Meditation & the Creative Process

 Teaching Schedule Appears Below These Videos.

“Discipline, Spontaneity, & Creativity,” a talk by Steven Saitzyk at the Westside Los Angeles Shambhala Center on April 9, 2014

“How to View Art,” a talk given by Steven Saitzyk, Director of Shambhala Art, at the Westside Shambhala Center in Los Angeles on July 10, 2013.  The subject is how meditative and contemplative practices benefit the viewing process of art.

Teaching Schedule:


Saturdays, 10AM-12:50PM, 4 sessions, starts on the 3rd week of Fall and Summer terms. 
ARTCENTER EXTENSION (ACX) is in Pasadena, California, and is a public program of Art Center College of Design)
626.396.2319 or e-mail:, ACN-477W-01, Noncredit, No prerequisite.

Description: Mindfulness and awareness meditation clarifies our perceptions so that we can experience things as they truly are, leading to genuine expression. This 4 week course will teach how to meditate and offer contemplative art exercises designed to awaken the creative and viewing processes. Class includes a museum field trip to practice contemplative viewing.
No prerequisites

  Faculty Bio


Immediately follows Meditation for the Creative Mind 1

 Noncredit, Prerequisite: “Meditation for the Creative Mind I”, or “Meditation, Perception, and Art”

Description: For the creative mind, there is more to meditation than mindfulness. There is also awareness, insight, and vision. This 4-part series is about connecting better to our world through our senses. It is also about using meditation and meditation-in-action to create the space for something new to arise, be recognized as inspiration, and make a work of art. In addition to meditation exercises, readings and field trips will enhance your understanding of the practice. Parts 1 and 2 of the series will be offered during the Summer and Fall terms, with the series continuing in Spring 2020 with Parts 3 and 4. (Fall and Spring dates TBD).

SHAMBHALA ART: Awakening the Creative Process

As the director of Shambhala Art International I teach, lecture, and offer classes, workshops, and intensives around the world.  As one of the developers of the Shambhala Art Program, I have trained over eight teachers of this program.  Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program.  As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation.  As a product, it is art that wakes people up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala International, and Naropa Institute.  He was an artist, poet, and author of over a dozen books on subjects ranging from psychology to iconography. Volume 7 of the Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche focuses specifically on his Dharma Art teachings.  True Perception: the path of Dharma Art is the text recommended reading for the Shambhala Art Program.  Shambhala Art is a division of Shambhala and is presided over by his son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

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