My friend Nell Minow introduced me to the most marvelous “contemplative photography” website last night. It’s called “Miksang,” a word that means “good eye” in Tibetan, and it was launched by Nova Scotian photographer Michael Wood. He blends his own photography “practice” with what he’s learned over the years from the dharma art/nature of perception teachings of famous meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa.” What makes Wood’s photography contemplative? Have a look.

“This journey is actually quite simple–to see with our eyes wide-open and our awareness right there. Once we have a moment of fresh perception, vivid and clear, there is a natural desire to communicate that experience,” Wood says. The website has a gorgeous gallery, and calendar of Woods’ workshops. “The visual world could be perceived directly, without the burden of our habitual likes and dislikes, associations, memories, all of which obscure clear perception. Without visual prejudice, we could then form the equivalent of what we have seen and express each perception precisely,” Woods writes.

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