About the Author

Big Bio Photo
ensington Market, Toronto. December 2014
Photograph by Fiona Wiseman

Michael Wood is the original founder and principal developer of the Miksang Training Curriculum.
He is one of the originators of the Contemplative Photography movement in modern photography.

Michael attended The Sheridan College School of Visual Arts in Canada and worked as an award-winning commercial photographer in Toronto for 18 years. He began developing contemplative photography in 1979 and began teaching in Toronto in 1983. In 1982 while attending a Buddhist Refuge Ceremony, he was given the name, Chökyi Miksang, Tibetan for ‘Good Eye of Dharma’.

Michael in College
Michael photographing in Toronto, 1969

In 1989 Michael moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work as Audio Visual Producer for Parks Canada, producing and directing documentary films. In 1998 he left Parks Canada to devote himself fully to the development and teaching of contemplative photography.

Michael is the co-author of the book, The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes,
published by Shambhala Publications in 2011. Graceful Appearance is his first book of photographs.

Michael 2009
Boulder, Colorado. 2009

Michael resides in Toronto, Canada and currently acts as Management Consultant and Curriculum
Development Advisor to the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography in Boulder, Colorado.

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