Stone Water Spirit
L Alben

Bodhisattvas live in communion
with and in service of countless
living beings who, even closer
than parents and children, are
esssentially their own intimate
consciousness.... Thus the con-
secrated heart of love is identical
with the clear mind of transcen-
dent insight.

from the Prajnaparamita Sutra

For many years, Lisa Dale Miller has produced paintings, installations, performance art, web installations, and video art focusing on social, political, and spiritual issues; a direct externalization of her over thirty years of yogic and vipassana meditation practice. Originally from New York, Lisa moved to Los Gatos, CA in 1995 from Tokyo, Japan. During her three years in Japan, she completed two solo shows, including her 1993 solo “Family Values” paintings exhibition and lecture tour sponsored by the American Embassy at the American Centers in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. The paintings deconstructed the term “family values” and Lisa lectured on Feminism in Art in America and Japan. Subsequently, she also exhibited installation artworks as well as video/performance artworks in four group shows in Tokyo and Kyoto. Since her return to the United States, Lisa has exhibited her paintings and installations in museums and galleries in Taos, San Francisco, Sacramento, Mountain View, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara. In 2000, she created and implemented a two-month drumming therapy project for children in Category 5 (worst destruction) villages in Kosovo for Catholic Relief Services.

Lisa has been on exhibition hiatus since 2002 to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She is currently a licensed MFT in private practice, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. Throughout this time Lisa has continued to produce paintings and works on paper. 2007 marks Lisa's long overdue return to the art world. Please visit her web site for information.

Entangled Heart
Acrylic on washi
9.5" x 11.5"

©2007 Lisa Dale Miller








Lisa's Statement

The Sacred Heart: The Bodhisattvic World of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation beautifully illustrate the reality that in the Buddhist literature mind and heart are not separate; rather a sacred complex of one mind/heart. Seating oneself firmly in the sacredness of mind/heart allows full extension of the Bodhisattvic commitment to develop Bodhichitta, the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment for the sake all sentient beings.

The Eight Verses form a practical manual for developing the Bodhisattvic principles expressed by the Ten Paramis: generosity, virtue, renunciation, wisdom (liberating understanding through meditation), enthusiasm/vitality, patience, truthfulness, determination, lovingkindness, equanimity/compassion.

For this year’s Stone, Water, Spirit, Lisa will create an interactive sound/artwork based upon the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation which will provide a threshold through which we can each enter into the sacred heart of the Bodhisattva.

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