A rare look inside one of Portugal’s thriving Buddhist communities
Creativity and Contemplation explores the intersection of meditation and creative expression. Impulses for creativity originate deep in the soul, psyche, or what Buddhists call “mind.” The arts give voice, shape, feeling, or color to this human journey of living and dying, and are modes of integrating our experiences of reality. Visual art, sound work, spatial exploration, and even cooking, dreaming, and work can be forms of meditation in action if engaged in with awareness.
Sarah C. Beasley (Sera Kunzang Lhamo), Nautilus Gold award-winning author of Kindness for all Creatures: Buddhist Advice for Compassionate Animal Care (Shambhala 2019), has been a Nyingma practitioner since 2000. Sarah is a Certified Teacher, and an experienced writer and artist, with an MA in Educational Leadership and a BA in Studio Art. Sarah spent six years in traditional retreat under the guidance of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. With a lifelong passion for wilderness, she has summited Mt. Kenya and Mt. Baker, among other peaks. Her book and other works can be seen at www.sarahcbeasley.com.
BDG columnist Sarah C. Beasley reviews the latest film from Bhutanese filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji, about Bhutan’s transition to a democracy in 2006
A Buddhist reflection on the lessons that bees and other insects might teach us about generosity and community
Contemplating the joy and sorrow of life transitions with equanimity and wisdom
Drawing our awareness to the often hidden power of technology to rob us of our physical and psychological well-being
BDG Columnist and artist Sarah C. Beasley meditates on beauty and meaning in the work of a contemporary Native American artist
A reflection on the need for engaged Buddhists to look deeply at the wounds of European colonialism through the lens of contemporary Native American artist Gregg Deal
A look into the life, visionary art, and Buddhist practice of one of the world’s most enigmatic and brilliant artists
Leaders in the symbiosis of activism and prayer
On the ultimate power and importance of relying on a genuine teacher, allowing us to see innate goodness in them and in ourselves