and receive the Zoom Link.

Inspired by or based on the Dharma Art Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Dharma Art teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of knowing that is available to all. No art or meditation experience is required. All are welcome. Please share.

We've found that contemplative practices work well via Zoom – since the focus is not on the screen, but more on what is arising within your own experience. Please register at la.shambhala.org to receive the zoom link.
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Suggested donation is $10. - 15.

What is Contemplative Creativity Lab? Founded in 2013, we are a group of trained Shambhala Art Educators and Special Guests who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and have included ink and brush, contemplative movement, photography and writing. What links these is the ground of meditation which allows for fresh perception to be in the forefront, rather than trying to make "art". So, we give meditation instruction and sit for a short time before we move into a meditation-in-activity. Creating from that place of open mind/heart we call "Square One". Please check it out!

Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

You can see some of our main teacher biographies here: (http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/)

Online Stitch Circle

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$15.00

For Stitchers and Non-Stitchers - Monthly Meeting (Generally 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 register a few days before: https://la.shambhala.org/meditation-groups/ to receive the Zoom link. This will be a monthly event (4th Saturday).

$10 program price / $15 patron price paypal.me/shambhalalosangeles

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Exploring Creative Process (online)

Link visible for attendees

$15.00

Go to Contemplative Creativity Lab Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles to Register and receive the Zoom Link.

Inspired by or based on the Dharma Art Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Dharma Art teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of knowing that is available to all. No art or meditation experience is required. All are welcome. Please share.

We've found that contemplative practices work well via Zoom – since the focus is not on the screen, but more on what is arising within your own experience. Please register at la.shambhala.org to receive the zoom link.
Questions? [masked]

Suggested donation is $10. - 15.

What is Contemplative Creativity Lab? Founded in 2013, we are a group of trained Shambhala Art Educators and Special Guests who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and have included ink and brush, contemplative movement, photography and writing. What links these is the ground of meditation which allows for fresh perception to be in the forefront, rather than trying to make "art". So, we give meditation instruction and sit for a short time before we move into a meditation-in-activity. Creating from that place of open mind/heart we call "Square One". Please check it out!

Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

You can see some of our main teacher biographies here: (http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/)

Online Stitch Circle

Link visible for attendees

For Stitchers and Non-Stitchers
A Monthly Meeting (There is no meeting in December.)

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 register a few days before: https://la.shambhala.org/meditation-groups/ to receive the Zoom link. This will be a monthly event (4th Saturday).

$10 price / $15 patron price paypal.me/shambhalalosangeles

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