Dzogchen Contemplative Arts Program
“Genuine inspiration is not particularly dramatic. It’s very ordinary. It comes from settling down in your environment and accepting situations as natural. Out of that you begin to realize that you can dance with them. So inspiration comes from acceptance rather than from having a sudden flash of good gimmick coming up in your mind. Natural inspiration is simply having something somewhere that you can relate with, so it has a sense of stableness and solidity. Inspiration has two parts: openness and clear vision, or in Sanskrit, shunyata and prajna. Both are based on the notion of original mind, traditionally known as Buddha mind, which is blank, nonterritorial, noncompetitive, and open.”
- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Dharma Art essentially uses art forms as the method for recognizing natural awareness or ordinary experience. In this respect, the approach taken to art is quite different from the general view of artistic endeavor assumed in the west. Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent both were remarkable Dharma artists. The main forms that they engaged were the Doha or spontaneous poetry of realization, brush calligraphy and environmental art and flower arranging. At Dzogchen Meditation Center we use two fundamental contemplative art forms that were propagated throughout Trungpa Rinpoche's sangha-- Kyudo, contemplative Japanese Archery, and Shado-- Brush calligraphy.We hold a Kyudo Retreat every spring in which we explore these forms. Kyudo and shado training are a regular part of the Dzogchen Seminary in the fall and winter.