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Updated on May 2nd, 2017

The Moose Jaw Camera Club started a new special interest group in October 2016 where members explore the art of Miksang Photography. We meet every first Saturday at 10:30 am at Mitsu Cafe on Main Street – Open to all active MJCC members! – Please remember that we are occupying space in a business. Consider supporting this business with the purchase of a beverage or snack.

Please note: The regular meeting on May 6th is cancelled due to the Miksang Level 1 Workshop with John McQuade.

Next regular group gathering: June 3rd, 2017 – this will be the last get-together for the club year. Miksang will resume in September 2017.


Miksang Level 1 workshop: Sat. May 6th and Sun. May 7th, 2017 – John McQuade has confirmed! At this time all 15 spots are filled. If you are interested in participating let Anna know as soon as possible. We have a waiting list.

Workshop Fee: $ 95 / person / weekend
Payment for the workshop is due at the April 3rd meeting.

To strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the concept of Miksang. Surf the net for a few concise YouTube videos and various informative articles. Also google “Nalanda Miksang” – this is the proper term for this contemplative practice. There are a number of excellent books on the subject. Consider picking one of them up or borrow them from the library.



After several meetings it became apparent that a few misconceptions about Miksang have developed. It is not about making the image and then cropping it or omitting the “stuff you don’t want in the image”. It is all about the meditative aspects of each exercise and developing the “Good Eye”, the literal translation of Miksang.

Check out this website. Miriam Hall, the co-author of “Looking and Seeing” (details below in the book list). She states the following:

Miksang: Mindful Perception

Miksang is a form of contemplative photography based on the perception teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is a full practice, with much training and application, and is passed on from teacher to student.

More than an art form, Miksang is a vehicle for realization of the here and now.

Below are a few excellent links for your reference:

Check out this Miksang website. Or, to appreciate images, google “Miksang Images” and be inspired.

The following books are highly recommended and make for a richly informative read:
Looking and Seeing…” by John McQuade and Miriam Hall
The Practice of Contemplative Photography” by Andy Karr and Michael Wood
Opening the Good Eye” by Michael Wood
Effortless Beauty” by Julie duBose

This group was initiated by Vaughn Taylor and Anna Hergert and anyone joining is strongly encouraged to contribute insights and goals. Meetings will consist of discussing the Miksang concept, short sharing sessions (everyone is expected to contribute throughout the year) followed by a hands-on photography session set to a theme. Interested? Come out to the next meeting and check us out!

Images for this slideshow on the theme “Dot in Space” generously provided by S. Dodd, V. Taylor, A. & C. Hergert, L. Kozack, T. Dirkson, J. Bell, B. Schultz, P. Selinger, J. Stevens.

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