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Contemplative Creativity Lab: The Way of Flowers (Westside)
Please note the location and the atypical time frame. Price includes plant material which you can take home and light refreshments. All are welcome, but you must pre-register by Oct 10th here: https://la.shambhala.org as space is limited. No prerequisites. Meditation can be done in various ways. Join us in learning about Kado, the "Path of Flowers", and doing a flower arrangement as a form of "meditation in action". It is not necessary to have knowledge or training in flower arranging to take this Creativity Lab. The primary purpose is to explore and feel the process of arranging, without an emphasis to create a product. There will be a demonstration of a traditional form of Japanese flower arranging, known as Ikebana. Then, you will be provided flowers, other materials and general guidance to do your own arrangement. After experiencing the process of arranging, we will have a group discussion about this experience. Light refreshment will be served during the discussion. About the Instructor: Guy Blume has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner for 25 years. He is a meditation instructor and Kado practitioner as well as the regional head of Shambhala Culture and Decorum for Southern California. He has his own company Guy Blume Design, specializing in interior and garden design. For the past fifteen years Guy Blume has fostered the development of his business through the filter of his Buddhist studies and practice that infuses his many creative endeavors; interior design, gardens, ikebana and furniture design. "True beauty is tender hearted and poetic. Beauty is a powerful force that can nourish the soul and heal the world." – Guy Blume Contemplative Creativity Lab alternates between Westside Shambhala and Eagle Rock Shambhala Centers. There will also be occasional Labs at the Orange County Shambhala Center. Please see our webpage: http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/ What is Contemplative Creativity Lab? We are a group of meditation and art practitioners and teachers who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and have included ink and brush, movement, photography and poetry. 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! You can see the teacher biographies here (http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/) Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa. Good to bring a notebook or sketchbook. We occasionally offer special All Day Creativity Labs. https://www.facebook.com/contemplativecreativitylab/info

Westside Shambhala Center

3877A Grand View Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066 · Los Angeles, CA

What we're about

Welcome to the Shambhala Arts Meetup! We meet second Saturday of the month, alternating between Westside Shambhala (https://la.shambhala.org/westside-shambhala/)in Mar Vista and Eagle Rock Shambhala (https://la.shambhala.org/eagle-rock/) center for Contemplative Creativity Lab. We also occasionally offer Shambhala Arts Meetups in Orange County, and offer special programs around L.A.

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.

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. Supplies are provided unless otherwise noted, but you're welcome to bring a sketchbook or notebook and something to write with.

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, Spiritual Leader and Head of Shambhala International

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