Creative Process

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 all his Dharma Art teachings.  True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche which contains selections from Volume 7 and is  the primary text used in Shambhala Art.  Shambhala Art is a division of Shambhala and is presided over by his son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This program is taught by trained and authorized Shambhala Art teachers.  Steven Saitzyk is the International Director of Shambhala Art and author of Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind, the foreword of which was written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Contemplative Creativity Lab and  Contemplative Creativity Lab Facebook  A group of art and meditation practitioners inspired by the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche & others

Naropa Institute: Naropa’s degree programs focus on topics like social justice, psychology, counseling, education, sustainability, religious studies and chaplaincy, as well as the fine and performing arts. The arts are integral to a full manifestation of a university built upon a model of contemplative education. Whether music, theater, dance, visual arts, poetry, or prose, the arts represent a unique exploration of the nature of self and community, and they communicate experience and understanding in ways that fully engage the body, mind, and creative imagination. Making authentic art requires self-awareness.  Self-awareness unleashes creativity. Contemplative practice, one of the three primary learning aspects of contemplative education, cultivates self-awareness by teaching you to focus on the present moment and to learn to slow down the ever-cycling thoughts that dominate your mind and that drown out your true voice. Learning to unravel those cycles is at the root of wisdom and creative expression.

Steven Saitzyk is the author of this website and International Director of Shambhala Art.  For videos, writings, classes, and consulting please see

Arawana Hayashi  Ms. Hayashi began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism with the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa in 1974 and has been named an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist organization by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was Teacher in Residence at Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont and remains on the teaching staff of the Mukpo Institute, a residential study and practice program at Karme Choling. She teaches courses on Buddhism, Shambhala Art and Shambhala Training, a secular meditation program for developing the human potential for awakened confidence.