When a year ago several factors came together and my constant travel slowed down I realized that I finally had time to pursue one of my photographic passions, Nalanda Miksang.
What is Nalanda Miksang? It is contemplative photography first pioneered by John McQuade and Michael Wood in Toronto, ON, Canada well over 30 years ago. To fully grasp the concept reading John McQuade’s and Miriam Hall’s book “Looking and Seeing” is a great first step.
Miksang is Tibetan for “Good Eye”, and while at first I was puzzled by this description I have since made it a big part of my photographic pursuit. Last October I met John McQuade in Ontario and took a week-long workshop with him at Fleming College in Haliburton. the workshop was titled “Inspiration from Nature” and I feel it changed my creative life. I have since started a new blog featuring my Miksang images accompanied by a haiku. For over eight months now I have used the Miksang & Haiku blog as my creative outlet.
Also, for the past year I poured my creative energy into fulfilling my obligations as president of the Moose Jaw Camera Club. With another member of the executive we started our first informal Miksang group that met once a month studying passages from John and Miriam’s book and exploring Nalanda Miksang exercises with up to 16 participants. with so much interest we invited John McQuade to Moose jaw in May.
Prior to that, and encouraged by John, my Miksang partner “in crime” and I studied on line to complete Levels 1 and 2 in preparation to be certified as Nalanda MIksang instructors. Immediately following the action packed weekend ( and our certification as instructors) with John I set off to Nelson, BC for Nalanda Miksang Level 3. Yes, I did feel saturated with information and a little tired with all the new impressions once I completed so much intensive study in May….
I have had some time to digest the content and philosophy of Nalanda Miksang and it has become a vital part of my daily contemplative art practice. While I am strongly influenced by nature on my MIksang & Haiku blog, Miksang includes a multitude of exercises to develop my good eye. Here is a short slide show based on the theme “light and shadow”.
Meanwhile I am pursuing my personal Nalanda Miksang path as well as beginning to teach workshops. I just completed my first solo introductory one-day Nalanda Miksang workshop in Moose Jaw. Interested in finding out more or in taking a class, or even organize a workshop for your photography group? Check out this page here and contact me if you have questions.