Coming to Our Senses: Shambhala Art Part I (Eagle Rock)

with Debra Dysart & Carolyn Sykes

May 11th

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    Price:
  • $80 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

Genuine art tells the truth.   ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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 takes five of the topics from a body of teachings presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and offers them as areas of exploration and focus. It is a study program of Trungpa Rinpoche's root teachings on these topics which includes perception and art-making exercises that bring our understanding into direct experience.

This program is available to all with or without “art” experience. However, participants may not skip any part and continue on to the next part. A list of recommended readings will be supplied on registration. 

Part One: Coming to Our Senses

Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. Through a series of exercises, Part One explores the process of perception, highlighting both clarity and obscurations.

Debra Dysart has been interested in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings ever since she discovered Pema Chödrön’s book '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 and was a former Center Co-Director of Shambhala Los Angeles, currently serving as acting Director of Practice and Education. She sings with the Verdi Chorus and serves on its board of directors.

Carolyn Sykes is a harpist, and has been performing in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 30 years. She moved to the United States from Australia in 1987, and discovered Shambhala in 1999 when she visited the Shambhala center in Los Angeles to listen to a week of Khandro Rinpoche’s teachings.  Since then, she has become a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s, studying and practicing on the Scorpion Seal path.  Carolyn has held a number of roles in the Los Angeles center and is a qualified and experienced Shambhala Art teacher.

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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