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Chogyam Trungpa
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1 Dec 2008
Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve. A work of dharma art brings out the goodness and dignity of the situation it reflects—dignity that comes from the artist’s interest in the details of life and sense of appreciation for experience. Trungpa shows how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life: any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world.

An expanded edition of Trungpa's Dharma Art (1996), this book includes a new introduction and essay.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305881
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars thanks! 11 April 2013
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thank you so much! I love it!trungpa rinpoche is the one! i am lucky to buy it from you. thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 9 Dec 2010
By John R. Mckanna - Published on
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This is a serious guide towards meshing creativity harmoniously with life. The concepts here are nothing like an occidental art class where you talk of composition and form, but the ideas here could potentially free the inner-creator to realize full potential.
I believe this book to offer something truly precious, advice worth cherishing.
(Not precious dainty but a real cosmic gift)

The earlier printing has nicer quality reproductions of the images...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Freshness of Dharma Art 29 July 2009
By Valerie Herres - Published on
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I was delighted to see a new edition of Dharma Art by crazy wisdom Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa. His brief life has shone a fresh and awake light in our world. This is an important addition to Trungpa's Shambhala vision and books. May all beings benefit from this vision as it dispells the darkness of confusion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone wanting to tap into their creative source 24 May 2014
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This is a book about ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche's teachings about dharma art, his teachings on applying Buddhist wisdom to the arts...the creative process in general. It can help one learn about both ends of the creative process, the creator end and the appreciating end. It does this by exploring the nature of perception. As my 5 stars indicate, I highly reccomend this book. well as going to a Shambhala center and taking a Shambhala art class to complement the book. ([...])
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for artists or the artist in everyone 7 April 2014
By N. H. Lake - Published on
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this book speaks to the experience of perceiving with eloquent yet accessible language. it touches on so many facets of the creative process in ways that I have not heard discussed in other books. full of heart and wisdom.
4.0 out of 5 stars The foundation of Contemplative - Miksang Photography 21 Nov 2013
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This is a slow read, much like some of Weston's day book writing. I am reminded of Weston and Minor White when I read this. This is a good read for any one interested in the founder - inspirational leader of the Contemplative photography movement aka Miksang
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