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Awakening to Buddhism

Nearly every morning before we start our day, Alex goes out to find eight points that have fallen from tulip trees that shade the studio. He places them in a mandala before the Buddha statue there, sometimes adding petals, and reminds himself of the teaching of the Eightfold Noble Path. Buddha was committed to revealing a Way to the End of Suffering. The First Noble Truth is that life is suffering, or “perpetual unsatisfactoriness.” The Second Noble Truth is that the cause of suffering is desire. The Third Noble Truth tells us that there IS a Way to the end of suffering. The Way is the Eightfold Noble Path. With every needle Alex places in the mandala he reminds himself of these eight precepts:

Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

The right view is non-duality. We are interdependent with an infinite order of beings and dimensions, whose ultimate ground is voidness, clarity, and compassion. By aligning ourselves with the awakened state of the Buddha we can develop wisdom, behave decently, cultivate discipline and kindness, nurturing positive thoughts, practicing mindfulness and meditation, we can subdue craving, cynicism, and be released from the “wheel of suffering” that perpetuates in death and rebirth.  Come to CoSM Sunday and learn about Buddhism from an accomplished teacher.

This Sunday’s Visionary Salon will host the Venerable Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten.
His talk on Buddhism will include:

– The lineage and philosophy of Buddhism
– The major Buddhist schools including Dzogchen Buddhism, also called “The Great Perfection.”
– The power of Mantra
– The Mahasiddha paintings of great accomplished masters and tantric adepts
– An Introduction to Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings.

Join us for basic and deep wisdom from this Buddhist master at CoSM this Sunday afternoon.
The talk will end with a discussion and then a tour of the Entheon construction with Alex and Allyson

Art as Prayer with Randal Roberts

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Randal Roberts, extraordinary artist and beloved CoSM friend, will offer painting wisdom in a rare three-day creative/spiritual opportunity, entitled “Art As Prayer.” Painting to enhance connectedness with self and the Divine, Randal is committed to enfolding prayer into every stroke. When a group of artists paints with this intention, the workplace is charged with purified creative energy.  Practice a technique of fresh spontaneity with a sacramentally inspired visionary who exquisitely depicts the rococo patterns of inner realms.

Randal’s Statement:

“I pledge to do my best work for the highest good, & to practice my art as a way of awakening myself and others.
I offer myself and my materials to divine influence.

To You; cherished friends and family; to the beautiful, absurd, creative flow and language of the universe; and to the global Love Tribe – gone, living, and to be:  Thank you.  I love you, and do my best for you.”

Randal is one of the hardest working and devotionally driven artists we know.  Come to beautiful CoSM and deepen your soul’s creative journey through  art as spiritual practice, with one of the rising stars in the visionary art world.

We look forward to seeing you soon at CoSM,


Allyson & Alex