Haiku Celebration: Practicing the Way of Haiku
This course can serve as an introductory course and an occasion for seasoned haiku practitioners to deepen and enjoy this Way.
Sponsored by Shambhala- Online. For information and registration: shambhala.org/event/664116-haiku-celebration-introduction-to-the-way-of-haiku/
The course has four sessions – Dec 9th, 16th, Jan 6th, 13th. Est.
There are two cohort times:
1. 1pm-3pm Est
2. 5pm-7pm Est.
There is also a session through DralaImage
Fri, Dec 8th, 15th, Jan 5th, 12th; 6:30pm-8:30pm Est
Course Fee: $100CAN ( or whatever you can afford).
This course is a presentation of Classical Contemplative Haiku. Haiku is a short poetic form that expresses the occasioned “now moment” within the whole context of Nature. Haiku works through several seasonal categories such as plants and animals. For example, in Canada, daffodils and frogs for Spring.
Another category is “Celebrations” which gives emphasis to human culture. This course will focus on Winter celebrations such as the Solstice and Yule, Shambhala Children’s Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the New Year and so forth.
So you can bring your haiku practice into your personal celebrations. The course will also consider Chogyam Trungpa's teachings on "setting sun" and "Great Eastern Sun" cultures presented in Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.
No writing experience necessary. Instruction will be provided.
True Perception and Shambhala Meditation
“ When the warrior-students experience an environment where the dralas are present, where the possibilities of sanity are always there, they can appreciate the mountains, the clouds, the sky, sunshine, trees, flowers, brooks...intensely bright red and blue and brilliant white and orange. You see the brilliance of the universe. You develop a true perception of the universe” ~Chogyam Trungpa: Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior
The course is presented on two separate dates, Four sessions each.
Sat. Nov 4th; 12-2pm Est. For more information and registration go to the Toronto Shambhala Center website: www.toronto.shambhala.org/
Starting Tues. Nov. 7th, 6:30-8:30pm Est.
Course fee: $120 -$140 CAN (or what you can afford)
For more information: Current courses at www.dralaimage.com
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Chogyam Trungpa, the great Buddhist meditation master and Shambhala teacher was also an accomplished contemplative artist. His Dharma art teachings are gathered in a book: True Perception. As the above quote indicates “true perception” is also at the heart of the Shambhala teachngs.
This course integrates these True Perception dharma art teachings with the Shambhala way and meditation practice.
In particular it includes some contemplative photography explorations and two forms of Shambhala meditation: a Mind/Body/World synchronization which establishes the basis for true perception and a perception/awareness meditation which manifests true perception.
No photography or meditation experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. You need a digital camera (a phone camera will work).
The course will include teachings from True Perception, Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Great Eastern Sun and Heart of Photography. These texts will be provided.
Color: Introduction to Contemplative Photography (Closed)
“ But the point is to see properly. See colors: white, black, blue yellow, red, green, purple. Look. This is your world!”~Chogyam Trungpa; Sacred Path of the World
We ask: does visual experience and the visual world have forms or elements ? Is it made of anything? Yes it does have visual features. Everything we see involves color, light, surface, space and seeing something.
These visual forms become the first explorations of our pedagogy and path of visual contemplative training. It is something like learning the visual cords and scales although the images themselves can be very interesting and powerful.
Color is the first engagement. This engagement opens the way of contemplative photography. Besides this basic visual form it involves the pedagogy and skillful means of contemplative photography such as the practices of synchronization and “flash of perception”. It teaches how to make an equivalent contemplative image composition. And deeply: it introduces the distinction between an orientation to the “thing world” – a red fire engine – and the contemplative phenomenal or appearance world – fire engine red: the color red as the color red.
This course can be a good introduction the Looking and Seeing course which teaches all the visual forms. Also, it is a direct introduction to the Color Plus/Plus course which explores color manifestations as Found Modern Art.
