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CREATING DHARMA ART with Jack Niland & Andrew Forbes
Creating Your Self, Creating Your World
The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle BuzzerNew York, NY 10012
Wed, 5/16/2012, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Most people think of Dharma Art as “Buddhist” art, using symbols and deities to make paintings or sculptures. Dharma art, a complete path of spiritual discipline, does not have much to do with “Buddhism” at all, but actually about creating an enlightened world the way we would like live in it.
We will be exploring the view of Dharma Art as it relates to the view and practice of Dzogchen, the essential heart of Vajrayana in action, everyday life as art, and exploring the many dimensions of what it means to be a Dharma artist. The event will have teachings, workshops, participatory activities, performances, and feast, as a way to transmit the essence of these profound teachings, originally explicated by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970’s. From zero to the speed of light in one night, come prepared for an all out festival of creativity and ordinary magic.
For more about Dharma Art, you can read an evocative intro written by Jack Niland for the Shambhala Times.
About the Teachers
Jack Niland is Artist to the Kalapa Court of The Kingdom of Shambhala. He went to Cooper Union, then the Summer of Love followed by the Summer of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. He started with painting the door at what is now known as Karme Chöling in Vermont, and making the Shambhala banners. He was a founding teacher at Naropa Universiry and has created countless objects and celebrations for the Kingdom and has taught endless Dharma Art events.
Andrew Forbes is a seasoned practitioner raised in the Shambhala and Indo-Tibetan buddhist traditions. A musician by profession, he has recorded two records and is working in New York City as a session player and street artist. Andrew graduated from Naropa University in 2011 with a degree in religious studies, and teaches at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York.
Illustration by Jack Niland.
Wednesday Night Open Talks are a great introduction to Buddhist teachings and an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting. Drop by and discover how the principles of meditation can be applied to everyday life while uniting with other practitioners in a receptive and welcoming environment.
Every Wednesday 7:30 - 9:00pm (!! Note, 5/16 class will go until 9:30 to accommodate feast)
No Previous Meditation Experience Required.
$10 -$20 Suggested Donation
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)
Pre-register to the right
Cash, Check and Credit Card Payments also accepted at the door
May is Arts Month at IDP. Click here for a full list of Arts related Events, lectures & workshops.
Arts Month is co-sponsored by Pinned NYC: A new website for community-based Activism at the intersection of Art and Spirit.