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Quantity SEVEN: The artwork of Calligraphy (Excerpts) • Dharma artwork • visible Dharma (Excerpts) • chosen Poems • chosen Writings

The gathered Works of Chögyam Trungpa brings jointly in 8 volumes the writings of 1 of the 1st and so much influential and inspirational Tibetan academics to provide Buddhism within the West. quantity Seven beneficial properties the paintings of Chögyam Trungpa as a poet, playwright, and visible artist and his teachings on artwork and the artistic method, that are one of the such a lot cutting edge and provocative elements of his actions within the West. whereas it contains fabric during which Trungpa Rinpoche stocks his wisdom of the symbolism and iconography of conventional Buddhist arts (in visible Dharma),this richly diversified quantity basically specializes in his personal, frequently radical artistic expressions. The paintings of Calligraphyis a superb exhibit for his calligraphy, and Dharma paintings brings jointly his principles on artwork, the inventive procedure, and aesthetics. Tibetan poetics, filmmaking, theater, and artwork and schooling are one of the themes of theselected writings.

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In some respects, the relationship of art and religion in Tibet was similar to that of medieval Europe, where so much of the music and fine arts was religious in nature. Obviously, there are important distinctions between the two, because Buddhism is a nontheistic religion. The deity in Buddhist art has a very different function, since it is viewed as a quality of emotion and energy discovered within the practitioner’s own mind. In some respects, however, art, music, and dance in the Middle Ages in Europe appear to have been less dominated by a religious outlook than they were in Tibet.

Gimian Frontispiece: Chögyam Trungpa creating a flower arrangement for an exhibition, Boulder, Colorado, ca. 1980. Photograph by Robert Del Tredici. Used by permission. See the Sources section at the back of this book for a continuation of the copyright page. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Dharma Poetics” from The Heart of the Buddha (see Volume Three) presents another discussion from one of Allen Ginsberg’s classes in 1982. 17 In any case, this remark concretely reinforces a point Rinpoche made in his discussion of the American poets in his preface to First Thought Best Thought: that buddhadharma could not be proclaimed in America without the contribution of the American poets. ”18 As mentioned earlier, Chögyam Trungpa was not just interested in art for artists, or poetry for poets.

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