Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Contemplative Arts Wall/ Arts+Sacred

Intl Contemplative Arts Festival: Arts+Sacred
International Network of the Arts

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By Zsolt Suto

Poems:  Spacious Grounding

Grounded, solid
            s – hift –ing
    No ground
         No self

     Who?              where?
       sinking into quicksand
Space surrounding
            Opening – unstuck
Groundless, floating,
      present in spacious ground.

 by Barbara Gill-Forney & Julie Rayda


by Rebekah Younger

Thursday, February 4, 2010

International Shambhala Arts Day Festival 2010

2010 Festival listing -

Amsterdam, Europe
 The Amsterdam Arts festival will take in the Shambhala Center in Amsterdam. Dates: 10&11 april 2010.
 Saturday the opening of the show and performing arts,
Sunday: debate "Does something like Dharma Art exist?" 
We are looking into possibilities to have 3x one evening per week for workshops as well, after the opening.

People that organise the festival: Barbara Wessels, Igor de Ruiter, Peter de Lange, Bea de Munnik and Suzan Oudshoorn
We did not appoint the main coordinator yet.
 We are working on the schedule, I'll let you know.
That's where we are in Amsterdam.

Warm regards, 
Suzan Oudshoorn

All are invited to celebrate the arts! 
Saturday april 10 2010, 15.00-18.00, main hall, free entrance 
Opening speech by Suzan Oudshoorn. Music and performances by Felicja Hartman, Igor de Ruiter, Petra Hünsche and others. 
Participating artists:
Cissy Kortman, Fennanda Eleveld, Sodis Vita, Carien Engelhard, Danielle Cornelissen, Marc Morrel, Pieter van der Heul, Joop Vuurmans, Dana Marshall, Annetta Willemse / Suzan Oudshoorn, Sylvia van den Ouwelant, Hèlen A.Vink, Riet Karsenbarg, Ingrid Jejina, Yvonne Pont  
Saturday april 10 2010, 15.00-18.00, main hall, free entrance 
Fine art-show until 23th of april, and is accesible during open hours of the Shambhala Center in Amsterdam. 
Sunday april 11 2010, 15.00-17.00, main hall, free entrance 
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught extensively on his intriguing vision on the way of the arts. His texts and training sometimes lead to intergration of the Shambhala and Buddhist practices in the life of artists.
You might think about  the principles of 'Heaven Earth and Man' and 'Open Space', or the wonderful Maitrí  teachings on the 5 different energies of the Buddhafamilies.
During the debate on Dharma Art together we'll research the way we relate to these teachings.  
Introduction by Barbara Wessel, resume Dharma Arts by Sarah Marijnissen, discussionleader Bart Landstra,  opinion-holding by Pamela Koevoets and Cissy Kortman, knowledge support by dharmateacher Jan van Bolhuis. and disruptive acts by Riet Karsenbarg and Ingrid Jejina. 
After the debate a reception will be offered.  
Thursday april 15 2010, 20.00-21.30 hrs, meeting room 
Miksang is a Tibetan word and may be translated as 'the good eye'. It's the name of a young tradition in the arts, based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings. It's about a the coincidence of perception, feeling and the camera. Chögyam Trungpa presented this  contemplative photography for the first time, his students continue to teach and develop this material  
Hèlen A.Vink, Miksang teacher and passionate practitioner, leads us through her work on this evening.
More information: 
Thursday april 22 2010, 20.00-21.30, main hall 
Haiku is a way of Japanse poetry, three lines with
5, 7 and 5 syllables. Een haiku lives in the here and now, and refers to
five Zen features: source, compact form,
voyage, unity and total transformation... and back to the source. 
Fons Elders is professor emeritus in Theories of Philosphy at the University for Humanistics in Utrecht, and many publications and projects are on his name. The haiku he will present in the Shambhala Festival of the Arts were written during his retreat in the Ryoanji Tempel in Koyasan, and during his trip in Japan. The haiku are published in the form of Happy Families: 
More information: 

Baltimore, USA
Part of our celebration will be mounting a short play on Sunday, March 14.
Cheers, Judy Bond

Boston, USA
 Thank you so much for sending this email! We would like very much to participate in the Shambhala Arts Day here in Boston. We are starting to think about it. 
We are going to have a Shambhala Arts Day Festival (click for more info) on the 20th. It is going to be a coffee-house style shambhala arts evening. We'll likely set up a few featured "performers", and possibly have a sign-up as well. Not sure yet if we'll do any Shambhala arts exercises, but it is going to be styled as a community evening event.


