Arts & Health: WellBeing

Dharma Art : Devising performance through Heaven & Earth

Workshop inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)

About: The Dharma Art of Shambhala Buddhism is a psychology of awakening developed by Buddhist monk Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1970–1987) best illustrated by Plato’s Cave allegory; the journey from ignorance to wisdom through the cultivation of personal insight. This practice is based on the creation of art from a meditative state; Samatha - Vipassana; where art making is an extension of meditation and contemplation. Dharma Art emphasizes the creative action of non - aggression as the cornerstone of personal and collective revolution. (Trungpa: 2008)

Jack’s Training in this field:

Visiting scholar to Naropa University, Boloder, Colorado, U.S.A (2016)

  • Acting technique: Mudra Space Awareness with Lee Worley

  • Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy with Wendy Allen

  • Introduction to Shambhala Meditation and Dharma Reading with Gaylon Ferguson

  • Ikebana & Kado

Meditation Retreats at The Shambhala Dublin Center (2015 - 2016)

  • Shambhala Training Level I - V


  1. Sitting Meditation

  2. Walking Meditation

  3. Vocal Chant

  4. Shamata Yoga

  5. Contemplative Movement

  6. Contemplative Writing

  7. Ikiabana Flower Arranging

  8. Devising through Ikibana & Contemplative Writing

  9. Warrior’s Encounter

Required Materials:

  • Clean, empty and inviting space,

  • Meditation cushions and or chairs,

  • Yoga mats,

  • Pens and notepads,

  • Hard copies of the vocal chants,

  • Live or recorded music,

  • Meditation bell

  • Timer

  • Flowering Arranging: tables and chairs, kenzan, suiban, flowers, Ikabana clippers, hard copies of the flower arrangement diagrams, hard copies of the Ikabana lineage mantra

Required Reading:

Trungpa, C., 2008. True perception: The path of Dharma art. Shambhala Publications.

Vocal Chants:

Shamata Yoga & Contemplative Movement:



Vipassana is Insight