Mid-month Meeting Announcement for October

Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s monthly meeting. We had a great crowd gather virtually and as always it was a delight to review everyone’s images.

It was decided to aim for a mid-month meeting in October. The date selected is October 20th at 7 pm. The theme is “SKY”. Go and capture that flash of perception in our fantastic and ever-changing skies!

Please submit your images (no more than 8) to Vaughn by October 19th. On the same day (October 19th) send an email to Anna to request your secure ZOOM link.

October 1st, 2020 Virtual Meeting Reminder and Theme

Hello members,

Can you believe it? Autumn is in full swing and the colours are changing fast! Vaughn and I have put our heads together to select a theme for you. Let’s explore “The Ordinary Magic of Nowness”. You can find a short chapter on this concept in the “Heart of Photography” pgs. 24 – 27 in the hardcover version. If you have not picked up the book perhaps consider purchasing a copy to your Kindle reader. Here is a direct link.

Here is a direct quote from the chapter that may provide a quick insight into the theme we will explore: “…Magic is seeing that the world is always already gold. The phenomenal world, our lived experience, is rich, vibrant, and intrisically beautiful. We simply need to connect with that on the spot, which is easily said and often not so easily done. …It is important to not confuse nowness with immediacy, the immediate content of the current circumstances. …Nowness is a constant newness: the only now is now. Nowness is the suspension of time within time. Nowness is the timeless moment…”

This is a good start but please take the time to study the entire chapter. Then go out and explore your surroundings. Right now everything is changing so fast. From one day to the next the colours intensify and then, all it takes is a strong wind gust and the glorious colour display has shifted to the ground… We invite you to embrace the moment, right now! Perhaps you would like to make images of one view from your living room window. Do so over different times of the day, the week. Consider different lighting conditions… Have fun and enjoy this assignment.

Send up to 6 (six) images to Vaughn on Wednesday, September 30th. Please indicate how many images you are sending so he knows right away if one or more are missing.

For the ZOOM link please email Anna on Wednesday, September 30th to request the link. With email requests coming in throughout the week it has been difficult to get the correct link to everyone over the past couple of meetings. Please consider this: If the link does not immediately work for you (which has happened a couple of times now) do not sign off right away. Text Anna(306.631.8539) so she can reissue the link for you right away. We hate to have you miss out on the review as they are small teaching sessions. We have also found that if you log into the meeting early we can keep to the allotted time of about 90 minutes better. Anny usually logs in at least 10 minutes early to address issues members might encounter.

Vaughn and Anna are both immersed in some time and energy consuming activities so please keep to the September 30th date with requesting the ZOOM link and submitting your images.

Thanks so much! See you all on October 1st at 7 pm!

Avonlea Badlands Outing Sharing Session

Hi Moose Jaw Nalanda Miksang Group members! This is a special opportunity for everyone to view the images made during the Avonlea Badlands Outing. It was a small group that ventured out with Cathy but we know that those who were unable to participate would love to see the images as well.

So, mark your calendars for a special ZOOM gathering on Thursday, September 17th at 7 pm. Click here to get your ZOOM link . If you are curious, please make time for this session.

Those who were fortunate enough to participate, please forward up to 10 images to Vaughn by Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm if you have not already done so.

We look forward to this special sharing session open to all members.

December Pre-Christmas Virtual Meeting Reminder

Our final Miksang review for 2020 takes place on Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm SK time.

The theme is “Ordinary World – Christmas”… Please submit up to 10 images to Vaughn on or before December 16th at 6 pm.

By now you have received an email (please check you inbox) sharing potential upcoming changes to our group. Please take the time to read the correspondence and send us your input before December 15th.

Thank you, Anna and Vaughn

December Meeting Date and Theme

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Thursday for the “Found Calligraphy” review. Once again, it was great to share and review flashes of perception across the country

As always, we set a date for the next virtual gathering: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 7 pm Saskatchewan time.

Your assignment: you are in charge of picking ONE Miksang theme (examples: colour, texture and pattern, light and shadow, flowers and weeds, found calligraphy, Zen aesthetics, ordinary world etc.) and go out to gather images of YOUR chosen subject matter.

Select up to eight images and submit these to Vaughn on or before Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 for the review. Make sure you tell Vaughn the theme as it will ensure a well organized review session.

Vaughn will forward a list of participants names to Anna who will send out a ZOOM link the morning of December 3rd. If you want to be part of the review but have not submitted images please send Anna an email directly and she will forward the link.

