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 Dharma Art teachings of Chogyam Trungpa.

After Trungpa Rinpoche’s death, John continued his Buddhist and Shambhala studies with Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. As an active member of the Shambhala community, John served on the Toronto Shambhala Executive Committee for 20 years, including two terms as Director. He is a Shambhala Training teacher, a certified meditation instructor, and a Buddha Families – Maitri Space Awareness Teacher.  John also studies and practices Qigong with Eva Wong — a lineage holder in Traditional Chinese Qigong and long-time Feng Shui consultant to the Shambhala community.

Events with John McQuade

(Online) Heaven and Earth: Contemplative Landscape Photography
July 16 - October 8, 2023

“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…

(Online) Warriorship, Basic Goodness and Dharma Art
September 10 - October 15, 2023

“When the warrior-students experience an environment where the dralas are present, where reality is present, where the possibilities of sanity are always there, they can appreciate the mountains, the clouds, sky, sunshine, trees, flowers, brooks… intensely bright red and blue, brilliant white and orange…When you are fully gentle, without arrogance and without aggression, you see the brilliance of the universe. You develop a true perception of the universe.” —  Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior (Ch. 15, p.18-19). The great Buddhist teacher and meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was also an accomplished artist, and taught the path of…