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Date & Time Details: Every 2nd Sunday: July 28 - October 6th | Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. AT

Location: Online at Dorje Denma Ling

Contact: Alexander Gillespie
[email protected]

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(Online) Heaven and Earth: Contemplative Landscape Photography

with John McQuade

July 28 - October 6, 2024

“Traditionally it is said that when human beings live in harmony with the principles of heaven and earth, then the four seasons and the elements of the world will also work together harmoniously. Then there is no fear and humans begin to join in, as they deserve, in living in the world. They have heaven above and earth below and they appreciate the trees and greenery and so on. They begin to appreciate all of this.”

    – Chogyam Trungpa; Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior

This contemplative photography course explores landscapes from an Eastern contemplative art orientation rather than the traditional Western scenic approach. The contemplative landscape way gives emphasis to visual forms, space, and a sensibility of stillness, rather than the conventional landscape formats of dramatic effect.

The course includes resource teachings from contemplative aesthetics, Daoism, the Shambhala principles, Chinese Landscape Paintings, and deep ecology. It also includes consideration of Western contemplative landscape photographers such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone who is interested in exploring the principles of Contemplative Landscapes and messages they express.

You should be prepared to travel through the country side looking and finding Contemplative Landscapes. This is different than capturing Nature, and could take some time — which is why the sessions are spaced two weeks apart.

You will also need a digital camera with a “long lens – at least 180.”

Enrolment is limited to 15.

This slideshow shows samples of John McQuade’s Contemplative Landscape work.

What to Expect

The program is structured through teachings, assignments and assignment reviews.

You will be given specific exploration assignments that we will collectively share and review.
Meditation instruction and practice will be offered, but it is not a required feature of the program.


Sundays: July 28 | August 11 | August 25 | September 8 | September 22 | October 6

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm Eastern | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Atlantic

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All prices are in $CAD. Please consider paying by e-transfer, cheque, or cash. Saving transaction fees helps us keep the Centre going.

Suggested Tuition: CA$165

Generosity Policy applies. You will the have the option of pay what you can and applying a discount on the Registration Page should you need financial assistance. The remainder of our costs are covered by donations, creating a generosity circle.


Contemplative Art and Liberation, by John McQuade

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John McQuade
John McQuade is the founder of Nalanda Miksang Photography, and has established Nalanda Miksang teachers in North America, Europe and Australia. He is also co-author of two books in his field: Looking and Seeing, and Heart of Photography. He is currently on the faculty of the Halliburton School of Art and Design and is completing a PhD on the classic photographer, Edward Weston. John is also a practising Buddhist, having studied with Chogyam Trungpa from 1979 until Rinpoche’s death in 1987. Besides being an accomplished meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was also an artist, a poet and a photographer. Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography is based on the…
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