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Contemporary Buddhism in Photography
From Friday 15 November 2019 -  05:00pm
To Sunday 17 November 2019 - 06:00pm

November 15 -17
Contemporary Buddhism in Photography

Contemporary Buddhism in PhotographyLead by © Dr Izabella Jaroszewska, Ph.D in Photography and Cinematography
Visiting Professor of Photography and Art Perception at Naropa University, Boulder,
Colorado, USA


The connection between Buddhism and photography might not be obvious at first glance, but Buddhists have studied the mind and heart and applied their understanding and practices to the challenges of life for more than twenty-five hundred years. Buddhism also has rich traditions of expressing wisdom and realisation through the arts. Finally, and perhaps most important, photography and Buddhism share essential interests: both are concerned with clear seeing.

Buddhism is concerned with pure perception because this is the ultimate antidote for confusion and ignorance. This is also primary concern for the art of photography because clear seeing is the source of vivid, fresh images.

The basic obstacle to clear pure perception is omnipresent anxiety, which does not allow us to relate to ourselves or to the world outside ourselves.

pic 1Fundamentally, art is the expression of unconditional beauty, which transcends the ordinary beauty of good and bad.
From that unconditional beauty, which is peaceful and cool, arises the possibility of relaxing, and thereby perceiving the phenomenal world and one’s own senses properly.
When sense objects and sense perceptions and sense organs meet, and they begin to be synchronised, you let yourself go a little further. You open yourself. It is like a camera aperture: your lens is open at that point. Then you see things, and they reflect into your state of mind. That seems to be the basic idea of how a perceiver looks at a work of art. From our practice of meditation, we no longer regard a work of art as confirmation. It is simply expression. We could safely say that there is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other. It manifests out of nowhere. There are three types of perception: the sense of experience, the sense of emptiness, and the sense of luminosity. With those three levels of perception we train our awareness elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred.


17.00- 20.00 Presentation of Dr Izabella Jaroszewska' art works. Introduction to the workshop.

10.00-10.15 – short meditation
10.15– 13;00 Lecture Contemporary Buddhism in Photography Break for lunch
15.30-18.00 Practice

10.00-10.15 – short meditation
10.00– 13;00 Lecture Contemporary Buddhism in Photography
15.30-18.00 Discussion. Participants are presenting their own photos made during workshop.

Price 160 Euro *

* Discount 130 Euro for members of Dzogchen Community

Package ( 20 % of discount if student is doing other workshop in Dzamling Gar in November and December 2019)

Technical requirement

Photo camera or mobile phone with camera.
Please notice that student have to know to manage your own camera or mobile phone, we will not have time during this workshop to explain technical aspects of photography.

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