Warm wishes,
--Sarah Lipton
Center Coordinator
Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston

Brunswick, ME, USA
 We have a date on the calendar, March 27, but still need to meet to determine the nature of the event, time and details.  I'll keep you posted as plans are made.
 Here is what we have planned for the Shambhala Arts Festival in Maine.  We have quite a diverse range of media represented for an evening event on March 27.   Thank you for coordinating all the events worldwide.
Shambhala Arts Festival 
Showcases Contemplative Arts 
      BRUNSWICK, Me., March 27, 2010 —The Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Meditation Center will offer an evening of contemplative arts at the Shambhala Arts Festival on Saturday, March 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. at 19 Mason Street in Brunswick, Maine.
      The evening will showcase writing, dance, music, video and visual arts inspired by and/or created as a meditative practice.  Meditation instruction will be included in the program to encourage contemplative viewing of these offerings.  Intermission will include light refreshments designed to awaken the palate. 
      The program is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.  All are welcome, including children ages 8 and above. 
      The Shambhala Arts Festival is an annual international event celebrated at Shambhala Buddhist centers worldwide in March.  It is inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings on “art in everyday life” and highlights the importance of the arts in creating enlightened society.  For more information about the weekend, contact Rebekah Younger at or 443-8649. 
      Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche was a noted artist and poet who taught that the vivid beauty of artistic awareness need not be confined to artists alone.  The creative process can be an opportunity to wake up to the world as it is and express something fresh on the spot, whether it is a meal, a painting or one’s life. 
      He wrote: “Awareness practice is not just sitting meditation. It is a unique training practice in how to behave as an inspired human being. That is what is meant by being an artist." Trungpa Rinpoche was the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, a Western branch of Tibetan Buddhism for modern lay practitioners. 
      The Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Meditation Center is a nonprofit organization that serves a wide area from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, north to Farmington, Maine, and east to Camden. It is affiliated with Shambhala International, a worldwide nonprofit association of meditation centers led by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala International is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
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      BRUNSWICK: Shambhala Arts Festival, an evening of contemplative arts, including poetry, music, dance, video and visual art, Saturday, March 27, 6-9 pm, at the Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St. Open to the public.
Rebekah Younger

We had a wonderful turnout for our Festival, more than 50 people in the audience including children, ages 6 and up, and one guide dog! We scheduled an evening of presentations with a small art display for Saturday, March 27.  We asked the artists to prepare a statement about how their work related to meditation or contemplative mind and included these as part of the program.  The artistic offerings presented were quite varied.  There were poetry and essay readings, an improvisational jazz composition, an original contemporary Buddhist folk song and chant, photography, video, weaving, mixed media vessels, drawings, furniture and paintings.  Ikebana arrangements decorated the stage and the intermission included food as an art experience, both as a treat for the eyes and the palate.  Quite a feast as the pictures will show.  Altogether there were 16 individual artists, plus a committee of 4 dedicated souls who put it together.

The evening started with a brief introduction to the history of Shambhala Art and some of its basic principles.  This was followed by guided meditation instruction for the audience with 20 minutes of sitting practice.  The audience was encouraged to open to the senses and whenever thoughts would arise of like/dislike or commentary throughout the program to just come back to their experience of the moment.  The audience included both long time practitioners from the sangha and first time visitors to the center.  They came away from the evening feeling enriched by the offerings.  Many spoke to me later of being so energized afterwards that it was hard to sleep that night.  Definitely the dralas were present for it all.
Already folks are talking about making a contribution to next year's event.

“Art’s purpose is to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens.”  John Cage

Chicago, USA
We want to participate in this, this year (Chicago) !

Aarthi Tejuja

Chicago Shambhala Arts Day

The Chicago Shambhala Arts Day takes place on Sunday March 21st, Noon - 3:30pm
A Celebration of Dharma Art and Pot Luck Lunch
After Sunday sitting (9am-noon) and a potluck lunch from 12-1, join us for:
1:00 A talk entitled "What is Shambhala Art?"
1:30 A book reading and talk about Haiku by noted poet Patricia Donegan
2:00 A presentation of Ikebana Japanese flower arranging
2:30 A Presentation on Kyudo by Yasuo Ito & Vada Woods
3:00 A Talk and slideshow on Miksang contemplative photography
The Chicago Shambhala Center is also featuring

"True Perception: Mindfulness in Art" Gallery Exhibition, March 11-23 
During Center hours from March 11th through 23rd, come view a juried exhibition of mindful artwork. 

