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SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2009 89 owl, after which one might graduate to square zero. and he refers to a fan that is held, opened, then waved as the threefold activity behind all good works of art. thus condensed, trungpa’s imagery might seem opaque. even with clarifica- tions, a certain opacity stubbornly persists. trungpa is after all describing something outside our normal frame of reference, as well as the resistance we put up to letting this same “something” in. i need to take back what i said about Milton Glaser’s pictures not triggering epiphanies. there is one image near the end of his book—an illustration he made to the Divine Comedy—that i find haunt- ing. it shows, in the gloom of purgatory, a monkish figure in red, hunched, approach- ing a dark wall. Hovering in the air between man and wall is a bough of green. behind the wall leap jagged tongues of flame. i feel that Glaser is here depicting someone who has at first been inspired, then became wary, and is now being inexorably drawn, almost against his will, into an encounter with the hidden power of living art. true Perception: the Path of Dharma art is missing one thing: good examples. because trungpa does not discuss artistic technique, this is all the more reason to in- clude a luminous array of dharma artwork. the book does contain twenty photographs of trungpa and his students engaged in dharma art, but the images are not well re- produced, none are in color, and they have all been put into a single section. the visual dharma of which trungpa speaks deserves better; it deserves its own coffee table book, done radiantly right. Until such a book gets made, we will have to make do with the verbal treasures that fill true Percep- tion and bring the world-altering percep- tion trungpa speaks of delightfully within reach. in the chapter entitled “self-existing Humor,” we read, clear as a bell, words to live by and make art with: visual dharma is based on having these three foundations: a non-individualistic sense of humor, a sense of all-pervasive space, and an appreciation of the play of phenomena. ♦ dzogchen thenatural greatperfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMASURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by manytobe"theteaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate,essentialized, adaptable,and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural GreatPerfection, dire ctly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is ourtrue nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats areheld across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITAT IONRETREATS Joshua Tr ee,CA Spring March 21 –March 29, 2009 Garrison, NY Summer July 24 – August 2, 2009 Garrison, NY Winter January2– January 10, 2010 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY•NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS•PRIVAT E, SEMI-PRIVAT E, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats,e-mail