red ladder studio

Where Dharma Meets Art

 
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red ladder studio

...helping the artist in you find beauty and meaning in unexpected places. 

 
 

IT'S WHAT BUDDHISM IS, BUT IN A CREATIVE PACKAGE

Everything at Red Ladder Studio is rooted in meditation and the teachings of Buddhism. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to get something from those teachings, loads of people are using mindfulness not knowing it’s 'buddhist'. And, you know, there’s more great stuff where mindfulness came from. 

Red Ladder Studio mixes up art and Buddhist teachings, finding new ways of seeing and experiencing ourselves and our world. 

DITCH THE UTILITARIAN APPROACH TO LIFE

You've seen all those blogs and podcasts telling you how to make the most of your time, ‘dominate your day before breakfast.’ Well yeah, but for what? Just so you can ‘get more done’? Nope.

Red Ladder Studio is dedicated to making time for uselessness. 

 
 
Dharma meets art at the Moderna Museet: What is art? No way to put it in words. All of us were silent. And the art spoke without words too. What an enriching, touching, enchanting experience.
— GABRIEL SMEETS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CULLBERGBALETTEN
Rachel led a three day long Dharma Meets Art retreat at Moderna Museet, through the initiative of Cullberg Ballet and LABO Festival.
She is a very good meditation instructor and an excellent teacher in Buddhist philosophy. She is very present and conducts the retreat in a relaxing and reassuring way.
The connection she makes between the Dharma and art is of course a very valid one, and it has hopefully given our audience an opportunity to experience the art in the Moderna Museet’s collection in a new, deeper way.
— CAMILLA CARLBERG - HEAD OF LEARNING, MODERNA MUSEET
 
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Red Ladder Workshops

bringing meditation and essential buddhist teachings into the art world

The word Buddha means ‘awake’. The Buddha woke up from illusion, or delusion, and understood the true nature of things. It strikes me that art and artists are attempting to do just this. To drop the veil, to bring down the barrier between themselves and the world. 

To help this process I create a meeting between dharma and art.

All workshops are individually designed for your particular sphere. We’ll book an initial meeting and talk over what you do, what you are curious about, where you want help. Then I'll put together a workshop or series of workshops for you. 

 Book a workshop for your organisation todaY

 
 
Don’t worry, please please.
How many times do I have to say it?
There is no way for you not to be who you are or where.
— IKKYU IN JAPAN 15TH CEN
 
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Red Ladder Open Events

 

 
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Dharma Arts Blog

 
 Rachel Fuller aka Vajradarshini

Rachel Fuller aka Vajradarshini

Who is red ladder studio? 

Hi, I'm Rachel, also known by my Buddhist name Vajradarshini. I started Red Ladder Studio as a way to focus on the connection between art and dharma, between meditation and creativity. Dharma is what we call the Buddhist teachings and could be applied to any teaching that leads to freedom.

I started practicing Buddhism in 1988 and since 1997 I’ve been teaching and leading retreats. In all that time the aspect of practice that I loved the most was bringing the Buddhist teachings together with art. Something would happen, the art illuminated the dharma and the dharma illuminated the art.

There are so many connections between the two and the process of practicing them both could be said to be the same thing. As Stephen Batchelor says, “Art and dharma are both ways of coming to terms with our own suffering.” Not only that, they are both ways of revealing the beauty of life.

Red Ladder Studio is a space in which I can explore these connections with others, with you.