Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sharon Salzberg: What is the best of creativity: depression or happiness?

Last week, the Dalai Lama has been at Emory University, where he is a Professor Emeritus presidential. Among the offers instruction on compassionate and exploration of scientific research in compassion meditation have been. There is also a discussion with Alice Walker and Richard Gere called "" The Creative Journey: artists in conversation with the Dalai Lama on spirituality and creativity. ""

This is how it has been described:

How the arts help express us, or discover our spiritual aspirations and issues or certainty?This artist and the spiritual master have teach each other their respective disciplines? what is the role of tradition (or, conversely, iconoclasm) to maintain or renew the art and the spiritual life? Is the human being fundamentally spiritual, naturally artistic?

Beginning of the first question, "in the West people think creativity comes from the torment, while in the East has a tradition of great art from the balance and the realization. Personally, I know it's true, because many meditation students requested variant, equating nervousness, daring and creativity with inner pain and happiness with dullness of laziness and give up.Artists, actors, musicians have expressed some reluctance to meditation practice fear that their is contained in all the worst ways, lying on placid forgotten.

Alice Walker replied interesting way, saying that at the beginning of his career, she felt good poetry must originate from sadness, a notion that she had returned to Langston Hughes.But as she aged, she says, she found that she was just get happier and happier and that it was of course always écrit.Richard Gere had spoken of a loss, angry young man playing the roles of lost, angry young men, and how spacious happiness more en more allowed him not to identify with these roles, who live not their thus full but play with them, to be flexible.

The Dalai Lama has taken the conversation to another location, seem to define beauty like a good heart and a healthy mind, rather than any external State.He told several times and had been brought to a cathedral was asked to admire its artistic beauty, but that was step take a keen interest in him.He was more interested in freedom from suffering, with internal States, with space for motivation and the heart.

I suspect that the Dalai Lama could not imagine even the concept that one could cling to the suffering for a creative edge or believe that happiness as agent recouverte.Bonheur in education is regarded as internal abundance, ingenuity, Buddhist source of energy that allows us to serve, to provide, offer, create des.Si we don't ever think that we have enough, we're not motivated to donner.Si we are impoverished, exhausted, demoralized and discouraged, we have nearly energy to help others, to express, to go and try thus différence.Par happiness is not at all the considered laziness, but the basis of the activity of all kinds.


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