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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist, and scholar Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

‘Good’ here doesn’t mean good as we usually use the word, as in good or bad. Good here means that our mind is uncluttered by preoccupation, relaxed and open. Its innate nature is clear, brilliant, and extremely precise. When steady mind, clear vision and soft heart come together in one single moment, ‘Good Eye’ manifests. It is vision that is inherently pure, unobstructed, unblocked, free of depression, free of aggression, free of interpretation. Free altogether. When we synchronize eye and mind, we abandon all concepts and predispositions and become completely present in the moment. The world becomes a magical display of vivid perception. We can develop the ability to experience and express these experiences precisely through the practice of contemplative photography.

Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting. As we allow ourselves to become more available to the things around us without the biases, filters and formulas often associated with photography, our experience and expression of day-to-day moments becomes more rich and endlessly varied—beyond what we think. One moment, one shot. Graceful Appearance. Miksang pictures tend to bring the observer back into the original contemplation state of the author of the picture. The pictures can bring one back to a purer perception of reality that is often neglected. Miksang involves nothing fancy, no special setup; only a visual capture, in the proper state of mind, of everyday's reality.

"We judge and name and label, failing to see each thing as true and “perfect” in itself, of God, made by God, and from God’s hand, and therefore beautiful."

Psalms 96:6 "Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary."

1 Chronicles 29:11,"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everthing that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all."
Psalm 71:8, "My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day long." Psalm 90:17, "Let the kindness of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands; Yes, establish the work of our hands."

Zecharia 9:17, " For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty ..."
"It is thus, that great conceptions visit the soul; ideals of surpassing beauty cast a light forward upon the future; resolves of service for God and man brace the soul as the air from the glaciers does the dwellers in the plains; and all life assumes a nobler aspect and is set to a higher key. ... never surrender your ideal, nor act unworthily of it, nor disobey the heavenly vision. Above all, ... when God has given you rest, be more than ever careful to gird yourselves, and arise to realize the purpose that visited you ..."

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