Shambhala Art Part One & Two
with Tom Semmes
The Shambhala Art teachings are a path of learning to see clearly so we can express ourselves genuinely. Through a series of talks, discussions, and in-depth exercises, this course enriches our understanding of meditation practice and can focus our efforts in any creative field.
The Shambhala Art classes are relevant to both artists and non-artists alike. No special talents or prerequisites are necessary except an open mind and an interest in meditation and/or art.
Saturday, June 22 - Part One explores the process of perception, highlighting both its clarity and obscurations. We learn to rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.
Sunday, June 23 - Part Two looks at the difference between seeing things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are. We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it. How these two ways of ‘knowing’ work together can empower or obstruct our creative and viewing processes.
Tom Semmes is a web designer and artist, having studying Painting at Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1987 inspired, in part, by the message that creative expression plays an essential role in waking us up to our innate basic goodness. He has been sharing this message as a Shambhala Art teacher since 2001. Tom lives in Frederick, MD.
Tiered Pricing and Generosity Policy
Patron Level—approximately 25% higher than the Sustaining Level
Help us expand our offerings to the world at large. Your generosity allows us to offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.
Sustaining Level—normal price that keeps us running
Supporting Level—approximately 65% of the Sustaining Level
Appropriate for students or others experiencing financial hardship.
Generosity Policy—always available if the Supporting Level is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the following pricing tiers please contact us to discuss an offering that you feel you can afford: [email protected]
Patron Level: $190.00
Sustaining Level: $150.00
Supporting Level: $100.00
Friday evening only: $20.00 - Please email [email protected]
Part I only (Friday & Saturday): $75.00 - Select "Special Price" and let us know PT 1
Part II only (Sunday): $75.00 - Select "Special Price" and let us know PT 2*
*Previous completion of Part I required
***$10.00-20.00 Suggested Donation for lunch on Saturday