Sunday, July 01, 2007

Miksang





One of the things I have studied in photography is called Miksang.

Miksang is a Tibetan word that means 'Good Eye', and is based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist and scholar, Chögyam Trungpa, specifically his teachings on the nature of perception.

Here is a defenition of Miksang
"The "good" part is that our world, just as it is, is inherently rich and vivid. The "eye" part is that working with the practice of contemplative photography, we can tune into these qualities of our world. This journey is actually quite simple-to see with our eyes wide-open and our awareness right there. Once we have a moment of fresh perception, vivid and clear, there is a natural desire to communicate that experience. Through visual exercises and photographic assignments, each Miksang workshop is designed to allow eye and mind to be naturally synchronized, so that the experience of seeing could be undistracted and present-actually being there. Seeing in this way, each perception is complete, unfiltered, and fully appreciated. The visual world could be perceived directly, without the burden of our habitual likes and dislikes, associations, memories, all of which obscure clear perception. Without visual prejudice, we could then form the equivalent of what we have seen and express each perception precisely."

Thats a mouthful! But I love it.
I shot this recently in my backyard. Its definetly a Miksang image.
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