Since the time of the Neolithic European cave drawings and aboriginal rock paintings, the Arts have been an integral part of spiritual expression, evoking the deepest human passions and emotions, as well as our connection to other dimensions.  What makes art sacred? What kinds of transcendent states and spiritual realms have artists tried to invoke and evoke? Does the creative spirit lie within the artist, or is it channeled through the artist from a higher power?

This episode of Global Spirit seeks answers to these questions by looking at various sacred art forms, and by engaging with artists keenly aware of the spiritual aspect of the creative process. We follow the work and teachings of Buddhist Lama Lhanang Rinpoche and Pueblo Indian sculptor Estella Loretto. Lama Lhanang, who leads a circle of Buddhist practitioners in Los Angeles, creates paintings that depict Buddhist figures and teachings, while Estella sculpts according to the dictates of her Native American spirit and sensibility. Visually engaging and emotionally uplifting, this episode imparts new insights and discoveries about sacred art and the creative spirit from spiritual traditions hailing from parts of the world as seemingly disconnected as Tibet and the American Southwest.

Lama Lhanang Rinpoche’s website
Estella Loretto’s website

7 thoughts on “Art and the Creative Spirit

  1. An enjoyable experience, getting a glimpse into the lives of Conscious and Creative people who have been willing to come forth and share in these discussions of various relevant and spiritual aspects of their lives and life in general. So glad to see film series like this made available to the general public; well worth my investment in Amazon Prime membership to have easy access to meaningful film such as this. I particularly enjoyed the discussions of music, art and mysticism.

  2. This was beautiful show. I could feel Estella magic through her arts. When she cut her beautiful scrupture into pieces, I could feel the release of hurt pour out of me. Her pieces especially “Faith” and “Unfolding Blessings” really had an effect which is hard to put into words…I wish I could describe my emotions..I do know something was released while I watched this show and it felt good going out. I may never know what but I do know it was a Blessing. This program was on 3:00am..I was meant to watch it. Thank you Lord

  3. I was disappointed with this show because I got the distinct sense that Ms. Loretto is ingenuine. I perceived her as repressed and in denial of the realities of ordinary people’s lives. She came across to me as too comfortable in her career. It seemed as if she was speaking to wealthy investors – note she challenged the Lama regarding his “upsetting” painting, asking him Did it SELL?

    Lama Rinpoche, on the other hand, I saw as quite genuine in his view of reality and its expression in his creative work. I would like to have seen another guest who might complement what the Lama was trying to say rather than imply that artists should only create “feel good” things.

  4. It’s funny. I enjoyed the show very much after having discovered it by accident, but I got exactly the same impression as the previous poster. Still, I learned a great deal, was given much to think about & was impressed with several pieces of the art shown, by both people.

  5. Like AZrtist, I too had a “huh” reaction to Estella Loretto’s question about the sale of his art. But I don’t see her as “ingenuine”, only less evolved spiritually. Her work is beautiful, but not as beautiful as Rinpochet’s words.

  6. thank you for trying,
    may be it can work out better if you try again with other people, from enother angel of creativity and spirituallity……
    thanks again.

  7. As an artist who practices hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word, I came to learn some interesting elements about the art I create. Granted I am still continuing my journey…

    1. When we (artists) are on stage, we try to live in the present moment to embody the art. In other words, to become one with the piece
    2. The art behind traditional oral story telling is to let the story live in our blood,so it can be passed down to generation to generation
    3. Art is for people who need it, thus it comes from the heart.

    That said, I would love to have a conversation with both Loretta and Lama (especially) about their greatest fear. Now, my fear is losing the passion in what I do. I am wondering how they would combat this. Ultimately, the answer to my question lies within my personal being.

    Also, and to conclude with, Lama is absolutely right when he says that art comes from inside (the heART) not the mind. I think this is the very problem today when creative writing is taught in schools…

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