Absolute Perception / Level Three

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Pre-requisite: Heart of Vision or Level Two

Chögyam Trungpa is famous for saying “Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.”

When we let go of concepts and reference points – even the ones we have formed practicing Nalanda Miksang - the visual world manifests in its own way with its own energy. We enter this free-form way of seeing through the teachings of Orderly Chaos. Often these images have an abstract aesthetic that resonates with Modern Art.

“Once you notice your eyes being unable to rest, losing ground and playing in the optical-illusion quality of car windows, for instance, or of shop windows, you have gone through a slipstream of the impressionist world into a bit of chaos.” -from Heart of Photography

Five Wisdoms/Level Three

Pre-requisite:  Introductory Nalanda Miksang course

The culmination of Chögyam Trungpa’s three levels of perception is combining the Five Wisdoms teaching with Nalanda Miksang, via Chögyam Trungpa’s practice, Maitri Space Awareness. This practice involves taking specific postures in colored environments. John and Miriam are certified Maitri Space Awareness teachers.

“In street situations, in urban complexity, what is often reflected back is less a sense of harmony and more an orderly chaos, in a visual and also physiological way. The busier, the louder, the more complex the situation, the harder it can be to trust pure perception. However, it is always there—your connection, your interdependence, and the basic goodness of all beings. Practicing this far out, at this edge, if you can do it, can be some of the most rewarding practice for Nalanda Miksang.” -from Heart of Photography

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