Contemplative Creativity Lab: exploring creative processes that arise from meditative space
First Thought, Poetry, Meditation, Movement, Brush, Square One, Collage, Object Arranging, Painting, Contemplation, Music, Photography, Discussion, Collaboration ….
Go to our MeetUp Group: meetup.com/Shambhala-Arts to learn about next meeting.
ABOUT CREATIVITY LAB:
What is this? We are a group of art and meditation practitioners and teachers who want to play with the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and to share it with others. To let go of concepts about “Art” and collaborate. Not primarily to make stuff, but to engage each other and develop a ground of mutual trust born of curiosity, willingness to be a fool, and trust in the process of coming back to the present moment. To see where it goes.Please join us!
Who’s invited? You are anyone between the ages of 14 and 140, artist or not, meditator or not. There will be meditation instruction and opportunities to relate these teachings to your personal projects or practice.
Bring: a notebook or sketchbook and pen or pencil
Door opens: 10:30 a.m. for tea (Unless otherwise noted)
Lab starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. (Unless otherwise noted)
No art or meditation experience is ever necessary at Contemplative Creativity Lab.
Suggested Donation: $10 – 15 *
email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS to Westside Shambhala Center in Mar Vista:
3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 | View Google Map
The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “STOCK Building Supply”. Also, on Sunday’s a Farmer’s Market cuts off access to Grand View from Venice Boulevard, so please come from the south via Washington Place.
Facilitators of Creativity Lab:
Darryl Burnham met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and has been practicing, studying, and teaching since then. He lives in Monrovia with his wife Laura (of eight years – still in their honeymoon). He is a Shambhala Art teacher, a meditation instructor, contemplative photographer, musician, poet, writer, and co-leader of the Healing Circle. Practicing life constantly expands his intimacy with his teacher, the sangha, and Laura in the company of their two aged cats, Louis and Cali.
Dave Cipriani is a highly accomplished guitarist, songwriter and composer originally from Maryland who performs on classical, electric, and (20-string) Indian slide guitar. Dave’s diverse background includes studies with jazz great Charlie Byrd, classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, sitar master Jai Kishor, and Indian Slide guitar pioneer Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. Dave completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in North Indian Music at California Institute of the Arts and is a Shambhala Art teacher. Cipriani is now based in Los Angeles and leads the group Mahadev as well as performing with various groups in the LA area.
Laura Landau is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, teaches Shambhala Art, is a meditation instructor and an assistant director for Shambhala Training.
Angela Lloyd, MFA is a Shambhala Art Teacher and an award winning recording artist, master storyteller and musician. A student of Laura Simms, she started meditating at Laura Simms’ Annual Storytelling Residency in 1987 and is a member of Shambhala. She has completed levels of Miksang, a contemplative practice of photography; and is an enthusiastic member of the Dorje Kasung. Her particular interest in the Shambhala Art teachings is how language arts (speech, silence and humor) are used to create a safe container for inter-related arts experiences for body, mind and speech. www.angelalloyd.com
Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a student of Sakyong Mipham and a Shambhala Art teacher. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and occasionally in other locations in the world.
Steven Saitzyk is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design and the International Director of Shambhala Art, a nonprofit arts education program designed to integrate meditation into the creative process. See: www.shambhalaart.org and www.stevensaitzyk.com. He is a painter, author, and has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than thirty-five years. His current book, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind,” was published in 2013.
Harish Rao received his BFA from Cal Polytechnic University Pomona in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art History. Upon graduation he embarked on a path of Creativity in the Videogames, film and Art industry having worked at 20th Century Fox, produced an award winning short film called The Trident, the first 4K Dalsa Origin short film made in the United States and a successful series of Art Exhibitions in India of his Surrealistic Realism drawing series. In 2011, Harish joined Shambhala and quickly immersed himself in the dharma path, and has become a Shambhala Art teacher, Shambhala Meditation Guide and co-launched the Shambhala Film Society. He is dedicated to contemplative practice, study and the merging of East and West of American dharma and Indian historical lineage in his art, path and practice. www.harvikllc.com
Franny Smith is curious. seems bossy, not really. Just NY mannerisms. Retired from teaching Theatre Arts and started studying meditation. Still works with “kids at risk”. Fell head over heels for Shambhala Art and the love affair continues. She says, “The teacher/student relationship is a partnership where we get to explore the inherent creativity we all possess.” Wants to grow up and be an old lady, totally turned on and tuned in. Yeah!
Amanda Tasse is a Shambhala Art Teacher and PhD Candidate in Media Arts + Practices at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She started meditating with the Zen community and is now a member of Shambhala. She is a former Fullbright student and has won a number of awards for her animated films, including a Student Academy Award and an HBO films award. Her PhD research focuses on emerging technology, mobile interactive animation, and experimental films which explore connections between wellness, feedback, visualization, contemplation, and science.
Alice Toohey is a performer from Maine with an MFA in acting from Brooklyn College. She gives meditation instruction and co-leads the Healing Circle at Shambhala LA. She is also the creator of Four Rooms, a long duration performance art piece in four installations. She lives in Glendale with Sean and their dog Finn. www.alicetoohey.com
Elaine Welinder has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for over twenty years. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2011 and is certified to give meditation instruction as a Shambhala Guide. Ms. Welinder is a Shambhala Art teacher for parts 1-3. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and two children, and is an active member of the Orange County Shambhala community.
Elayne Rail Since 1978, Elayne Rail has been a student of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and currently his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is a Shambhala Training Assistant Director, Shambhala Art teacher, and the Shambhala Meditation Center Kado (“Way of Flowers”) Coordinator. Elayne is especially interested in expanding the study and contemplative practice of Kado/Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) in the Shambhala community, as part of Shambhala culture and the Shambhala-Buddhist path. She also wishes to provide opportunities for the general public to learn about this contemplative art form.
Debra Dysart has been a student and practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism since she found Pema Chodron’s Wisdom of No Escape in a Barnes and Nobles in 1997. She also met her husband Malcolm in that same bookstore around the same time who told her about the Shambhala Center in Los Angeles. Debra is a Shambhala Art teacher and meditation instructor, has taught contemplative writing, and is a former Co-Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. She sings with the Verdi Chorus, a community-based opera choral group in Santa Monica.
Carolyn Sykes is a harpist, and has been performing in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 30+ years. She came to Los Angeles 19 years ago to study for her Masters Degree at the California Institute of the Arts. Since then she has established her private teaching and performing studio Pacific Harps, a boutique music booking agency Music For Events, and the Los Angeles harp dealership for Camac Harps. She moved to the US from Australia in 1987, but did not discover Shambhala until 1999 when she came to the center to listen to a week of Khandro Rinpoche’s teachings. Since then she has held roles in the mandala of the Los Angeles center that include: dekyong, membership director, community mandala director, and coordinated programs from levels to visiting teacher programs. She is delighted to be able to teach in the Shambhala Art mandala.
*This pays for our use of the center and occasional materials we will buy. Consider donating the higher amount to help pay for those who cannot donate.
What a work of art is all about is a sense of delight. Touch here, touch there, delight. It is an appreciation of things as they are and of what one is — which produces an enormous spark. Something happens — clicks — and the poet writes poems, the painter paints pictures, the musician composes music
– Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, The Teacup and the Skullcup