Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye".
The Miksang Society offers a number of programs, courses and events that present a form of contemplative photography.
This school of contemplative photography brings together the art of photography, the discipline of meditation and the Dharma Art teachings of the meditation master and scholar Chögyam Trungpa.
In general, meditation refers to the state of being awake: the realization of unselfconscious awareness which allows us to connect with the full reality of our being.
Meditation also refers to practices of synchronizing mind and body which enable us to cultivate that state of being.
In contemplative photography we work with the synchronization of eye and mind. When eye and mind are in the same place, the moment by moment vividness of the visual world manifests and is appreciated fully. This manifestation is spontaneous—a "flash of perception"--the ordinary magic of the phenomenal world. When one connects with pure perception there is no struggle in making a heartfelt and brilliant photographic image that one can share with others.
These moments of pure perception and appreciation happen all the time, but we often ignore and devalue them. However, it is worthwhile to recognize and cultivate these moments because they recollect the inherent openness and goodness of our being.