Photography and Wisdom

My current sources of inspiration on joy, clarity, clear seeing, photography, art and wisdom.

Here you find some of my sources of inspiration – on the process of creativity and art, on pure perception and pure expression, on meditation and meditation-in-action, on awakenness and passion and contemplative photography. On being AWAKE in the NOW, on Sacred Presence, on acting from the here and now, in the here and now, right now right here, and the inevitable flow of synchronicity.

Miksang Contemplative Photography – how it all started!


About the founder of the contemplative arts called Dharma Art.
Chögyam Trungpa: meditation master, leader, innovator, artist and inspirator.

  • The contemplative approach of photography, Miksang (meaning: Good Eye) is largely based on the Dharma Art teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche. Upon arriving in the West he quickly met students interested in buddhism, meditation and Shambhala, and also attracted students invult in te the arts. His affinity with the arts stems from his own education of becoming a well-trained tulku in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This education included arts disciplines such as calligraphy, dance, poetry, the arts of bow and arrow and thangka painting. The common aspect ns all these disciplines is arts as an expression of awakeness and elegance, and expressing one’s realization of Buddhist principles and meditation.

Chogyam Trungpa Ikebana

  • Na zijn vlucht uit Tibet 1959, via India naar Engeland in 1963 en naar Amerika in 1970, nam Chögyam Trungpa ook fotografieles. Op jonge leeftijd begon hij al met fotograferen, en het ondertussen steeds modernere medium fotografie had hij al snel onder de knie. Vanaf deze tijd zijn de foto’s die hij maakte niet alleen een reflectie van de tijd. Eerder een reflectie van zijn manier van kijken, zien en als uitdrukking van zijn grote waardering van het zien van de dingen zoals ze zijn. De magie van het alledaagse.
  • His approach on photography stems from a magic melting pot of deep training in all aspects of Tibetan buddhism and the Shambhala teachings in combination with western principles and technology an his interest in the ancient Japanese arts.

Pictures @Chögyam Trungpa

  • From the collection of the Shambhala Archives, a selection photographs made by Chögyam Trungpa (1939 – 1987). Click here>>
  • ‘First Thought Best Thought’, a slideshow selected photographs by Chögyam Trungpa. Narrated by Andy & Wendy Karr. Click & listen here>>

VCTR foto door Marti Janowitz

True Perception Dharma Art  

Integrating Art & Wisdom

An inspiring talk by Kongtrul Jigme Namgyal.
On art, the creative process and universal wisdom principles: how to express the nature of mind through creative expression and vice versa.

Kongtrul Rinpoche (1964) is a buddhist teacher and meditation master who lives in the US with his family since 1989. He travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.

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We find a universal joy through the creative process 

  • Born in India into a Tibetan family he grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice. Trained in the traditional Tibetan arts of calligraphy, music and ritual dance, he began painting in the mid-1990’s under the guidance of the French abstract expressionist painter Yahne Le Toumelin. Out of all the Western traditions, abstract expressionism caught his attention due to its acceptance of formless technique, which closely mirrors the relaxation of strict discipline found in advanced meditation.

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Kongtrul Rinpoche exposes on a regular base. Click here on his website to see his zijn paintings>>
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With much appreciation and gratitude to Kongtrul Jigme Namgyal, for his inspiring and actual expression of pure creativity!

Straight Photography

A stream from the early beginning of photography, early 1900, where the emphasize is on the directness of photography without any manipulation. Photography was a new medium and on as a discipline on its way to the status of ‘art’. Out of this develop a short-lived stream called ‘Straight Photography’.

Saul Leiter (03/12/1923 – † 26/11/2013)

An American photographer and painter. His early work from the ’40 and ’50 was an important contribution to the New York School.


About the ‘physics’ f following your highest excitement, one moment at a time, to the best of your ability as far as you can take, with zero expectation about the (possible) outcome.

Bashar is channeld by Darry Anka.
Here are a short excerpts where Bashar speaks on highest excitement . If this resonates for you, enjoy!

 Letting Go with Beethoven

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