Current Courses


Orderly Chaos and Found Modern Art

“Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news”-Chogyam Trungpa

1.      Miriam Hall and John McQuade

Zoom: 12-2 pm Eastern time

Sun. Oct. 17 and 31; Nov.7 and 28; Dec 5


Fee: sliding scale $150-$225

2.      John McQuade

Zoom: 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern time

Mon. Oct. 18; Nov. 1, 8, and 29; Dec. 6


Fee: sliding scale $150-$225

This course is the third level in the Nalanda Miksang pedagogy which is based on Chogyam Trungpa’s dharma art teachings of the three levels of perception.

This course lets go of all reference points and enters the free play and energy of perception. The resulting images are often abstract and are found in modern art.  ( This course includes studies of Modern American Art with particular reference to the work of Robert Rauschenberg.

Course includes teachings, assignments and image reviews. A pre-requisite is that you had taken an introductory Looking and Seeing course.


LOOKING AND SEEING: Introduction to Contemplative Photography

“When Eye, Mind and World are in the same place at the same time, one sees clearly, and the images are simple and vivid.”

Online Zoom: four evening sessions: Sept 9- Sept 23 and Oct 7

Course includes teachings, assignments and image reviews

Fee: $95

Teacher: John McQuade

For more information and registration go to the Toronto Shambhala Center website:


Andy Warhol and Found Pop Art

"Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”-Andy Warhol

Zoom online: Two separate cohort courses

Fridays Oct 15th/22th & Nov 5th/12th: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Eastern time

Saturdays Nov 6th-Nov 27th: 3-5 pm Eastern time

Fee: Sliding scale $ 135- $150 (Can funds)

This course is occasioned by the Andy Warhol exhibit at the A.G.O. (Toronto) this Autumn. Inspired by Warhol’s creative interventions, this course will engage Found Pop Art. You will see what he saw and do what he did through the medium of photography. This course will complete the cycle of his work: Pop culture to Pop Art to found Pop Art/Culture.

The course will include teachings on Warhol’s work, pop art assignment teachings and image reviews. You need a digital camera (a good smart phone is acceptable)

Registration and further information:


Ways of Seeing and the Way of Nature:
Contemplative Photography, Haiku and Deep Ecology

Tue & Thurs Oct 12/21 – Nov 18/21
Course Fee: $149 CAN

This program engages the contemplative arts of photography and haiku in a deep and detailed exploration of Nature. Haiku is an accessible short poetic form that includes a reference to Nature.

Both arts are experienced-based – working with direct perception and direct expression. We will explore manifestations of Nature such as flowers weeds, trees, landscape, animals, weather, the elements and so forth. The course includes presentations on Eastern Aesthetics drawn from the Zen and Daoist traditions. Also, we consider both the Western and Eastern teachings on Deep Ecology which articulate our place in the functioning of Nature and the Cosmos.

No poetic or photographic experience necessary but you need some version of a digital camera.

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Heaven and Earth: Contemplative Landscape Photography

Begins Sundays 3-5pm Est
Sept 19th,
Oct 10th, 17th, 31st
Nov 14th
Course fee: sliding scale $120 -$150 CAN

This course explores Landscape from an Eastern Art contemplation rather than the traditional Western Scenic perspective. This contemplative landscape photography gives emphasis to forms, space and stillness rather than the conventional landscape photography formats of dramatic effect. The course will include resource teachings from contemplative aesthetics, Daoism and Chinese landscape painting.

You will need a digital camera with a “long lens” (180 or more)

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Autumn Contemplative Haiku: The Way of the transitory

 This is a Zoom course. It is offered in two separate sessions:

Five Wednesday evenings; 6:30-8:30 Eastern Time. Oct. 13, 20. Nov.3, 10, 17

Five Sunday afternoons; 3:00 -5:00 Eastern Time. Oct 24. Nov. 7,12,19,26

Fee: New participants: sliding scale: $130 -$175 (Canadian)

Returning participants: $90 - $150 (Canadian)

   Contemplative Haiku is a short poetic practice that always includes a reference to the Seasons. Haiku is both one of the simplest and one of the most profound of the contemplative disciplines. It is a practice of ordinary everyday deep appreciation of one’s life.

   Although haiku is practiced in all Seasons, I have always felt that it resonates more with the mood or sensibility of Autumn. Autumn manifests the impermanent, the transience and the ephemeral which resonates with Japanese contemplative aesthetics: “sabi” (loneliness), “wabi” (bare simplicity), “yugen” (mystery/poignancy).

   This course presents the practice contemplative haiku in the context of Japanese aesthetics. Also, it considers the source of contemplative art and aesthetics: the Ancient Chinese arts that present a deep spiritual ecology.

   The course includes teachings, assignments, weekly e-mail individual personal feedback, and collective contemplation of the haikus. No writing experience necessary.