Chögyam Trungpa in Dharma Art

We have to be honest, real, and very earthy; and we need to really appreciate things are they are. They are so beautiful and wonderful already, but in order to appreciate that, it takes time and discipline. (p.3)

The main point of dharma art is discovering elegance. And that is a question of a state of mind. (p.5)

Artistic talent is somewhat related to the level of passion, or heightened interest in the intriguing qualities of things. Inquisitiveness is the opposite of aggression. (p.15)

Harmony has to be related to some sense of lusciousness or richness. That is one aspect of harmony. The other aspect is a sense of spaciousness and openness. (p.17)

The art of meditative experience might be called genuine art. Such art is not designed for exhibition of broadcast. Instead, it is a perpetually growing process in which we begin to appreciate our surroundings in life, whatever, they may be – it doesn't necessarily have to be good, beautiful, and pleasurable at all. The definition of art, from this point of view, is to be able to see the uniqueness of everyday experience. (p.27)

Art involves relating with oneself and one's phenomenal world gracefully. In this case, the word gracefully has the sense of nonaggression, gentleness, and upliftedness; that is, a basic attitude of cheerfulness. It is important in becoming artists to make sure that we do not pollute this world; moreover, as artists we can actually beautify the world. (p.104)