workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Heart of Photography

Explorations in the Way of Seeing

With John McQuade.

Jun 12–17, 2022


Member: $405.00

Standard: $450.00

We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.

Photographing a beautiful field of flowers

Learn the practice of looking and seeing to discover magic in the ordinary, during a contemplative photography experience with John McQuade.

Contemplative photography appreciates the inherent beauty of all living things, whether a flower or a weed.

"When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic."
—Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior

When eye and mind are in the same place at the same time, you see clearly, your experience is intimate, and your images are simple, strong, and vivid. Join the founder of Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography John McQuade to explore the way of contemplative photography.

Learn the practice of looking and seeing, to purify your connection with basic visual forms such as light, color, and texture. This is like learning the visual cords and scales. Also it discerns the spontaneous opening of visual manifestation—the "flash of perception."

Then you play the visual music. Being in touch and touched with the phenomenal world, you explore the fields of perception such as flowers and weeds, visual haiku, humans, and other sentient beings and ordinary magic. Here there is a detailed and vast—but ordinary—opening of visual perception and the beautiful equivalent images.

The workshop proceeds through teachings, perception and photography assignments, and reviews of your work.

No photographic experience is necessary.

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Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.


Things to Bring

Please bring a digital camera (a point-and-shoot or cellphone camera is acceptable). You will also need a USB flash drive memory stick and, if available, it would be helpful if you had a laptop.

It would also be beneficial, although not necessary, if you had a copy of Heart of Photography: Further Explorations in Nalanda Miksang Photography by John McQuade and Miriam Hall (a digital download of the book is fine).

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Jun 12–17, 2022

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We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.