Contemplative Photography 02

19 03 2012

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:

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My weekly Monday Miksang Offering to you:

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you? – Rumi  

Check out my previous Miksang Monday posts on my  Contemplative Photography Page 



10 responses

19 03 2012
Chris Alice Donner

I love what you are doing. The Rumi quote is perfect.

20 03 2012

Thanks Chris, Rumi is a great partner to this style, very contemplative! Glad you like it. 🙂

19 03 2012
Lynne Ayers

You have introduced me to Miksang and I love it. I particularly like the third photo, of the plant pot – it’s just stunning … I’m going to check this out further. Thank you for the intro.

20 03 2012

Hi Lynne, it’s great to share these gems we find isn’t it? Enjoy the links and I hope you too give it a go!

20 03 2012
Cee Neuner

Ohh how very beautiful!

20 03 2012

Thanks Cee! A think a lot of your photos are very miksang too! 🙂

20 03 2012
Gilly Gee

Louise I love this, simple beauty and brilliance. The stags horn is perfection.The whole concept thrills me and i would love to give it a go. I always try to really notice things and did the January Small Stones with that in mind but this is just my sort of photography. Thanks for sharing this you have inspired me.

20 03 2012

Fabulous!! I’m sure you’ll love it. I just wandered out today at lunchtime and took a few great shots. I’ll put them in my log for Mondays to come. Do give it a go and check out the links – they are ‘official’ sites to do with Miksang, I’m just bumbling through!!!

21 03 2012

These are beautiful pictures. 😉

3 04 2012

I like this arrangement of pix. Good work. PS: Is there an offshoot in Melbourne, by any chance? Would love to be a member and contribute.

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