Thoughts from Our Full Day Retreat

On Saturday, November 11, Cayce and Wendy led a full day meditation retreat at the Montecito Center. We used the creative art of painting to access otherwise hidden aspects of ourselves. Much of the time the teachings can stay in the conceptual realm, but through creativity we can break through into authentic experience.


Tibetan Buddhist Master Chögyam Trungpa liked to call spiritual art “Dharma Art”, and he would teach it as a path equal to any sitting or contemplation practice. Dharma Art can teach us about fearlessness and help us find confidence in our innate enlightened nature.

Who is this for?.

– Meditators that would like to deepen their practice, using techniques that may be new to them.
– Anyone looking for new ways to access the meditative space, whether beginner or advanced
– Artists that would like to find new ways to access creativity.
– Those that believe having fun is a spiritual exercise!

Our muse – The Bodhisattva Path

We reflected on the following through timed silent painting exercises:

a) The intention of renunciation
b) The intention of non-aversion or loving kindness.
c) The intention of non-injury or compassion

The Six Perfections (Paramitas)
Generosity: to cultivate the attitude of generosity.
Discipline: refraining from harm.
Patience: the ability not to be perturbed by anything.
Diligence: to find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome.
Meditative concentration: not to be distracted.
Wisdom: the perfect discrimination of phenomena, all knowable things : 4 aspects of Wisdom: Skilful Means, Strength, Loving-Kindness, Primordial wisdom

Here are some pics from this amazing day !

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