No previous photographic experience necessary but you need a digital camera (a phone camera works)
Moon and Sun: A Short Introduction to Contemplative Haiku (Closed)
“The moon and sun are travelers through Eternity…Even the days wander and each day is a journey and the journey itself is home”-Basho
This course introduces the classic form of Contemplative haiku which situates an occasioned “now” within the vast cosmos of Nature.
The course includes a consideration of the sublime aesthetics of the Japanese contemplatives- such as sabi, wabi, and yugen. Further we consider the Shambhala teachings of “authentic presence” and “ordinary magic” as energetic ways that inform contemplative practice.
This Zoom course proceeds through teaching, haiku assignments and reviews. Each participant will have weekly personal feedback through e-mail and will share their haiku in the Zoom sessions.
For those interested, this course opens participation in the ongoing “ Moon and Sun” community of haiku practitioners and more advanced Haiku studies.
No writing experience necessary.
Contemplative Photography and Liberation: The outer and inner teachings (Closed)
“ If you are able to relax – relax to a cloud by looking at it, relax to a drop of rain and experience its genuiness – you can see the unconditionally of reality…you experience a vast realm of perceptions unfolding…the realm of perception is limitless, so limitless that perception itself is primordial…there are endless fields of perception.”
The course proceeds through teachings, assignments and assignment reviews. No photographic experience necessary but one needs a digital camera. (a phone camera is workable)
Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior
This course will take you on a deep dive into the world of contemplative photography and is open to everyone. No previous photographic experience necessary.
A basic introduction to the practice of contemplative photography will be explored – as well as the liberation aspects of this practice. The direct perception experiences resonate with more primordial depths of insight. So it is both a contemplative art and dharma practice. We will consider how the liberation features of contemplative art resonate with the liberation features of Shambhala, the Buddhadharma and Daoism.
The “clear seeing” you will experience as part of this course opens up many realms of perception that we typically do not engage in our daily life. We will explore some fields of perception such as impressionism, flowers and weeds, and ordinary world magic.
We will contemplate some Chogyam Trungpa texts from the books True Perception and Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior. (if you do not have these books excerpts will be provided)
For more discussion of the contemplative way of liberation consult the blog post on this website: “ Contemplative art and liberation: how it works ”
Orderly Chaos and Found Modern Art (Closed)
“Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news”-Chogyam Trungpa
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. (www.absoluteeye.org) This course includes studies of Modern American Art with particular reference to the work of Robert Rauschenberg.
Course includes teachings, assignments and image reviews.
There is no prerequisite for this course.
" Following this course, in the Summer, we will offer a related
AbsoluteEye Found Modern Art course: Assemblage Artists. It will
contemplate the works of artists Robert Rauchenberg and Tom Wesslmann;
the works of photographers Edward Weston and Lee Frielander, the
Assemblage theories of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the
Tantric teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche."
Moon and Sun Haiku Gathering (Closed)
This is an ongoing feature of the Moon and Sun haiku manifestation. Every month, we will gather around to share some of our haiku. This is only available to those who have taken a Moon and Sun haiku course. The haiku will be in the classic contemplative haiku form.
The process will be similar to the course format. Participants can send me up to five haiku via e-mail. I will respond and select some that we can read and contemplate together. There may be a haiku lesson. It will be scheduled for a two-hour session, but the actual session may be shorter.
Contemplative Photography: A short introduction (Closed)
“When eye and mind are synchronized, you see more clearly, and your images are simple, strong and vivid”
This course introduces the basic approach of Miksang contemplative photography. It includes teachings, assignments and image reviews. An introductory course is a prerequisite for more advanced courses offered this year. (For information on these courses, go to www.dralaimage.com.) No photography experience necessary, but you will need a digital camera. (Point-and-shoot or phone camera are acceptable.) For more information: www.miksang.org and www.dralaimage.com.
LOOKING AND SEEING: Introduction to Contemplative Photography (Closed)
“When Eye, Mind and World are in the same place at the same time, one sees clearly, and the images are simple and vivid.”
Teacher: John McQuade
For more information and registration go to the Toronto Shambhala Center Website: toronto.shambhala.org