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July 25 2017 Publication Date for Heart of Photography

We are in final proof stages for Heart of Photography! This week we got our proofs to the designer, and next week we will sign them off. The book should be available for pre-sales as of July 15, and then for sale and delivery July 25.

We thank all our donors and supporters for your patience. This is where we will post the sales link when we get it, and of course, we will spread it all over social media. This is a beautiful book, and an exciting occurrence. More very, very soon!

Just in case you weren’t excited enough, here are two advanced praises for Heart of Photography:

In this beautiful second volume on the Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography training series, Miriam Hall and John McQuade lead us step by step into the ordinary magic of perception. They offer us a lens through which we can discover what it means to connect with the world around us through the heart to our direct experience of present moment communication. I’m deeply grateful for their dedication to these teachings and highly recommend this book.

Shambhala Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman, author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals


The Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography practice of Level Two is both a traditional and modern way to connect with ordinary magic, which is the enlightened experience of art in everyday life. Through a regular practice of seeing, spontaneous awareness peels away the layers of delusion and depression that separates us from being in the present moment. Each step of the practice clarifies perception and attunes us with our inner awareness and experience of the world.

Emma JM. Ates, BFA, DTATI, Art Psychotherapist, Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography instructor, and author of the book Contemplative photo therapy: Group intervention for youth with anxiety disorders.

Heart of Photography due out July 1, 2017!


Our second volume is at the designers now, and we are contemplating covers and layouts. It should be available to the public as of July 1. We will be posting links for pre-sales here and all over social media; donors should get their copies before then.

To read a blog post with a few excerpts of the new book, visit one of Miriam’s blogs (Inside Space) here.

Look for us on Facebook, which is the social media place we are most active. Here’s a link to our public page for Nalanda Miksang International, the Way of Seeing books page, and the Way of Seeing group page (where you can post images and get feedback from both Miriam and John!).

More very soon!

Looking and Seeing course on Shambhala Online, February 15, 2016.


For the second time, Shambhala Online is offering a Nalanda Miksang Level One course – aka Looking and Seeing. This course uses the text but also allows students a chance to share their photos with one another and includes a live call every week for six weeks with Miriam Hall, co-author of Looking and Seeing.

For more information or to register:


Class on Shambhala Online, starting August 27, 2015

2. Pattern of Many Patterns


Shambhala Online is offering a first-time class to accompany the new book with co-author Miriam Hall.

Follow this link for information and registration. This part-live, part social media-based class will allow readers a chance to share in groups, have lively discussions and go deeper with the practice in a social way. Sign up soon!

Now Available!


You can buy a copy from our Create Space site or on

Encourage your local libraries and bookstores to carry it. Contact us for information on bulk purchases.

Due out May 1, 2015!

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We have approved the cover (above) and the interior is going through its final changes. Link to buy the book should be up in next week or so, and official release is May 1! Thanks for your excitement and support. Keep coming back to check for changes in the website – slideshow galleries, quotes from book and Chogyam Trungpa, and more.

Publication Update February 2015

Hello and welcome to the website for the forthcoming book, Way of Seeing.

We are in the final stages of preparing to publish. The book, in other words, is almost there. Phew. Our hope is to have it available to order by April 1, 2015.

What do the final stages of putting out a book like this look like? Setting up our imprint: Drala Image Press. Line editing, which means paying folks to comb through the entire text looking for tiny inconsistencies and errors: are the same things always capitalized, are the apostrophes correct, etc, etc.

At the same time, we have a design team working on the cover and preparing the insides. The book has a smaller number of photos (fifty) than a lot of “photography” books – that’s because the main focus for this book, like the main focus for Nalanda Miksang overall – is about the practice, the view and the reflections. Pictures are important – significant! – but it is, after all, contemplative photography, not photography that happens to be contemplative. Contemplation is first and foremost in our minds, hearts and so in also the book.

We will keep you posted here and on social media. Miriam will be launching a Facebook page for the book and there’s already one for Nalanda Miksang, so find us there! As soon as we have a newsletter you can sign up for, we will make it.

Thanks for your interest and keep checking back as we fill in and enliven the website and news.

Miriam and John