Graceful Appearance

by Michael Wood & Julie Dubose

August 7–September 27, 2015
Meet the Artist Reception: Friday, August 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday  10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Naropa University's is honored to display Graceful Appearance in the Nalanda Gallery on the Nalanda Campus. The exhibition is a collection of photographic images in the Miksang Contemplative Photography tradition by Michael Wood and Julie DuBose. These images express the freshness of direct visual perception. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist, and scholar Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. “Good” means that the mind is uncluttered by preoccupation, relaxed and open. Its innate nature is clear, brilliant, and extremely precise. With our eye, mind, and heart fully unified and engaged in the present moment, we can see the world as it manifests to us and express the experience of seeing in this way with our camera.

Michael Wood is the original founder and principal developer of the Miksang Training Curriculum. He is one of the originators of the Contemplative Photography movement in modern photography and has been developing, practicing and teaching Miksang Contemplative Photography for the past 30 years in North America and Europe.

Julie DuBose is the Co-Founder and Director of The Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography and Miksang Publications. She began co-teaching with Michael in 2005 and for the last ten years has been collaborating in the development and refinement of the Miksang Training curriculum. Julie became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. Further information about Miksang Contemplative Photography, courses, and books is available at