Shambhala Art Part 4 & 5

with Elaine Yuen

September 27th—September 29th

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  • $175 Regular
  • $200 Patron price
Room: Library or other space

[Note: This weekend's prerequisite is Shambhala Art Levels 1-3]

PART 4: The Power of Display

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.

— Paul Strand

As we explore things as they are in greater and greater depth, we find many shapes, sounds, tastes, colors, and so on with patterns that suggest connections to the seasons, emotions, truths, and wisdoms.  In Part Four we focus on one of the most universal systems, the five elements: earth, water, fire, air (wind), and space, and how they form a Gestalt, mandala, or interconnected dynamic display.  In discovering the nature of these elements, we also learn about ourselves and our unique means of expression and how in spite of all our differences there is some universality to our communication.

PART 5: Art in Everyday Life

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

— Pablo Picasso

Some feel that if an idea or inspiration is clear, or pure, then whatever is produced will automatically be the same.  However, the gap between inspiration and manifestation can be huge and filled with obstacles, negativity, and self-consciousness. The five elements not only describe our world and our experience, but four of them offer means, actions we can take, to work with these challenges: Pacifying (water), Enriching (earth), Magnetizing (fire), and Destroying (wind). These four actions are used in everyday life, as well as the creative process, as the vehicles for compassionate action and pure expression where obstacles become challenges and negativity is transformed into greater vision and truth.

Elaine Yuen, PhD is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she teaches courses on spirituality and ritual, Buddhism, and pastoral care. An experienced Shambhala Art teacher, she has taught national and international programs exploring the interfaces between Buddhism,meditation, creativity, and contemplative care-giving. Elaine continues her exploration of contemporary life through many activities as a teacher, parent, and artist.