Julie Einstein

I want to put my energy in this festival in honor a nikolai roerich who give us the international symbol of peace. I am the coordinator of the "HUMAN FLAG OF PEACE" action art work, a big meditation with people doing the symbol of peace, three circles surrounded for another big circle. this activity was maded in mexico, canada, and chile three times. will be beautiful to do this action on shambhala festival. Also, I am a musician and i have a musical project for peace. Recently i went to denmark for to give a concert in a climate change summit was amazing...i played with Desmond Tutu, the nobel prize of peace.
Sat Nam

Danza Duende - MUDRIAM, Europe
Danza Duende and MUDRIAM asbl choose this topic : 
TO SLOW DOWN with meditation, exercises HORIZON OF SUGANO SENSEI, spontaneous poetries on paper in callygraphies and in movement (RALENTIR avec méditation, exercices HORIZON DE SUGANO SENSEI, poésies spontanées sur papier en calligraphies et en mouvement).
Danza Duende and MUDRIAM asbl wish to participate at the International Shambhala Arts Day Festival 2010 with contemplative session of art from 10h30 am to 1h00 pm, saturday the 20th.
 Currently, we'll organize session of meditation, pranayamas, movements and spontaneous caligraphy with Yumma Mudra (Myriam Szabo) at the place : Les Arts Divins in Brussel.
Warm regards,
Emeric Thuret

Dechen ChöLing, France
Herb Elsky

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Shambhala Arts Day, Saturday, March 20, 2010 
Celebrate the beginning of Spring by exploring art, the body and the mind!
Join us at the Fort Collins Shambhala Center on Shambhala Arts Day for the following events….. 
Nia class taught by Nia instructor Denise Kocol
1-2pm (Saturday, March 20)
All ages and abilities are welcome including children
$5-10 suggested donation (snacks included)
What is Nia? 
Nia is a path to condition, heal and express your self through movement and sensation. A dynamic blend of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts, Nia brings the body, mind, emotions and spirit to optimum health through music, movement and self-expression, guided by the sensation of Pleasure.
Nia is designed for any body. It is ageless and limitless, transformational and effective for every person everywhere, from athletes, dancers and fitness instructors, to children, special needs groups and the elderly. With the philosophy, Through Movement We Find Health, Nia addresses the whole person through music and movement integrated from nine traditional movement forms. 
More informantion
Discovering Elegance Video and discussion led by Jennie Kiessling
5-7pm (Saturday, March 20)
Cocktails at 5pm, video and discussion at 6pm
$5-10 suggested donation  
Join us for an evening presentation of Discovering Elegance, the well known documentary film that focuses on Trungpa Rinpoche and his students as they create a sculptural installation for the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1981. A discussion will follow that will highlight the very active role that Buddhist practice currently holds in the Contemporary Art world almost 30 years later. 
Ikebana events in Denver this weekend and in April in Fort Collins: 
This weekend the Sogetsu 23rd Spring Ikebana Show is being held from
March 19-21 at the Denver Home Show
National Western Complex in Denver, CO
For more information:   
April 3, 2010, 10am-1pm
Introductory Ikebana Workshop with Sharon Stuart
$45 (all materials and flowers included)
1619 Adriel Way, Fort Collins, CO
 clark erwin-billones

 Yes we want to do a banner project, our banners from 5 years ago need replacement, we made them ourselves last time with blocks that i cut.

AV-Installations. More to come !
Zsolt Suto 

London, Europe
I am looking into an event for the 1 - 2 May. May Day (1 May) is a traditional spring festival day in England (and a public holiday), so might go down nicely. More to come ! 
Claire Van Rhyn

Los Angeles – USA
 The 2010 Los Angeles Shambhala Art Festival (our 5th annual) will be June 19, 20th, Father's Day weekend. More details to come.

Anne Saitzyk

Montreal, Qc, Canada
to come

New York City, USA
Annual Special Event
Intl Contemplative Arts Conference
dates to come
Performance evening – fundraising for the festival special events

Workshops & demonstrations
Panel with all contemplative arts forms
Celebration and open discussions
 Videos and art exhibition all weekend

Production of Violaine Morinville 
with the NYC community - in collaboration with Jo Mauricio and Laura Simms

Phoenix, Arizona, USA 
MARCH 20 – 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 
This year our Shambhala center will celebrate the contemplative arts by putting a focus on the written word.  Following the thematic of "first thought, best thought" and "art that wakes one up" we will be reading poetry by the Sakyong and Trungpa Rinpoche as well as composing our own spontaneous writings in whatever form we as "authors" individually choose. 
The links below will introduce you to the Vidyadara's perspective on the arts and to some of his poems.   
The program will be on March 20th after meditation and tea, and will last for approximately one and half hour. 
.Group discussion on the meaning of contemplative arts in the Shambhala community.
.Poetry readings of the Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong.
.First thought/Best thought poetry exercises
.Dedication of Merit
There is no fee for this special program, but donations will be gratefully accepted as we are trying to include books/texts to our library on the contemplative arts. 
Please join in on this unique program and feel free to bring adult family and friends. 

