Shambhala Sunday Gathering—Discovering the Inconceivable

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2024 (15:00 -16:00)

Sunday Gatherings are LIVE every week at 3:00 p.m. ET

Donations are welcome!

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


(My paintings) should be smarter than me…They have to be something that I no longer understand entirely.

—Gerhard Richter


When our struggle to maintain our ego dissolves and our mind relaxes, much to our surprise, new worlds of perceptions that we never could have imagined are revealed to us.

This is the ground of creativity which is always available to us.

Chögyam Trungpa described artists as, “Explorers of the Richness of the Phenomenal World”

There are so many amazing things for us to discover, learn, and explore, infinite realms of perceptions and possibilities in all the dimensions of our life.

But we limit ourselves and see only a small part of what is possible to perceive, realise and express.

And, what do you do when there is no one to tell you what to do?

Herb Elsky will talk about how we can open, receive the gifts of our own insight, and dare to make our authentic gesture.

He will talk about the artistic process and his personal experience based on the teachings of Dharma Art and how we can use the Buddhist teachings of the “Four Karmas” as a path for developing and manifesting our personal creativity.

He will share personal instructions he received from Chögyam Trungpa, and show a short video of a performance of his sound installation/theatre.

About Herb

Herbert Elsky is an American artist who has  been living in France since 1995. He met Chögyam Trungpa in 1971 in Los Angeles and was a founding member of the Los Angeles Dharmadhatu, where he served as one of the early directors. From 1980 until 1984 he was the Director of Shambhala Training in Los Angeles. From 1987 until 1991 he was the head of practice at Karmê Chöling in Vermont. In 1995 at the request of the Sakyong he moved to France with his wife Catherine who is the architect who directed the renovations of the chateau which became Dechen Chöling. He was head of practice at Dechen Chöling for the first two years. He has taught Shambhala Training and Dharma Art/Shambhala Art programs in the U.S. and throughout Europe for more than forty years. During the last five years he has presented week long programs about preparing for death. In Los Angeles he regularly exhibited his transparent sculptures in resin. His sculptures are in many public and private collections. After moving to France, during the winter of 2004-2005 he created a sound installation/theatre in his barn named, Le Théâtre Las Balubas where he creates and performs sound compositions which he calls, “Voyages Sonores."