Contemplative Photography 03

26 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:
A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
– Meister Eckhart

See my previous Miksang Monday posts on my Contemplative Photography page

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7 responses

26 03 2012
Gilly Gee

Thank you Louise, you have just helped me to slow down in my lunch break and now I’m off outside to be.

27 03 2012
Louise

Great to hear. Slowing down is really living. Enjoy the sunshine.

26 03 2012
Madhu

Love everyone of them Louise!

27 03 2012
Louise

Thanks Madhu!

27 03 2012
Cee Neuner

I really adore the shot with the steps. Although they are all wonderful!!!

27 03 2012
Louise

Thanks Cee, yes it is one of my faves too. I love the stark shadow and lines as well as the crazing on the back wall. I was happy to find it!

29 03 2012
eof737

Thnak you for this post. I learned something new today – miksang. 😉

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