For thousands of years, a spoken wisdom tradition has been kept alive by men and women of the highest realisation. A lineage which had previously been kept in strict secrecy has slowly begun to be revealed by great Tibetan teachers, because they know the time has come.

One of the wisdom tools that has been offered to us generously is that of meditation. This process is not what has come to be known as 'mindfulness', but a more subtle set of instructions which include a motivation of being of true benefit to all beings, the main practice itself, and a closing seal of dedication which takes into account the illusory nature of all apparently solid phenomena, including our own selves.

Science bears out the facts that are spoken of in these teachings, though they go beyond science as it is commonly taught. What is being spoken of is a kind of artistry of the mind, and one that can inform absolutely every act we engage in, whether it be sitting, walking, eating, making love, dancing, playing a violin, or even housecleaning, driving a car, and brushing a dog.

Practise of the three stages of motivation, meditation and dedication can be applied to all arts activities. They are in fact an ideal format for working with in meditation. If we apply ourselves to this practise on a regular basis, we find that the art which results has a different quality than that which emerges from an uninspired mind. By planting the seeds of kindness, awareness, spaciousness and humour, the studio becomes a very conducive environment for a special kind of friendship, one which supports the awareness, sanity, wisdom and beauty each of us carries within.

Each of us is a treasure-bearer, a buddha (in hiding) and by using the wisdom tools skilfully, it is possible to see her. Like plants, we flourish in warmth and light. With wakefulness we will come to know ourselves.