Latest news from Imagine Clarity
October 23rd, 2018
The first course of Creative Journey, where Maria João Pires shares her reflections on music and life, now features videos edited in longer format including previously unpublished content in the last two modules. Additional text and visuals are provided to further support the interviews.
Its first module, “Listening to life”, is available to all Imagine Clarity subscribers.
In a new series primarily for amateur pianists, Maria and her student practice a variation from Clara Schumann followed by the Fantastic Waltz, Albumblätter op. 124 from Robert Schumann. Maria tells him he needs to be aware of the sounds, colors, phrasing, dynamics while engaging his body, breath and hand movements:
“Even if you practice a lot, if your body movements aren’t right and if you practice only with the brain, you will end up always repeating the same mistakes… We need to practice very slowly, always being aware of the musical phrasing and conscious of our body movements.”
The videos have optional French subtitles accessible through the “CC” button.
October 18th, 2018
Charles’s new series for meditation, reflection, and training the mind, entitled Knowing yourself to know the world, invites us to explore areas of our daily experience which ordinarily we might reject or not notice. A clearer understanding of our own subjective experience naturally transforms our relationships with others and our vision of the world.
September 27th, 2018
Matthieu Ricard has been involved in Emergences, a yearly gathering in Brussels, since its inception ten years ago. For this year’s edition he was joined as usual by his dear friends Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien, Maria João Pires and founder Ilios Kotsu, along with other meditators, musicians, artists and engaged activists in the fields of education, ecology, animal welfare, care for the disadvantaged etc.
The theme of this year’s gathering was “Taking Care of Life” which clearly expresses the collective atmosphere, strongly focused on altruism in action. Many members of the audience already give their time and energy to projects to help others. Profits from the event go to Karuna Shechen, the NGO founded by Matthieu to help disadvantaged communities in Nepal India and Tibet.
Charles Hastings was joined by American author and meditation teacher Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal for a week in the beautiful lakeside setting of the Fraueninsel in Bavaria, as “contemplative fellows” at the Mind & Life Europe Summer Retreat Institute, meditating every day with this gathering of scientific researchers and philosophers. The theme was Kinship, Conflict and Compassion. It was remarkable to see a group of scientists with a deep interest in the subtle science of first-person inner experience, and a heartfelt commitment to creating a better world.
Elizabeth emphasized the interdependence of all phenomena and its implications for our perceptions. Charles indicated the way in which, by drawing on our own innate capacity for empathy and compassion, we can come to see everyone as part of our own group, with whom we feel a natural sense of solidarity.
September 25th, 2018
The music and meditation concerts in Arles with Matthieu Ricard and Maria Joao Pires were a great success. The ancient roman amphitheater was filled on both evenings. Matthieu took the moods of the inspiringly rendered music as a basis for meditations on love, compassion, joy and impartiality, culminating in a moment of simple clarity and peace.
Charles led a guided meditation in the vast bamboo pavilion on the banks of the Rhône, surrounded by Matthieu’s photos. It was a great pleasure to meet members of our community, some of whom had come a long way for the occasion.
July 20th, 2018
Creative Journey with Maria João Pires is an innovative new program for pianists and music lovers.
In the intimate setting of her beautiful country retreat Maria João Pires exchanges with her students and friends. In Creative Journey you can discover her insights on the technical aspects of music, the nuances of interpretation, the role of the artist in society and the potential that music offers for a meaningful and compassionate life. Creative Journey is a must for pianists and of great interest for all lovers of classical music.
The initial Creative Journey release is now available for you to discover at imagineclarity.com/music. The first part, Music and Ethical Life, in which Maria shares her vision of life and her values, is available free to all Imagine Clarity meditation subscribers.
July 7th, 2018
Please note that the meditation in Arles on July 29th will be at 9:00 AM as originally planned and not 9:30. Ticketing is now open here.
Meditation for All with Charles Hastings and Imagine Clarity will be a group meditation, open to everyone. We see this as a beautiful moment of solidarity and sharing. Non-meditators can learn how to meditate in a simple and accessible way. We encourage all members of our community for whom it is not too far to come along with friends.
Meditation will take place in the bamboo pavilion, surrounded by Matthieu’s photos of the Himalayas. The innovative design of this extraordinary space means that we will keep cool without air conditioning! It is important to book in advance because space is limited.
Let us know if you would like to come (and if you need translation in English). We are looking forward to meeting you.
July 6th, 2018
Music and meditation evenings with Maria João Pires and Matthieu Richard on July 28th and 29th at 8:30 PM in the Théâtre Antique, a Roman amphitheater dating from 12 BC. Maria João Pires will play a selection of preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Matthieu will share his reflections and meditations. The Art of the Fugue and the Art of Meditation is a meeting of two worlds promises to be an unforgettable event. We note that both Maria João Pires and Matthieu are now limiting their public appearances, and this is an exceptional opportunity to see and hear them both together.
For more info and tickets: CONTEMPLATION is an event combining art and spirituality through photography, architecture, music and meditation.
July 5th, 2018
The beautiful ancient city of Arles in France hosts a major photography festival every year. From July 2nd to September 23rd, the CONTEMPLATION event will showcase a series of Matthieu Ricard’s photos in extra-large black and white format in a vast meditative space, a 1000 m² monumental bamboo structure on the banks of the Rhône designed by the architect Simón Vélez. You will recognize some of these beautiful images from the Imagine Clarity app. Printed on huge sheets of traditional Japanese Awagami paper, in such an evocative setting, their presence is truly remarkable.
“Matthieu’s camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these fleeting and eternal images.”
June 25th, 2018
Now available: Everyday Meditations is a series of simple 15- and 30-minute practices to come back to day after day, based on Charles’ Foundation course. Repeating the same practice every day is the time-honored way to build confidence and develop stability. View course.
June 20th, 2018
Upcoming: The ability to sustain close mindfulness is a learned skill that offers profound benefits in all situations. In this last installment of the Insights Through Mindfulness course, we stabilize our awareness against habitual reactions, examine mental phenomena nakedly, sharpen our perceptions without becoming attached and ultimately, see all phenomena just as they are. Available end of July 2018.