Frequently Asked Questions about Miksang Photography


What kind of camera do I need for the Mksang training?

Miksang Workshops are all-digital. A Digital Camera with a minimum of 12 mega-pixels with a removable flash card is required. Of course, the more megapixels the better, so we recommend between 12 and 24 mega pixels (or more) for the best quality.

Any SLR, hybrid or compact camera is good, as long as it is digital.
Note! A smart phone is not suitable for the Miksang training. Due to the lack of basic photographic technicality that smart phones offer. As well the inability to make proper and helpful adjustments during the review sessions to the jpeg. files coming from smart phones.

In Miksang Training we are interested in forming the equivalent of our perceptions through the medium of photography, and having a basic control over the exposure, depth of focus etc. helps us do that.

What kind of lens(es) do I need to bring?

We recommend a general allround zoom lens.

Wide angle, prime lenses or macro lenses(for SLR) are not recommended for the introductory workshop as these lenses do not represent the contemplative approach to true perceptions.

For SLR or hybrid cameras: we recommend a digital single lens reflex camera that is capable of shooting in aperture priority mode (adjustable lens aperture) or in full manual mode (adjustable shutter speed and lens aperture).

Compact camera: with zoom or superzoom with a zoomlens somewhere between 24 - 250mm.

Advisable compact cameras, to give you an idea:
* Panasonic Lumix TZ200 or the previous version the TZ100
• Sony RX100 M6 and Sony RX100 M7

Do I need previous photographic experience to take this course?

No. We can teach you the basics of how to operate your camera, if needed, and the rest of the course is about synchronizing your eye, heart and mind and expressing pure perceptions in a simple way.

Do I need meditation experience for the Introductory Miksang course?

No. It can be helpful to have some experience with meditation, however in Miksang we practice uninhibited looking and wakeful seeing with visual exercises and photographic assignments that are designed to activate a meditative state of being and seeing in action. This are easy and fun exercises to engage in.

The Miksang training emphasizes synchronizing your eyes, mind and heart and how to express these experiences as simple as possible with your cameras.

Do I need a laptop?

If you have your own laptop it would be helpful to bring it along for self-editing.

Please familiarize yourself with your computer’s digital imaging software before the class, and make sure you are able to transfer the selection of images to a USB flash drive.

What other equipment do I need?

None. We do not use tripods, flashes or special effects filters.

What else in included?

In advance of the Miksang course, you will be provided with a Miksang manual which comes along with the Online Introductory lesson. You can download this from the

You will receive the Miksang manual in paper on the first day of the live Introductory course.

Are accommodations included?

No. You have to arrange your own accommodations. If you need help or recommendations, please contact us.

Is the online introductory talk optional?

No. The online talk provides information on a number of relevant topics and is an introduction to the Miksang/Dharma Art teachings. This lays the ground for the entire course.
There will also be a Miksang image show available which sets the tone for the visual world you are going to discover yourself.

Can I miss parts of the further course?

We don’t recommend it, but it is up to you. Each four day Miksang course has a natural flow and each part of it is important to the overall experience, so it is best to try and arrange for full participation.

There is no discount for partial participation.

We recommend making your travel plans so that you can be present until 6pm on the final day.

Does the Miksang training include lunch?

No. Unless otherwise announced.
Part of the Miksang course is that you might have lunch together with the other participants. This is always optional and not included in the program price.

What is your Refund/Cancellation policy?

Miksang does not refund any part of the course fee unless the course is cancelled. In the event that personal circumstances prevent attendance at the course, whenever possible the tuition can be credited to future courses offered in Europe within one year of your original registration.

Miksang instructors need to arrange travel, accommodation and workshop venues far before the course date. These arrangements are dependent on advance registrations. 

Please do not finalize travel plans until you have been informed that the class has met minimum registration, and you are informed of this by an email from the Miksang instructor.

Miksang Photography is not responsible for refunding the cost of airline tickets, hotel rooms or any other travel-related costs.