Creativity Lab: exploring creative processes that arise from meditative space (Westside)

True Perception The Path of Dharma Art

“True Perception, The Path of Dharma Art”
by Chögyam Trungpa
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve. A work of dharma art brings out the goodness and dignity of the situation it reflects—dignity that comes from the artist’s interest in the details of life and sense of appreciation for experience. Trungpa shows how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life: any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world.

First Thought, Poetry, Meditation, Movement, Brush, Square One, Collage, Object Arranging, Painting, Contemplation, Music, Photography, Discussion, Collaboration ….

Second Saturday of the Month at Westside Shambhala

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.

Recommended Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa

Bring: a notebook or sketchbook and pen or pencil

Door opens: 10:30 a.m. for tea

Lab starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

No art experience is ever necessary at Creativity Lab.

Suggested Donation: $5 – 10 *

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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.

Westside Shambhala Meditation Center in Mar Vista Venice LA



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.

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 Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and is currently co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma (and her future husband) 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, this past summer, at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea.

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: and  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.

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.

Ladan Yalzadeh is an award winning writer, director and performer, an American Film Institute directing Alumna as well as an acting alumna of Cornish College of the Arts. She is a meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition and is a trained Shambhala Art teacher. She is also the co-founder of Authentic Presence. Authentic Action, a series of workshop based in mindful creativity.

*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