Coming to Your Senses: Shambhala Art Part One (Orange County)

with Elaine Welinder & Debra Dysart

February 2nd

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  • $80 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
Room: ORANGE COUNTY SHAMBHALA @ 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, 92626

This program is available to you whether or not you consider yourself an artist or a meditator. The Shambhala Art teachings celebrate art that springs from the meditative mind.  They remind us to appreciate the uniqueness of everyday sensory experience, the art of everyday life.  Seeing the simplicity and brilliance of “things as they are” provides the ground for genuine creativity which is the expression of non-aggression. 

The Shambhala Art Program is based on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche which focus on perception and uses art-making exercises to bring our understanding into direct experience. Through a series of exercises, Part One, Coming to Your Senses, explores the process of perception highlighting both clarity and obscurations. Clear perception is the basis of genuine art.

Come if you are curious about creating from genuine presence. This is not an “art” workshop, it is an exploration of the senses an​d a deepening of our understanding about what creative process is really about. Come if you are longing to engage creative process and learn more about who you are as a creative person.

Supplies are provided but bring a notebook or sketchbook and writing utensil. Coffee, tea will be available in the morning as well as an afternoon tea break with a hearty snack. BYO lunch. There are also places to buy lunch within close distance of the Center. 

Registration is required to attend this program as space is limited.

Suggested Reading (optional): True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa

About the teachers: 

Elaine Welinder has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for over 35 years and is currently a full-time student at CSULB's School of Art. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2011 and is a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor and Shambhala Art teacher for parts 1-3. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and is an active member of the Orange County Shambhala community. 

Debra Dysart has been studying and practicing in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition ever since she discovered Pema Chödrön’s Wisdom of No Escape in a Barnes and Nobles in 1997. (She met her husband Malcolm in that same bookstore.) Debra is a Shambhala Art teacher, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor, and serves as Acting Director of Education for the Los Angeles Eagle Rock location.  She was a former Center Co-Director of Shambhala Los Angeles. Debra sings with the Verdi Chorus and serves on its board of directors.

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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