Michael Wood is the original founder and principal developer of the Miksang Training curriculum at the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography in Boulder, Colorado, and one of the originators of the Contemplative Photography movement in modern photography.
An award-winning commercial photographer in Toronto for 18 years, Michael eventually began to combine his photographic training, meditation experience, and the Dharma/Shambhala Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. The synthesis of these three components formed the basis of the Miksang Contemplative Photography approach. The Miksang approach shows us that with our eye, mind, and heart fully unified and engaged in the present moment, we can see the world as it manifests around us and express this experience of seeing with our camera.
Michael worked closely with the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, the Dharma heir of Trungpa Rinpoche, to develop the Miksang teachings. He is coauthor, with Andy Karr, of The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes, author of Graceful Appearance: Passion, Perception, Expression, and author of Opening the Good Eye: A Path to True Seeing. He teaches the Miksang Training Process throughout the world.