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Creating Mandalas

By on May 22, 2015

 cosm newsletter

Creating Mandalas
creating mandalas
“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self.”  – C.G. Jung

The Sanskrit word, Mandala, means circle, the ultimate spiritual shape, the single-sided sacred geometry of unity and oneness. In many wisdom traditions, the mandala is a focal point for ritual contemplation and the invocation of deities. Creating a mandala with simple drawing tools can awaken the energetic essence of your luminous soul and catalyze profound healing.

For a spiritual journey into art, healing and mindfulness this weekend, come to CoSM and create with Eileen “Rosie” Rose, author of Create Your Own Sand Mandala: For Meditation, Healing, and Prayer. Co-teaching will be Rosie’s partner, a truly beautiful soul, Dr. Michael Garger, CoSM health and spiritual fitness advisor. Together, Rosie and Mike regularly bring the sand mandala group creation to CoSM events.

In the Mandala workshop this weekend, artists at every level of experience will practice visioning and manifesting illuminated contemplative works of sacred art. Combining the mindfulness practices of art and spirituality, the mystic artist can connect with True Self.

To enhance our drawing ability, Dr. Mike will lead simple Chi Kung movements that guide and direct our subtle energies. Focusing on the sacred circle, we will shed our fragmented self and reveal the peace of centeredness.

Let your deepest intuitive and innate creativity come forth this weekend at CoSM. A few spots are still open for this illuminating journey into art and spirit.

Visionary Salon with Lama Migmar Tseten
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Back in 1976 when Alex worked in the morgue at Harvard Medical School, a friend shared with us a Buddhist book describing a practice in which monks contemplated on corpses to gain awareness of impermanence. This book, the Visuddhimagga and The Tibetan Book of the Dead, launched Alex into a lifelong study of Tibetan Buddhism which became an important focus of our spiritual lives. Over the years, we have had the good karma to study with Namchai Norbu, our principle teacher, and H.H. Dalai Lama, and have taken retreats and teachings from many respected Buddhist masters. The Kuten-La, medium for the Oracle of Tibet, graced CoSM with teachings. The Gaden Shartse monks blessed CoSM NYC with an exquisite sand mandala in front of Alex’s painting, “Avalokitesvara,” the Buddha of Active Compassion.

On May 31st, we are so grateful to host at CoSM, “Awakening to Buddhism,” a talk by the esteemed Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University. This gifted teacher will share many of the principles of Buddhism as well as a selection of essential spiritual practices. We will converse with the venerable Lama on the important roll intentions play in manifesting our creations.

Workshop Instructor:  Lama Migmar Tseten   

Workshop Instructor Lama Migmar Tseten

Lama Migmar Tseten has been serving Harvard as a Buddhist Chaplain since 1997. He is Founder of the Sakya School for Buddhist Studies and Director of Mangalam Studio. He received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India, graduating with an Acharya degree in 1979 from Tibetan Institute of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India, and with first position every nine years among four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded a medal for academic excellence, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He was also recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the Dharma by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Lama Migmar served as the head of Sakya Center in Rajpur, India, and the Sakya Monastery in Puruwalla, India, from 1981 to 1989, taking care of the well being of several hundred monastic residents. During this time he reintroduced the original form of the geshe educational system of Tibet, with degrees from kazhipa up to the rabjampa degree, with a curriculum that included all of the eighteen major texts, which are known as the Dragchen Chogyed.

Additionally, Lama Migmar supervised the editing and publication of over 50 rare volumes of Sakya literature including the 31 volumes of Sakya Lamdre and the rare Golden Manuscripts of the Five Founding Masters of Sakya. He founded Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, MA in 1990. Lama Migmar leads retreats at Buddhist centers throughout North America and Europe.

The CoSM Shop and Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.

Come to CoSM and meet this esteemed wisdom master!

Much love,

Alex and Allyson

Art Church Meditations

By on May 12, 2015

At the last Art Church, Janet Morgan, artist and teacher, envisioned and shared this creature which Alex described as “seducing the demons into becoming our protectors.” Janet, an accomplished painter, had one of the few solo exhibitions at MicroCoSM Gallery in New York City in 2006, with her paintings of “Goddesses.”

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Perry Kroeger channeled this is the poem during the creative meditation at  Art Church. He added a sigil, or sacred symbol, that he also manifested that day and photoshopped it into this awesome meme to share. Perry, an extraordinary painter, set designer and multi-media performance artist, was selected among many applicants for CoSM’s first portfolio reviewed 7-Day Painting Intensive, coming up this July.

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Three of the seven drawings with words by Stewart Hoyt created at Art Church in May. Stewarts generous blessing: “May your vision for our temple of creation come to fruition expeditiously.”

At the Warfield for Bicycle Day

By on May 11, 2015

Alex Grey Allyson Grey Zoe Jakes Beats Antique Bicycle Day
Allyson and Alex with Beats Antique’s Zoe Jakes.

The unofficial psychedelic holiday, Bicycle Day, was celebrated April 18th at the historic Warfield in San Francisco. Headlined by Bay Area natives, Beats Antique, Alex and Allyson were joined on stage by live instrumentation, theatrical performances, and mind-melting visual projections.  Emancipator, Thriftworks, Desert Dwellers offered delicious bass music that pulsed to the kaleidoscopic visual stylings of Johnathan Singer.  Special thanks Jen Ingram of Tribe13 and featured artists for the immaculate visionary art gallery, and to Euphonic Conceptions, Challenger, and Goldenvoice SF for producing one of the most unforgettable Bicycle Days to date!

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Allyson and Alex welcoming friends to Bicycle Day 2015.

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Bicycle Day 2015 crowd at The Warfield Theater

Alex Grey bicycle day slide show warfield jimmy hendrixAlex Grey presents the history of psychedelia.

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Desert Dwellers, Treavor Moontribe & Amani Friend

EMANCIPATOR ENSEMBLE 2Emancipator Ensemble

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Alex and Allyson raging it with the party monster!

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Beats Antique’s Bicycle Day performance

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This is Veronica from Mexico with her beloved. We met on Bicycle Day at the Warfield! We’ll be in Mexico the first weekend of November. Maybe we’ll see Veronica and her beloved again!!

Thanks to Sterling Munksgard for the photos.