June 10, 2010

Dharma/Arte: Trungpa inspired Brazil based arts community

“Genuine art reveals the truth.”
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Mata-mor”, by Rodrigo Bueno

Recently Tricycle asked our online supporters to recommend to us Buddhist charities and non-profits that are doing good work around the world. Among the many responses we received, there were several very enthusiastic endorsements of the group Dharma/Arte, a highly respected non-profit institution that promotes activities in the areas art and education.

From the Dharma/Arte Website,

Dharma/Arte is a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the intersection between dharma, art, creativity and transformative experiences. Dharma/Arte is inspired by dharma art teachings as presented by the Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, yet these teachings are a jumping off point for investigations that cover a range of different approaches and ideas. Dharma/Arte has a Buddhist name, yet it promotes a “no limits” vision: our bottom line is openness. This is our compost, from which we seek to grow many beautiful flowers.

Among his teachings on art, Chogyam Trungpa emphasized collaboration over solo endeavors, and warned students about egotistically clinging to their artistic identities and instead encouraged them to take a larger more inclusive view, and most importantly, to establish communities. In this vein, Dharma/Arte, while based in Brazil, has a vast international network that stretches throughout South America, Europe, the US, and Canada.  Founded by Carlos Alberto Inada, a teacher, book editor, and Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner in the Shambhala tradition, the group's first major endeavor was a successful series of performances, workshops, and talks by Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble, which received rave reviews in the Brazilian press.  Since then, their network has been rapidly expanding through the use of social media (including their facebook or twitter pages) and is currently working on new endeavors for this year and 2011. While details on their upcoming offerings are not yet public, they will surely be nothing less than visionary and I recommend beginning to follow their work now if you haven't been already.

Photo by Matheus Ribeiro

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Marie's picture

Wow! Carlos, so cool to find DharmaArte in my Tricycle mode. I´m happy for you and the DA do-ers.

I´m still in Tepoztlan, studying at the Shambhalacalli here. Ironically, I just finished translating, into English, the doctoral proposal of one of my Brazilian students (at my job). She´s focused on the micro-economies of the Pan-Amazonian campesinos.

Let´s hear it for Brazil and art! M

Carlos A. Inada's picture

Jenn and all: if you're interested in seeing more of Rodrigo Bueno's work, you can check his website: http://j.mp/9lTqtG. Rodrigo works mainly with installations and community oriented performances, and in his work he reflects both the influence of Trungpa and Shambhala Training and Afro-Brazilian culture. You can also check some of his works in Dharma/Arte's fan page at Facebook: http://j.mp/cddZfZ

Jenn's picture

Thanks for this! Those paintings are fantastic