Prerequisites: Shambhala Art Parts I and II.
Shambhala Art Part IIIa: The Creative Process
There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other. It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers.
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The creative process can be a form of meditation-in-action when it begins with coming to our senses and arriving at “square one.” We do this naturally when we unconditionally face a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden and allow inspiration to naturally arise out of that space. If that inspiration is met with mindfulness and awareness, it can be given shape and form and built into a result that has a life and energy of its own that others can percieve and experience. The creative process is only half of the equation; the balance is an awakened viewing process that provides the means to fully perceive what is being communicated.
About the Teachers
Steve Saitzyk is a student of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Kongma Sakyong II, Mipham Rinpoche; International Director of Shambhala Art; Adjunct Professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (one of the leading art colleges in North America); painter with numerous showings and collections; and a world- renowned expert on artist’s materials. He attended many of the Vidyadhara’s early lectures on dharma art, attended the Vidyadhara’s Buddhist Seminaries, and has practiced and taught meditation for more than forty years. Steve has also consulted and lectured on meditation, Dharma Art, Shambhala Art, Vajrayana Buddhism and its iconography, Tibetan art, symbolism, as well as on the materials used to create both Asian painting and art of the western world. Following the passing of the Vidyadhara and with the Sakyong’s support and guidance, Steve helped to establish Shambhala Art.
Steve is the author of ART HARDWARE: The Definitive Guide to Artists’ Materials, a book about the nature of materials for artist use. He also wrote Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind, a companion to the collected dharma art lectures of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche published as True Perception. Steve’s professional website is https://stevensaitzyk.com.
Anne Saitzyk is an artist, serves as Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and co-founded Contemplative Creativity Lab. She received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and is Assistant Director of the international Shambhala Art program. She has been teaching painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design Extension (ACX) since 1994 and occasionally teaches in other parts of the world.
When does the class meet?
The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 6 modules. A course outline will be available soon.
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