Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of leading Buddhist teachers of the 20th century and a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West. He was a poet, painter, and calligrapher who coined the term “dharma art,” and whose teachings on dharma art describe a profound connection between meditative mind and the creative process. It is offered here in print form.
When Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was studying at Oxford in the late 1960s as a Spalding Fellow, he also composed teachings and painted. This was one of the works to come out of that period. Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was instrumental in bringing Buddhism to Tibet. It's a very beautiful and unusual painting of Padmasambhava, in that it has a plain sky background and was created from an actual vision that Trungpa Rinpoche had of Padmasambhava, with clouds kind of trailing out behind him and lots of dakinis (tantric female deities) dancing around with their drums. For the cover, we took off the red outline and extended the sky a little bit. –Liza Matthews
Learn more about Trungpa Rinpoche's work at: Shambhala Publications.
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