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True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art
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 withou ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Shambhala
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The issue that I find with a lot of Buddhist thinkers is that they are not actually very good writers. To be fair, this could easily be an issue with the translator. Regardless, Eastern thought to a Westerner does not come with immediate comprehension. If the ideas are not communicated clearly, articulately, succinctly it's difficult to pull those tangential threads down from the sky and piece them together in a meaningful way. I think another issue was that these were largely taken from lecture ...more
I really liked this book and got quite a lot out of it albeit on a somewhat subconscious level. I have a feeling a lot of what the author said went over my head. Because of this, I'm most likely going to have to reread it a few times later on down the road and see if more of it makes sense in a way I can articulate. I find it curious that most everybody else has given this book five stars, yet no one has been willing (or able?) to explain why. Maybe they're in the same boat I am.
I've had to learn my lesson once again: 1 dharma book is great, reading 2 in a row is ok, but 3 will turn the third book to mush in my brain. While there were some interesting discussions in here about how meditation can aid the creative process, and how to live art as a lifestyle instead of a hobby, I don't agree with Trungpa's sense of aesthetics at all.
Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཆོས་ རྒྱམ་ དྲུང་པ་ Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa; also known as Dorje Dradul of Mukpo, Surmang Trungpa, after his monastery, or Chökyi Gyatso, of which Chögyam is an abbreviation) was a Buddhist meditation master, scholar, teacher, poet, and artist. He was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus of the Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was al ...more