Miksang : visual haiku

a note.

What is Miksang?

Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings.

Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting.


As we allow ourselves to become more available to the things around us without the biases, filters and formulas often associated with photography, our experience and expression of day-to-day moments becomes more rich and endlessly varied—beyond what we think. One moment. One image. Graceful Appearance.

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"Good" here doesn’t mean good as we usually use the word, as in good or bad. Good here means that our mind is uncluttered by preoccupation, relaxed and open. Its innate nature is clear, brilliant, and extremely precise. When steady mind, clear vision and soft heart come together in one single moment, miksang manifests. It is vision that is inherently pure, unobstructed, unblocked, free of depression, free of aggression, free of interpretation. Free altogether.

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When we synchronize eye and mind, we abandon all concepts and predispositions and become completely present in the moment. The world becomes a magical display of vivid perception. We can develop the ability to experience and express these experiences precisely through the practice of contemplative photography.

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  1. Diaan

    I recently had someone point out to me that much of my work could be classified as 'miksang'. Hearing this made me think about how I go about photography, and I realised that much of my work was indeed made in the sort of mind state described in the text above. (Which I copied from the miksang.com website.)

  2. lebogang nkoane

    I like that.

  3. Thato Sehlabela

    What Lebogang said. This is how it should, ideally, be. We should all try this

  4. Lebogang Ditibane

    Miksang. Don't know how close or far I'm from it, but I will work for it.
    Thanks for the education

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