Julie Rayda


Portland, Oregon, USA

Shambhala Arts Festival
March 19th - March 21st
Friday 7 - 9:30 pm | Saturday 11 am - 5 pm | Sunday 9 am - Noon
Offerings Include: Visual Arts, Interactive & Performance Theater, Poetry,
Music, Film, Ikebana and more.....

Artists Include: Caitlin Bargenquast, Deanne Belinoff, Ann Cason,
Larry Haun, Martin Heltai, Becky Jamieson, Anet Ris-Kelman, Corinne
Nakamura, Alison Pepper, Chris Rempel, Ann Sihler, Bri McGeehan, Willa
Schneberg, Jay Stewart, Wayne Williams

2010 Shambhala Art Festival Schedule
(subject to change)
Friday, March 19th (7:00 - 9:30 pm)
7:00 - 8:00 pm Visual Art Gallery Opening & Reception
8:00 - 8:30 pm Introduction to Dharma Art
8:30 - 8:45 pm Poetry Reading
8:45 - 9:00 pm Film: Short Films
9:00 - 9:15 pm Group Reading of VCTR play
Saturday, March 20th (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)
11:00 - 11:30 am Meditation
11:30 - 12:45 pm Workshop on Shakyo (sutra copying)
12:45 - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 2:45 pm Group Reading of VCTR play
2:45 - 3:00 pm Performance Art
3:00 - 3:30 pm Talk on Miksang
3:30 - 3:45 pm Musical Performance
3:45 - 4:00 pm Poetry Reading
4:00 - 4:15 pm Group Reading of VCTR play
4:15 - 5:00 pm Closing Reception
Sunday, March 21 (9:00 am - Noon)
9:00 am - Noon Nyinthun
10:00 am - Noon Shambhala Kids Club

Corinne Nakamura

San Antonio, Tx

Our festival is planned for March 5-7 and we are doing the art of Kyudo.  Sensei Shibata is coming to visit us for an entire week!  FANTASTIC!  Here is the publicity so far, and it is on our web site:
Friday, March 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Introduction to the Fourth Annual Shambhala Arts Festival
Public Talk with Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sensei on the Path of Kyudo
Saturday, March 6th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 7th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kyudo: Cultivating the Genuine Heart of Warriorship
with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei - Traditionally regarded as the highest form of samurai training, Japanese archery evolved over the centuries into a powerful path of cultivating meditative awareness and self-realization. Known as “standing Zen”, Kyudo, the way of the bow, polishes the heart so that our natural dignity and goodness can shine forth. In Kyudo, the target serves as a reflection of our quality of mind, rather than as a goal to be attained. Everyone is invited to attend: young and old, beginners and seasoned practitioners, individuals and families. Beginners receive instruction in the “seven coordinations.”

Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sensei, is a 20th-generation Kyudo master and 3rd-generation bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan. He is a master of the Chikurin-Ha, Heki School of Kyudo, which dates back to 15th-century Japan. Sensei was a close personal friend of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who first invited Sensei to the West in 1980 to teach the etiquette and dignity of ancient Japanese warriorship to Western students. Together they founded Ryuko Kyudojo in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, he has traveled and taught extensively in the West, establishing Kyudo practice halls throughout North America and Europe.

Todd Russel 

San Diego, USA
 This year our shambhala arts day will be celebrated with a mini film festival of sorts for the sangha...I was able to get permission to show three wonderful films Buddha's Lost Children, Dreaming Lhasa, and Unmistaken Child...the date has yet to be established but it will probably be sometime in April.

thank you,
Pasquale Verdicchio

Seattle, USA
Looks like we are going to have an into to Miksang and photography hanging. We are also working on getting a taiko drum group and a reading from Finnigans Wake from a local James Joyce scholar. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Chris Roberts

Vancouver, Canada 
Vancouver will be celebrating the artists and the arts in our community on Saturday evening March 20.
The visual art being displayed includes gilded paintings by Lucie Lambert, handmade paper by Barbara Sobon, silver jewellery by Walter Coates, miksang photographs by Rolf Erni, thangkas by Noedup Rongae, and a large ikebana installation by Betty Rongae.  In addition, a young sangha member, Ruby, will be presenting some musical pieces.  
 We will also be enjoying wine, cheese and socializing.  
Jillyan Gift

Victoria, BC, Canada
Hamish Tucker & Charles Blackhall