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.

This is part 1 of a talk on creativity and meditation by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art, on March 31, 2011 at the Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Center.

This is part 2 of a talk on creativity and meditation.

Teaching Schedule:


Saturdays, 10AM-12:50PM, 8 sessions, starts on the 3rd week of Fall and Summer terms. 
Art Center @ Night in Pasadena, California. (Art Center @ Night is a public program of Art Center College of Design)
626.396.2319 or e-mail:, ACN-090W, Noncredit, No prerequisite.

Description: Meditation is not just about mindfulness. It’s also seeing things as they truly are, developing clarity and manifesting our vision. Through a series of class exercises you will learn how our perceptions inform and, at times, fail us. Discover a path to genuine spontaneity and unselfconscious expression in this eight-week course that offers both meditation and meditation-in-action exercises such as non-objective brush and ink painting, collage, journaling, free-form poetry, and object arranging, all designed to help you better connect to the presence of things, the world, and yourselves. Two sessions will be field trips to art museums to practice contemplative viewing. This class goes to the very heart of art-making and -viewing, by showing how meditation benefits both the creative and viewing processes. No prerequisite. Formerly titled Meditation and the Creative Mind 1.   Faculty Bio


Saturdays, 10AM-12:50PM, 8 sessions, starts on the 3rd week of Spring term.
Art Center @ Nightin Pasadena, California. (Art Center @ Night is a public program of Art Center College of Design)
626.396.2319 or e-mail:, ACN-091W, Noncredit, Prerequisite: “Meditation and the Creative Mind I”, or “Meditation, Perception, and Art”

Description: In Meditation, Perception & Art 1 you learned how meditation benefits our creative and viewing processes. In this eight-week continuation course, you will explore meditation-in-action practices that reveal not only the simplicity, but also the complexity of seeing things as they are—the natural connections between colors, shapes, the seasons, the elements, emotions, truths and wisdoms. These discoveries become an unlimited palette to draw upon for inspiration. Because the gap between inspiration and manifestation can be huge and often filled with obstacles like negativity and self-consciousness, you will explore the editing process –a process in which obstacles can be transformed into challenges, and negativity into greater vision and truth. Class will include two museum field trips. Prerequisite: Meditation & the Creative Mind 1, or Meditation, Perception, & Art Part 1. Formerly: Meditation & the Creative Mind 2.    Faculty Bio

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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