Japan: Sat May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 10-11:30am
(US/Canada Fri May 15, 22, 29, & June 5
6-7:30pm PST/ 7-8:30pm MST/9-10:30pm EST)
Greetings! Please join me in an exploration of meditation using art as the medium. The course starts with the Mandala, a symbol of both expansion and containment, and continues with exercises that explore life forms, bridges, and more complex mandalas.
The text for the course will be “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in Japan in 1998 and 2003. The visual exercises in this profound and amazing book will be presented as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness.
From the text:
“The purpose of this exploration is not to produce a work of art but to “be” a work of art. Everything you do must be conducive to awakening, to unfolding. This should be the main idea behind your work here. Everything is unfolding you, but it’s good to be consciously involved in the unfoldment that is already taking place.”
The course is open to all, regardless of experience with meditation or art.
You will need some simple materials for the class
Materials, Zoom, and a Workspace
-Colors: a watercolor or gouache set OR colored crayons or soft colored pencils. (pictured: Holbein gouache, Caran d’Ache water-soluble Neocolor crayons, available on Amazon)
-a sketchbook at least 11 x 14″ (280 x 350 cm) or F4 size, thicker paper is best (above size is 16 x 20″ watercolor paper)
-a compass, ruler, pencil, and eraser
-several brushes for painting, water container, tissues
-protractor, to measure angles (if you have one) if not, that’s ok
-a place to work (desk) that is accessible from your computer. We will do the exercise during the class, and share what we have done.
-You will need a computer, with a free Zoom account, which is easy to set up online.
( You do not need the text, to take the course )
Rather than a set fee for the course, I invite you to give an amount that feels right to you. This is Dana, a Buddhist term which means generosity, or “donation from the heart”. In the same way, portion of the proceeds will be given to Clear Sky Meditation and Study Center where I study.
Questions? Please feel free to email me.