We look forward to our next gathering, Anna and Vaughn

Mid-November Miksang Meeting

Thanks to our loyal members for joining us for the November 5th Zoom gathering! It was great to reconnect with some of you who took the summer off and to see the smiling faces across the country!

Vaughn and I are so grateful for everyone’s continued support. Offering two online gatherings a month has most likely contributed to our group’s survival during Covid19 measures. We also realize that two meetings a month don’t suit everyone and we fully understand that everyone’s time is precious. Feel free to join in when you can! We appreciate your interest.

Our next meet up via Zoom takes place on November 19th at 7 pm SK time. The theme is “Found Calligraphy”.

Please remember: submit your recent images (up to 8) to Vaughn on or before 6 pm November 18th. Vaughn will compile these images as usual and forward a list of participants names to Anna. She will then issue the Zoom link and forward it to everyone on the list. If you do not have images but would like to be part of the review email Anna directly and she will forward the link.

Looking forward to seeing you November 19th!

Not sure about the theme? Here are a few examples of found calligraphy.

November 5th Virtual Meeting Reminder

Ready? Set? Go! Grab your camera and head outside to follow your FoP (Flash of Perception) in an urban setting. No need to reside in a large city, urban inspiration is found in towns and communities with a collection of buildings, bridge structures and industrial areas.

Remember not to overthink the Urban Beauty/Inspiration assignment! Once you have spent time exploring select up to 8 images and forward them to Vaughn on or before Wednesday evening, November 4th at 6 pm. Here is Vaughn’s email address.

Please remember our discussion during the last virtual meeting and respect our time by submitting your images by the deadline. Thank you! (Late submissions – anything after 6 pm, SK time – will not be included in the review.)

Once you have forwarded your images, Vaughn will send a list of names of those who submitted to Anna. She will issue the link to the ZOOM Meeting on November 5th to everyone on that list.

Special note: If you did not submit images but would like to be part of the review session, please email Anna by clicking on this link and request the current link.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 5th at 7 pm! Now go out and synchronize with your urban environment. Enjoy!

Anna & Vaughn

October Meeting Reminder!!!

Hi everyone, here is you reminder for tomorrow’s ZOOM Meeting…

It was decided to aim for a mid-month meeting in October. The date selected is October 20th at 7 pm. The theme is “SKY”. Go and capture that flash of perception in our fantastic and ever-changing Canadian skies!

Please submit your images (no more than 8) to Vaughn by October 19th. On the same day (October 19th) send an email to Anna to request your secure ZOOM link. (if any of the links don’t work, send an email directly to Vaughn or Anna – I had a note that the link to request the ZOOM info does not work… I tried to fix the link but it is correct… I will blame this on WordPress!)

September Meeting Reminder

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Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm.

Please submit up to 8 (eight) JPG images to Vaughn by Wednesday evening at 6 pm. The reason for early submission has several reasons: It seems that every time at least one person has encountered difficulties in submitting. Some images do not arrive in Vaughn’s inbox. It appears that sending images from your phone works most times. If you are downloading your images from your camera ensure you downsize them in your favourite photo processing program, then attach them to an email. If you downsize to 1000 pixels on the longest side the images will be just fine for sharing during our session and they will not bog down yours or Vaughn’s internet connection. Please remember, do not send more images than we ask for. We will only select the first 6 – 8 that you submit.  Please share in your email how many images you are sending so Vaughn is aware and can contact you if not all images have arrived. Thanks for being considerate, everyone.

Our theme for the assignment is “Visual Haiku”.

What is a visual haiku? What is a haiku for that matter? John McQuade in “Heart of Photography” says A haiku is a contemplative literary and poetic form that provides a written equivalent of clear and true perception. (…the pedagogical form in the English language for this practice is seventeen syllables in a five/seven/five sequence. Haiku should also include a reference to the season and nature…) Please read more about this topic in “Heart of Photography”, pgs. 21 – 23 in the hardcopy version.

How can we implement the haiku into our Miksang photography? “Heart of Photography”, Part Five, Assignment 6, pgs. 104 – 107 provides some insightful and easy to understand readings to guide you in your exploration of Visual Haiku.

Last, but not least, please click hereto send Anna an email to confirm your participation. She will forward the new ZOOM link directly. Please remember, do not respond below in the comment section as those messages often end up in Anna’s spam folder… the highlighted click here will set up an email form for you.

