Welcome to the galleries. At the core of Nalanda Miksang practice is getting in touch with perception and reality as it is – rather than as we wish it to be. Level I is a training to reach Level II – please see examples galleries below of Level I images. These Level II images are here to whet your whistle for what comes next.

Color

Color is the very first assignment in Nalanda Miksang Level I. The assignment title is Color as Color – seeing pure color perceptions, rather than objects that have color. One slogan that relates to this is “Fire engine red, not a red fire engine.”

 

Light

Since Nalanda Miksang is a photographic form, light plays a complex and integral role. In Level I, we investigate all of the traditional aspects of light: Patch of Light, Patch of Shadow; Front Light; Side Light; and Back Light. But we play with them in a more perceptual way, filling the frame with the direct experience of light. We have also included examples of light leading into Level II, which happens somewhat naturally.

Patch of Light, Patch of Shadow

Front Light

Side Light

Back Light

Opening Up Light

 

Texture

Texture in Nalanda Miksang is special – we want to see the actual, visual experience of texture. Not a concept of texture – eg we know those bricks are rough – but rather, a sensation as if our eyes can physically feel what it would be like to touch the surface.

 

Pattern

Pattern is the simplest assignment in Nalanda Miksang Level I. It often overlaps with texture, color, and even light and shadow. But the main perception in a pattern photograph is in fact the pattern.

 

Space

The purely visual, direct experience of space can be tricky for the human eye to recognize. But it is possible. Here, in the final assignments, we look at the nature of perception itself. What is it like to notice nothing? Or what seems like “nothing” to the eye – when the eye can rest, isn’t stimulated or distracted, and the overall space is soft and relaxed?

 

Dot-in-Space

This is the hallmark teaching of Nalanda Miksang. In Level I it is quite formal, introducing us to the simple experience of our eyes being drawn to something in the foreground (dot) that is not like the background (space). However, as we see in Level II, Dot-in-Space opens up quickly and proves to be the core manifestation of perception itself.

Dot-in-Space as Level I

Dot-in-Space as Level II