True Perception

True Perception

The Path of Dharma Art

By Chogyam Trungpa; Judith L. Lief (Editor)

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590305881, 204pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2008

Description
Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chogyam Trungpa called this type of art "dharma art"--any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve. A work of dharma art brings out the goodness and dignity of the situation it reflects--dignity that comes from the artist's interest in the details of life and sense of appreciation for experience. Trungpa shows how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life: any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world.
An expanded edition of Trungpa's "Dharma Art" (1996), this book includes a new introduction and essay.


About the Author
Chogyam Trungpa (1940 1987) was a pioneer in presenting the teachings of mindfulness in North America. Buddhist meditation master, teacher, and artist, he is the author of numerous books including Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery; Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness; and Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.

Judith Lief has taught internationally on death and dying and on the application of mindfulness-awareness training. As one of the foremost students of meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, she is a well-known teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. She is a pastoral counselor at Maitri Day Health Center in Yonkers, New York, serving formerly homeless persons with AIDS.


Praise For True Perception

“Trungpa’s notion of dharma art is an approach to art as meditation, an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in creative work. Lief’s inspired selection and careful editing make this an essential book for those committed to view that the artist should be a spiritual teacher.”—Publishers Weekly