a path to stillness and awakening

New at the artisans’ gallery – photographer Dan Dhruva Baumbach

For Dan, art  – and art appreciation – is a path to stillness and awakening.

These days I love to spend my time in nature wandering around with my camera.  I still get very quiet and just respond to the beauty I see in front of me.  Sometimes I’ll take photographs of what I am seeing and sometimes not.


Photograph by Dan Dhruva Baumbach


What I’m doing in photographs is capturing my experience.  If you look at my photos and are stopped, then I’ve been successful.

People like to talk about spiritual art but I don’t like to make differences.  To me the purpose of any art is to stop you and take you out of yourself.

– Dan Dhruva Baumbach



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Dan Dhruva Baumbach at the artisans’ gallery


let your subject find you

wherever the eye falls is the face of creation

water seeing water

New at the artisans’ galleryLisa Gakyo Shaewe

Water practices and validates water; therefore there is a study of water speaking water. We must bring to realization the path on which the self encounters the self. We must move back and forth along the vital path on which the other studies and fully comprehends the other, and then leap free.

Eihei Dōgen


Lisa Gakyo Shaewe - No Abiding

No Abiding


Letting mySelf melt into water itSelf. Living again and again the resilience and support of frozen states that divide and reflect and in time always crack, giving way to formlessness with no boundaries that can be defined.

– Lisa Gakyo Shaewe

Lisa an artist working in photography and mixed media. She’s also a board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor and an adjunct faculty / meditation instructor at Naropa University. She lives in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Please visit her page to see more of her stunning photography and read her comments about her creative practice.


Lisa Gakyo Shaewe at the artisans’ gallery

Related: the tao of water

the tao of water

John Daido Loori - Water of the Ten Directions

Water of Ten Directions


Painter, brush, canvas, image, subject–they are not many.

The painter is the brush, the image is the painter, the subject is the object, the canvas is the paint.

Those things only separate themselves when we separate them by the way we use our mind.

John Daido Loori Roshi, The Eight Gates of Zen

Image copyright © 2008 John Daido Loori Roshi, all rights reserved

Image source

The Tao of Water
a must-see online exhibition of Daido Roshi’s photography

John Daido Loori at the artisans’ gallery

let your subject find you

hearing with the eye

vale, Daido Roshi

in a nutshell …


The mind thinks that there is an observer, an independent you,
and that is what is doing the observing.

But really there isn’t someone who is observing.

Consciousness is conscious.

Awareness is aware.

Observing is observing.

– Adyashanti



More from Adyashanti:

seeing from silence

Milosz, Lawrence, Einstein and Adyashanti on nondual awareness

In a similar vein:

everything is this Knowing

carse, katz, and the vast view