Contemplative Photography 01

12 03 2012

I’ve been captured by the art of Miksang but let me preface this post by letting you know I’m not a miksang master or and I have no training at all.
My eye has been drawn to miksang photography for a long while but I must thank Mike Shell, who blogs at The Empty Path who introduced me to the art when he saw some simple shots on my Red Bubble photography site. Despite no training (as yet) I am drawn to miksang and love its pure simplicity and contemplative nature.

What is miksang?
Miksang is an art form centred on Contemplative Photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “Good Eye” and is based on the Shambala and Dharma art teaching of the late meditation master, artist and scholoar Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

Contemplative Photography
According to the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, miksang “is (at its most basic level) photography concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up – nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see – straight shooting.

Simplicity is not ‘simple’
What attracts me is the simplicity and purity of an object or form but it is surprisingly complex and difficult to achieve. When taking photos I can often be hindered by my internal monitor, judgement kicks in, as does photography ‘training’ and ‘rules’.
Miksang frees me to be totally captivated with a vision and express it, just as it is, no judgement, no formula or rules, no arrangement or post-processing. It is raw beauty. I start to see things in their purest sense with a mind that is relaxed, open and free.

If you’d like to find out more about Miksang, check out these links:

My weekly Monday Miksang Offering:
An offering to you for reflection, contemplation, centering, freedom and purity. Breathe in. Relax. You are free.

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12 responses

12 03 2012
dadirri7

mmmm, tantalizing! cant wait until tomorrow to go out with the camera and my “good eye” …thank you louise 🙂

12 03 2012
Louise

Fantastic!! Oh, let me know how you go!

12 03 2012
Madhu

Love it! Had not heard of Miksang before! This appeals to my stark and simple design aesthetics!

12 03 2012
Louise

Yes, it’s beautiful isn’t it. Hope you get some good shots!

12 03 2012
Inger-M

I love that shot! The contrasts between organic and geometric form, and between the colors are magical. This is true artistic beauty! I have never heard of Miksang before, but after looking through some galleries in your link, it looks a lot like what I call Mindful Photography. How interesting that there is a whole philosophy behind it!

12 03 2012
Louise

Thanks Inger-Marie. It is something that I’ve been doing intuitively for some time with my photos but without knowing about Miksang. I’d love to learn more about it but there is no course in Australia. Glad you like it !

14 03 2012
sea fringed edge

I had not heard about this before so I’m grateful to you for this, I am drawn to finding out more.

14 03 2012
Louise

Fantastic! It’s always great to pass on something interesting to others! Hope you can explore and enjoy it further. 🙂

14 03 2012
Michael Austin Shell

Thanks so much for citing The Empty Path. I, in turn, need to thank Wendy G. of my Quaker Meeting for introducing me to the concept of miksang.

Your work is beautiful.

Mike

14 03 2012
Louise

Thanks Mike, you’re a treasure. 🙂

16 03 2012
ElizOF

Thank you! I just learned something new… Miksang! 😉

16 03 2012
Louise

You’re welcome. Isn’t it great to share ideas and inspiration through our blogs. Hope you give it a go and enjoy it too.

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