Shambhala Art - Awakening the Creative Process- Parts One and Two

with Alexander deVaron & Joann Herson

December 9th—December 10th (2017)

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  • $140.00 Program Price
  • $160.00 Patron price
Room: Main Shrine Room

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Shambhala Art - Awakening the Creative Process

Part One: Coming to Your Senses: - Saturday, December 9th with Alexander de Varon

Part Two: Seeing Things as They Are: - Sunday, December 10th with Joann Herson


Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. As a product, it is art that wakes us up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala, and Naropa Institute.

The 5-Part Program - As an arts education program, Shambhala Art’s mission is to encourage the exploration of how meditation and contemplation works with the creative and viewing processes.

Part One: Coming to Your Senses

The creative process has more to do with perception than talent.  The creative process requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression.  Meditation helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity.  We also learn through meditation that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

Part Two:  Seeing Things As They Are

Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are.  We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it.  What we create and perceive communicates through signs and symbols.  Signs communicate primarily information and the thought sense of things.  Symbols on the other hand are primarily about non-conceptual direct experience, the presence and the felt sense of things.  Seeing the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, as well as how they work together empowers our creative and viewing processes.



Shastri Alexander deVaron began meditating in 1980, and studying in Shambhala in 1982. He met Chögyam Trungpa in 1985, and was empowered as both a teacher and meditation instructor in 1986. From 1991 to 1996 he lived at Karmê Chöling retreat center, serving in the practice and study department. In addition to teaching in Shambhala, he teaches stress management programs for the Penn Program for Mindfulness, and is a Professor of Music at Temple University.


Joann Doneen Herson received meditation instruction in 1991 and  is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Her Eminience Mindrolling Khandro Rinpoche. She is long time member and former Director of the Philadelphia Center, a meditation instructor and Shambhala Art teacher.

Joann is a practicing visual artist in painting and sculpture and a graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She maintains a studio at her country home in NJ.


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