Note: this course will likely take place Fall 2020. If you are interested in receiving an update about it please use the “contact” page to let me know.
I’m planning a five-week workshop style online group (zoom) as a way to connect people and ideas around the intersection of creativity and deep meditation practice. The first five meetings will run with a series of teaching topics, and then if there is interest we might spin a regular drop-in group off of it.
This exploration will likely be of interest to artists or people with a meaningful personal creative practice (tho not necessarily professionally – just very meaningful to them) along with a interest in liberation-oriented meditation practice. It might also be of interest to buddhist practitioners who are seeking to explore or broaden what is possible to include in one’s spiritual path (creative energy, different possible relationships to desire, and poetic/mystical dimensions of practice). I hope its a way for people “coloring outside the lines” of traditional buddhist/mediative practice to connect and support each other’s paths.
This material explored will be strongly influenced by Rob Burbea’s teachings on emptiness and ways-of-looking, relating to images within practice, and broadening one’s conception of the meditative path. I have studied and trained with Rob for the past five years and found his approaches to be invaluable in forging new doorways into practice that weave together the artist and meditator’s perspectives in ways that empower each. This will not be a course on Soulmaking Dharma (a practice paradigm developed by Rob and Catherine McGee).
The sessions will include time for sharing and reports, exploring specific meditative practices, and teaching and discussion around particular themes. Some themes likely to be included:
- What gets in the way (Creative blocks + limiting ideas of the self)
- Clinging vs. Passion (Integrating the pursuit of freedom with an abiding desire to create and engage)
- The Artist as Mystic (Common ground between Buddhist / contemplative meditative approaches and art practice).
- Relating to images in meditation, our work, and our lives
- Emptiness for Artists (How can art practice inform the deepening of freedom).
I like to teach in a way that is flexible and accommodates the needs and fascinations of participants, so the topics may be a bit flexible once we get going. This course will be offered on a dana basis, and it’s possible to drop-in for some sessions vs. do the whole course. I will, however, plan an arc to the teaching – I am hoping connections and exploration can happen within a shared common context.
If you are interested please send me a note via the contact page and include what times you are available / your timezone etc.