“I wish to urge students of the dharma who may have forsaken their creative impulse in favor of practice to realize there is no conflict between creativity and meditation. Creativity can be understood, in essence, to be the practice of our own nature and that nature’s expression. You may find your way in to the nature through creativity; or you may come out from the nature to express creativity. Both have to be appreciated as the best of our mind’s potential.”
~ Kongtrul Rinpoche
A stimulating talk on art and practice called Natural Vitality by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche from his exhibit of his paintings at Tibet House, New York, 2008:
Kongtrul Rinpoche’s reflections here – as are the art of all of his teachings and his art itself – continue to be a cause for transformation for us here creating Dharma Eye.
We hope they likewise inspire and touch the ground of practice to those who meet them here.
The Art of Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel
Source of teachings: www.kongtruljigme.com/onpainting.php
‘Natural Vitality: The Painting Of Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel
THE PAINTINGS OF DZIGAR KONGTRUL RINPOCHE
“When we speak of natural creativity and its expression we are not talking about something separate from our own mind and experience.”
‘Rinpoche’s second art catalogue, a true collectors’ item, gives us a glimpse into the October 2007 exhibition “Natural Vitality“, held in New York City at the Tibet House. This soft-cover catalogue of large-format oil paintings opens with Rinpoche’s own essay on the union of art and wisdom.
The 136-page catalogue includes 73 color plates which faithfully reproduce the paintings, including many close details. Complete with intimate images of the artist in his studio and impromptu sketches by Rinpoche in pen and ink, the book affords a rare glimpse into the unique artistic expression of a meditation master.’
We thank Rinpoche for providing this talk and sharing his experience and wisdom to artists on the path.