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Lions Roar : January 2013
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2013 58 From that unconditional beauty, which is peaceful and cool, arises the possibility of relaxing, and thereby perceiving the phe- nomenal world and one’s own senses properly. This is not a question of whether you have talent or not. Everybody has the tendency toward intrinsic beauty and intrin- sic goodness, and talent comes along with that automatically. When your visual and auditory world is properly synchronized and you have a sense of humor, you are able to perceive the phenomenal world fully and truly. That is talent. Talent comes from the appreciation of basic beauty and basic goodness, which arises from the fundamental peace and coolness of dharma. When we begin to perceive the phenomenal world with that sense of basic goodness, peace, and beauty, conflict begins to subside and we start to perceive our world clearly and thor- oughly. There are no questions, no obstacles. As anxiety sub- sides, sense perceptions become workable because they are no longer distorted by any neurosis. Through the practice of meditation, we can relate with our thoughts, our mind, and our breath and begin to discover the clarity of our sense per- ceptions and our thinking process. That enables us to become dharmic people and true artists. When we begin to realize that the principle of dharma exists within us, the heat of neurosis is cooled and pure insight takes place. Because restfulness exists beyond the neurosis, we begin to feel good about the whole thing. We could safely say that the prin- ciple of art is related with this idea of trust and relaxation. Such trust in ourselves comes from realizing that we do not have to sac- rifice ourselves to neurosis. And relaxation can happen because such trust has become a part of our existence. Therefore, we feel we can afford to open our eyes and all our sense perceptions fully. 2. Genuineness When relaxation develops in us, through letting go of neurosis and experiencing some sense of space and cool fresh air around us, we begin to feel good about ourselves. We feel that our exis- tence is worthwhile. In turn we feel that our communication with others could also be worthwhile and pure and good. On the whole we begin to feel that we are not cheating anybody; we are not mak- ing anything up on the spot. We begin to feel that we are fully genuine. From that point of view, one of the basic principles of a work of art is the absence of lying. Genuine art tells the truth. Dharma art means not creating further pollution in society; dharma art means creating greater vision and greater sanity. Art has to be done with genuineness, as it actually is, in the name of basic beauty and basic goodness. When basic goodness or basic beauty is not being expressed, what you do is neurotic and destructive, and cultivating other people’s sanity becomes difficult. Nonetheless, you cannot take the easy way out for the sake of making lots of money or becoming a big name. There has to be the basic integrity of maintaining our human society in a state of sanity. That is and AS A CHILD, Chögyam Trungpa took great interest in the traditional paintings and decorations of his monastic quarters, and acquired paints to experiment with his own drawings. In India, he studied with master thangka painter Tenzin Rongae. During this period, he created the thangka of Guru Rinpoche (shown on page 57), a painting of a famous dream that Marpa had of his leading student, Milarepa, and three paintings of traditional Vajrayana protectors. Although he used traditional techniques, he only painted the faces of the protectors, which was quite radical. Later in North America, Rinpoche focused on pen- and-ink drawings and paintings. PAINTINGCOURTESYOFMARYSTEWART