John McQuade is the founder of Nalanda Miksang Photography, and has established Nalanda Miksang teachers in North America, Europe and Australia. He is also co-author of two books in his field: Looking and Seeing, and Heart of Photography. He is currently on the faculty of the Halliburton School of Art and Design and is completing a PhD on the classic photographer, Edward Weston.
John is also a practising Buddhist, having studied with Chogyam Trungpa from 1979 until Rinpoche’s death in 1987. Besides being an accomplished meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was also an artist, a poet and a photographer. Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography is based on the Dharma Art teachings of Chogyam Trungpa.
After Trungpa Rinpoche’s death, John continued his Buddhist and Shambhala studies with Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. As an active member of the Shambhala community, John served on the Toronto Shambhala Executive Committee for 20 years, including two terms as Director. He is a Shambhala Training teacher, a certified meditation instructor, and a Buddha Families – Maitri Space Awareness Teacher. John also studies and practices Qigong with Eva Wong — a lineage holder in Traditional Chinese Qigong and long-time Feng Shui consultant to the Shambhala community.