Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind - a talk and book signing (Westside)

with Steve Saitzyk

June 28th (2014)

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    Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

    In his latest book, “Place Your Thoughts Here”, Steven describes how meditation enhances creativity and artistic process. With this fresh perception, we can see and experience our world and the art that captures it in ways that touch us profoundly.  The foreword is by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

    The author began studying meditation and Dharma Art with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. Steven is the international director of Shambhala Art, a nonprofit arts education program, and has been an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for more than 20 years.

    "Place Your Thoughts Here is truly unique in the way it guides the reader to a landing zone: a place to begin our creative journey.  It inspires us to discover the source of unselfconscious spontaneity and the nature of beauty.  Any artist, or anyone with aspirations of being one, must read this book!" —Stanley Weiser, screenwriter for Wall Street, W, and Freedom Song

    "I am a huge fan of this book.  Steve Saitzyk has done a masterful job of synthesizing East and West into an accessible guide for seeing deeply into the world around us, as well as into the human heart.  Groundbreaking and original; a must-read for anyone in the creative arts, and those who aspire to be." —April Smith, TV writer/producer, author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey thrillers

    "Steven Saitzyk’s Place Your Thought Here has put words to my experience of creating art.  It’s is a must read for all artists who wish to be guided in creating from a place of nonego." —Salomon Huerta, artist

    "Through the lens of Buddhism, Steven Saitzyk taps into the human need to create. This is a handbook for clearing one’s mind so the creative process can blossom. Place Your Thoughts Here is a valuable resource for artists and CEOs alike because, after all, creativity is at the core of all human endeavors." —John Millei, visual artist

    "When I'm standing before a live audience and about to improvise a solo, how do I avoid becoming a deer in the headlights?  By simply being myself, in the moment, smiling at the possibilities and taking the leap! That's what Place Your Thoughts Here reaffirms.  Steven Saitzyk uses examples of the common perceptions about artists, art making, and experiencing art to assist in a deeper understanding of where our meditation practice might take us or what it might open our hearts and minds to." —Michael Doucet, musician, composer, United States Artists Award recipient

    “With insight and compassion, Steve Saitzyk takes us gently yet firmly by the hand and introduces us to the workings of our own mind. This is a wonderful book for anyone looking to grow and deepen as an artist … or just, as a person!” —Winnie Holzman, writer of the TV drama My So-Called Life, cowriter of the musical Wicked

    The Westside Shambhala Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview, next to the Neighborhood Youth Association.  Parking is accessible by the driveway along the side of the building with additional parking available on the street and at the school lot next door.



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