John-AuthorJohn McQuade is a long time meditator, meditation instructor, and Shambhala Training director in the Shambhala tradition. He is one of the founders of Miksang Contemplative Photography, which he has presented for thirty years. He is the most senior teacher of the Nalanda Miksang school. He practices Taoist Qi-gong and writes on the contemplative arts. He holds an M.A in Phenomenology and a PhD in Social and Political Thought.




Miriam-AuthorMiriam Hall is certified to hold all the Nalanda Miksang teachings, and is a Nalanda Miksang teacher trainer and senior teacher. She travels internationally to teach Nalanda Miksang, Shambhala Art and Contemplative Writing, and increasingly offers mentoring and teaching online. She is a meditator and tantrika in the Shambhala tradition. For more information on her courses and philosophy, visit




Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is not a co-author of this book, but his founding teachings on dharma art are absolutely key to the practice of Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography.

Trungpa Rinpoche was a Tibetan tulku who escaped Tibet and found his way to India, the UK and finally, to North America, where he established the Shambhala lineage. He had deep respect for the traditional contemplative arts, and found them a fundamental part of practice: flower arranging, calligraphy, and tea. He also was curious about taking more contemporary forms – including theater, dance and photography – and applying the important teachings of meditation and contemplation to them.

For more on Chogyam Trungpa’s life and legacy, please visit the Shambhala website.