Moon and Sun: Introduction to Contemplative Haiku and Aesthetics

with John McQuade

November 5 - December 3

Moon and Sun Contemplative Haiku and Aesthetics


The moon and sun are travelers through eternity.

Even the days wander…each day is a journey and the journey itself is home.


No writing experience necessary!

This course introduces the classic form and expression of Contemplative Haiku which situates an occasioned “now” within the vast cosmos of Nature.

The course also includes a consideration of the sublime aesthetics of the Japanese contemplatives - such as sabi, wabi and yugen – as well as the elemental aesthetics of the Chinese contemplatives. Further we consider the Shambhala teachings on “ordinary magic” and “authentic presence” as energetic ways that inform contemplative practice

This Zoom course proceeds through teachings, haiku assignments and reviews.

Each participant will have the opportunity to connect with John McQuade directly via email and to share your haiku in the context of live Zoom sessions.   

For those interested, this course opens participation in the ongoing 'Moon and Sun' community of haiku practitioners.

Course Schedule

All sessions are held LIVE on Zoom.

All sessions will be held on Saturdays from 11am - 1pm Eastern.

Dates: Five Saturdays, from November 5th through December 3rd, 2022.



Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


About John McQuade

John McQuade is the founder of Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography  and AbsoluteEye: photography as Modern Art.

He holds a PhD in phenomenology and has taught at many institutions such as Trent University, York University, the Omega Institute and the Haliburton School of Art.

He is a long-time meditation student of the renowned Buddhist and Shambhala Master Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. In this context, he is a certified meditation instructor, Shambhala Training teacher and Maitri Space awareness facilitator.

He is the co-author of two books: Looking and Seeing and Heart of Photography. 

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