This is an extract from a Masters study describing my exploration of the art of film as an inner awareness practice from the view of the Buddhist yogic tradition and the teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche called dharma art. I call this contemplative film practice.The article speaks to the initial pre-production and production phases of this research where formless Mahamudra meditations were most important. A camera lens was employed as a cue or reminder to practice the lens of awareness while capturing moving images. In the post-production phase, the creative meditations within Buddhist yogas became a major reference point: visualization, ritual practice, narrative text, and embodied energy practices. The research study included a series of meditation retreats with a schedule of visualization practices, formless meditation, mahamudra meditation-in-action, illusory body practice, and dream yoga. In between retreats the practice of lens art and meditation continued as a walking-photography practice. Two films, Dreamsign and Holofractals, artifacts of this process, are included.
Last name correction from Trail to Traill
"The Lion’s Gaze: Filmmaking as an Awareness Practice,"
Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal: Vol. 4:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol4/iss1/10