Contemplative Creativity Lab: Chance Operations (Eagle Rock)

with Carolyn Sykes

September 14th

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  • $15.00 Program Price
  • $20.00 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Tenno Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

“I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing.”

― John Cage

The 20th century composer John Cage was an artist and musician who became fascinated with the process and results of using chance to create his works of art and music. He used the I-ching extensively and also just the simple method of drawing out of a hat. In Buddhism we talk about "auspicious coincidence". If one can relax ego and open to the surprise of chance, wonderful and amazing things can arise! We will be playing with this idea using sound, words, movement, ideas, and creating some fun collaborative "events" using chance operations.

Cage described music as "a purposeless play" which is "an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living".

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 is Director of Culture and Decorum at Shambhala Los Angeles and is a qualified and experienced Shambhala Art teacher.

No art or meditation experience is required. All are welcome; Please note the location.

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