Dharma Arts: At the Intersection of Creativity and Compassion
Join accomplished local artists who are also Buddhist contemplative (Dharma) practitioners as they “show and tell” – speak and perform – their work, both exploring, and demonstrating, the creative process. Additionally, Joseph Bobrow, Roshi of Deep Streams Zen Institute, will facilitate and lead periods of sitting and walking meditation.
For millenia, art has flourished within a panoply of Buddhist traditions: From the grottos at Datong, to the brushstrokes of calligraphers, from the haiku of Basho, to the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks. Join us as our award-winning presenters bring to life their poems, operas, thangkas, dance compositions, photographs, and writing — inviting all of us to keep alive our own creative imagination in these uncertain times.
This program is co-sponsored by Deep Streams Zen Institute (www.deepstreams.org) and the Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
A limited number of scholarships are available (please contact: LCBARBER355@gmail.com for scholarship information only)
Joseph Bobrow is the author of three books, Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans And Nations (foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama), Zen And Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation (comments by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh), and After Midnight: Poems of Love and Death (Fisher King Press, January, 2017). He also co-translated Thich Nhat Hanh’s Guide To Walking Meditation. Joseph is a Zen master and Roshi of Deep Streams Zen Institute in Santa Barbara, which offers Zen Buddhist practice, interdisciplinary education, and peace-building programs that implement new integrative models of transforming suffering. For ten years, Coming Home Project, a community service of Deep Streams Zen Institute, helped thousands of post-9/11 service members, veterans, families, and caregivers transform the unseen injuries of war. A retired psychoanalyst, Joseph now serves on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute and teaches locally and around the world.
Dan Gerber’s most recent book, Sailing through Cassiopeia, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012, won the 2013 Book of the year Award in Poetry from The Society of Midland Authors. His Trying To Catch The Horses, published by Michigan State University Press, received Foreword Magazine’s 1999 Gold Medal Book of the Year Award in poetry, and A Primer on Parallel Lives, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2007, won a 2008 Michigan Notable Book Award. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Georgia Review, Narrative, and in numerous anthologies. He has published six earlier collections of poems, including A Last Bridge Home: New and Selected Poems (Clark City Press), three novels, most recently, A Voice from the River; Grass Fires, a collection of short stories, and a book on the Indianapolis 500. His work has been selected for Best American Poetry, and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He received The Michigan Author Award in 1992 and The Mark Twain Award in 2001 A volume of his selected essays, A Second Life, published in 2001, was a finalist for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Published by an Independent or University Press. He and his wife, Debbie, live in the Santa Ynez, Valley on California’s Central Coast.
Joel Feigin is Professor Emeritus of Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a student of Zen Buddhism. He studied with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau, and with Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School. Early in his career, as an Aaron Copland-ASCAP fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Feigin received the Dimitri Mitropoulos Prize in Composition. An accomplished pianist and accompanist, Feigin studied with Rosina Lhevine, and worked at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Nico Castel. The Joel Feigin Collection at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center opened in 2011. Leonard Bernstein once said to Joel, “You’re a hopeless romantic.”
Feigin’s compositions have been widely praised for their “strong impact, as logical in musical design as they are charged with emotion and drama.” (Opera Magazine). Feigin’s most recent opera, Twelfth Night, based on Shakespeare’s comedy, commissioned by Long Leaf Opera and chosen for the New York City Opera’s VOX Showcase series and Opera America’s New Works Sampler, has been produced in Chicago, North Carolina, and Southern California, where it was hailed as a “glittering masterpiece” by critic Dan Kepl. Feigin’s music has been extensively performed throughout Europe, Asia, and America.
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a contemporary American textile artist and caretaker of a sacred Tibetan tradition. She stitches bits of silk into elaborate figurative mosaics that bring the transformative images of Buddhist meditation to life. Trained in Dharamsala, India in traditional apprenticeship to appliqué master T.G. Dorjee Wangdu, she participated in the creation of silk thangkas for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Tantric College, Sogyal Rinpoche, and others. His Holiness said that Rinchen-Wongmo’s work was “Very beautiful. Very well done,” and encouraged her to use this Tibetan art form to inspire people of other cultures and religions. Her thangkas have been exhibited internationally in museums, juried art shows, dharma centers, and at the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival, and featured in magazines such as FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, and Spirituality & Health. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of very few women creating her own silk thangkas and perhaps the only one passing the skill on to others. Through her Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program, she teaches the sacred craft to women around the globe, helping them connect the spiritual and creative threads in their own lives.
Muwon Heena Yoon is a composer, pianist, researcher of music and dance, and music educator. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in music composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under Professors Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow. She focuses on interdisciplinary, collaborative artworks combining music, literature, visual art, theater, and especially dance. Among her work, Ho’oponopono was hailed as “absolutely brilliant and experimental sound, perfectly fit to dance” by the art review magazine Dance and Opera, Seoul, South Korea.Created for the Sound and Movement project, this piece was released on CD and introduced to ImplulsTanz, the international modern dance festival in Vienna, Austria. Her theater-dance piece From Your Old Bookshelves was performed in NYC first and at the UCSB new library opening ceremony in collaboration with choreographer Christina McCarthy, in front of the Lament, an artwork of the antique book collection by Nancy Gifford. Her piano solo piece Voice and a Fountain Pen, composed on choreographic images, was performed in Germany and UK.
Larry Barber is a 20-year veteran of Hollywood. He wrote and produced Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, among the highest-rated television series in syndication. Additionally, he has produced and written numerous TV shows, such as X-Files, Cagney & Lacey, Nash Bridges, The Commish, Seven Days, Profiler, 21 Jump Street, Roar, First Wave, The Net, WitchBlade, and the political thriller Meltdown, which aired on FX Network. His work won the Imagen Award, for positive portrayal of Latinos in the media, and inspired more than 4,000 people to join Amnesty International. He also is recognized by the Writers Guild of America as a writer of one of the 101 best written television series. In film, Larry wrote scripts for Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, and Quincy Jones.
Barbara Parmet has been using a camera for 45 years. Her photographic constructions include animal, human, plant and and earth patterns and designs. Barbara has trained in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajryana traditions. She makes use of natural forms as symbols of life and death. The fleeting fragility of life is the theme throughout her work.