Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche is a teacher in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition and an abstract painter.
In his book Natural Vitality, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche speaks about how the creative process and meditation can merge.
The essential practice of meditation is to allow the mind to express itself freely without fear or judgment. In each moment of awareness we encounter impressions of the outer world through our sense perception as well as our inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions. When, through the process of meditation, we are able to let this incredible array of experience be, without trying to reject what we fear or pull in what we feel attracted to – when we relax into experience without trying to manipulate it in any way – we have a complete experience of mind, naked and unaltered. Art, when it is free of such notions of beauty and ugliness, ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ can be used to express this complete experience of mind. When art evolves from this understanding it provides the possibility for those who see it to also experience the natural and unfabricated nature of their own awareness. –Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Abstract art presents a great opportunity to test the mind with the rochig view. Rochig means one taste, which in this context refers to letting all that is readily available come into the mind and then creating art from those thoughts and feelings without discriminating between them. So much is experienced in such a short period of time and that is the source of creation. Art then becomes a mirror of the artist’s mind on a deep level, and the viewer can experience that mind at a glance or in an instant. That is the magic of creation. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
The role of the artist is to stop creating and allow experience to unfold in a natural way – creative energy is innate and spontaneously present. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche