What is Miksang?

One moment at at time – free and joyful!

Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’.

This contemplative approach to photography is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of meditation master, artist,  scholar and ruler Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, specifically his teachings on the nature of perception and the creative dimension of spirituality. The Dharma Art approach is that genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate.

Miksang is a perception-based approach to photography where we learn to recognize and allowing the full experience of direct visual perceptions. We train our inherent ability of pure perception and clear seeing and make ourselves available and allow letting the perceptions fully  in.

Our everyday world becomes a joyful playground of vivid visual perceptions and genuine elegant photographic expressions.

  • ‘Good’ in Miksang doesn’t mean good as we usually use the word as in ‘good’ and ‘bad’. It refers to the unconditional goodness of our world and of ourselves. We are able to let this unconditional goodness fully in when our mind is relaxed, open and free of interpretation. We connect to the things as they are, inherently good – beyond good and bad.
  • Eye‘ means we have the inherent ability of pure perception and clear seeing. We can train our ability to see clearly, and dissolve the veil that we build up because of our habitual naming, judging and dividing everything we see in ‘I like it’ and ‘I don’t like it’, and projecting associations. This interpretative dual seeing is a continual projection of ideas and concepts that we have learned over the years. This well-trained habit hinders us to perceive both the moments that resonate visually out of the blue, as well hinders us to fully experience our experiences of clear seeing.

When we synchronize our eye, mind and heart we abandon all concepts, ideas and prejudices and become completely present in the here and now.

When a stable mind, clear vision and soft heart come together in one single moment, ‘Good Eye’ manifests.

The practice of Miksang Contemplative Photography

We find our inner stillness, we tune in to our inner space, from where we can feel these moments of clear seeing and are able to allow these vivid moments of visual perceptions fully in.

We experience seeing from the heart, and find universal joy through the process of true creative expression.

Through the practice of Miksang Contemplative Photography we develop the ability to experience moments of joyful vivid perceptions, and we develop the full understanding what we see from the heart. So we can express these experiences with our cameras, genuinely and elegantly.

We surrender ourselves to the open space within ourselves, so we become more available for the things around us.

With the Miksang Method we train our understanding of our experience of clear seeing and joyful vivid noticing in the midst of the fullness of our everyday visual world and in the midst of thoughts coming and going within our thinking mind. We surrender ourselves to the open space within ourselves, and we become more available for the things around us so we can connect fully to the richness around us which is always and already present. We can simply learn to give photographic expression from place of joy and appreciation, with amazing pictures as a natural outcome. Without the biases, filters, formulas and photoshop software often associated with photography.

One moment at time – free & joyful!

An infinite journey of discovering the beauty in our day-today world and genuine photographic expression unfolds.

Our experience and expression of the day-to-day moments becomes rich and endlessly varied – beyond what we think.

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