Shambhala Art - Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are

with Alexander deVaron

February 18th (2018)

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  • $80.00 Program Price
  • $100.00 Patron price
Room: Main Shrine Room


Shambhala Art - Awakening the Creative Process

Part Two: Seeing Things as They Are: Sunday, February 18th with Alexander Devaron

(Note that Part One will be offered on Saturday, February 17th. Participants who register for Parts One and Two will be eligible for a discounted price of $140 total for both programs. Please contact [email protected] for details.



If you have already taken parts 1 and 2 you are warmly encouraged to take again at half price. There will be new exercises and information.

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 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.

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.

Generosity Policy: Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our cost to offer the program Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to pay-what-you-can due to financial hardship. Thank you!

 For questions or more information please contact Barbara at: [email protected]

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