See you Thursday at 7 pm.

Anna and Vaughn

Miksang September Meeting Reminder

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Hello everyone,

Last week’s outing saw a small group of members venture into the Avonlea Badlands to explore the magic of ancient geological formations shaped by centuries of erosion by wind, water and temperature fluctuations. The jury is still out if we will organize a sharing session for everyone’s favourite images. Those who participated, please get in touch with Anna and Vaughn and let us know how you feel about sharing.

It’s time to turn our attention to September and our next meeting. Yes, we will continue to gather via ZOOM. Vaughn and I have repeatedly discussed returning to meetings at Carol’s Cafe & Catering in Moose Jaw but with the Covid19 cases not levelling out anytime soon we will use the online resource we established early on. ZOOM is the most effective way to communicate right now and we have recognized how much more economic this form of connecting is. Yes, at the same time we realize how important personal contact is ultimately we have seen significant growth in everyone’s Miksang photography as you navigate these times on your own with virtual guidance. Our group hails from near and far in Saskatchewan and even into Ontario (many would not travel to Moose Jaw for a Saturday morning gathering because it would not be possible).

On to the details for September: Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm.

Please submit your images to Vaughn by Wednesday evening at 6 pm. The reason for early submission has several reasons: It seems that every time at least one person has encountered difficulties in submitting. Some images do not arrive in Vaughn’s inbox. It appears that sending images from your phone works most times. If you are downloading your images from your camera ensure you downsize them in your favourite photo processing program, then attach them to an email. If you downsize to 1000 pixels on the longest side the images will be just fine for sharing during our session and they will not bog down your or Vaughn’s internet connection. Please remember, do not send more images than we ask for. We will only select the first 6- 8 that you submit.  Please share in the email how many images you are sending so Vaughn is aware and can contact you if not all images have arrived. Thanks for being considerate, everyone.

And what is the theme for September? With the recent heatwave, we are not really thinking of fall and a change of seasons, yet the signs are all around us. Keeping these seasonal changes in mind Vaughn and I put our thinking caps on and chose “Visual Haiku” for your assignment.

What is a visual haiku? What is a haiku for that matter? John McQuade in “Heart of Photography” says A haiku is a contemplative literary and poetic form that provides a written equivalent of clear and true perception. (…the pedagogical form in the English language for this practice is seventeen syllables in a five/seven/five sequence. Haiku should also include a reference to the season and nature…) Please read more about this topic in “Heart of Photography”, pgs. 21 – 23 in the hardcopy version.

How can we implement the haiku into our Miksang photography? “Heart of Photography”, Part Five, Assignment 6, pgs. 104 – 107 provides some insightful and easy to understand readings to guide you in your exploration of Visual Haiku. The short chapter is brimming with the most concise information on the topic. If you do not own the book yet consider downloading it to your Kindle app for under C$10.

Here are a few pertinent excerpts from the chapter by John and Miriam to get you started: Of all the traditional contemplative art disciplines, written haiku is closest to our contemplative photography practice… Haiku also includes a season word. This could be something as simple as stating the season – autumn – or something subtler, like a phenomenal feature of the season – red maple leaves representing autumn… what is visual haiku? Since visual haiku is not a literary form it does not retain its literary structure… it works with deeper contemplative features of direct perception, sensibility, insight, and season… we tune into the tension of impermanence and poignancy… for example, an out-of-season oak leaf still clings to the branch, then blows off and lands on the snow, then there is a light snowfall and some gathers on the leaf…

Our recommendation is this:…do not go out looking for Visual Haiku. That will yank you out of the contemplative mindset and plop you into a hunting mindset. This balance is always tricky in Nalanda Miksang, but especially with Visual Haiku. it is better to simply head out and explore nature. You will recognize a visual haiku when you see it if you tune into these sensibilities but not by looking for it…

As a group, we have explored Visual Haiku a few times in the past. Feel free to click on the link below to watch the slide show we shared a couple years ago to gain a better understanding of the concept. It was an April shoot, so the images will cool you down but they are a good starting point, especially for our newer members.

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Looking forward to connecting with you all in early September. I will post a reminder closer to the date and will encourage you then to indicate your participation and send me an email for the ZOOM link for September 3rd. Sharing it this early will just have you lose it. Meanwhile, go out, explore, be inspired and perceive the subtle changes in nature! Happy Miksang practice. Anna & Vaughn