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True Perception

The Path of Dharma Art
True Perception

Author(s) : Chogyam Trungpa
Publishers Price : 16.99
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ISBN : 1590305884
EAN : 9781590305881
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 210
Size : 226 x 150mm
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Published : 2008
Category : Buddhist Art
Category 2 : Western Buddhist Practice
A new revised edition of Dharma Art. Here Trungpa uses the term "dharma art" to describe genuine art that springs from the awakened meditative state, characterized by directness, unselfconsiousness, and nonaggression. He shows that dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and to 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. At the same time, Trungpa stresses the need for artists to study their craft, develop skill, and absorb knowledge and insight passed down by tradition. Finally, he extends the principles of dharma art to everyday life, showing how any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open ourselves to the phenomenal world.

"The basic problem in artistic endeavour is the tendency to split the artist from the audience and then try to send a message from one to the other. When this happens art becomes exhibitionism. One person may get a tremendous flash of inspiration and rush to put it down on paper to impress or excite others, and a more deliberate artist may strategize each step of his work to produce certain effects on his viewers...but in meditative art, the artist embodies the viewer as well as the creator of the works." Chogyam Trungpa.

"Trungpa's notion of dharma art is an approach to art as meditation, an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in creative work. Lief's inspired selection and careful editing make this an essential book for those commited to the view that the artist should be a spiritual teacher." Publishers Weekly.
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