Thangka Painting Workshop: Buddha Shakyamuni “The Enlightened One”


Guhyasamaja Center is pleased to share a special weekend workshop to learn thangka painting with artist Carmen Mensink.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190, downstairs
Dates: Friday Oct. 28 – Sunday Oct. 30, 2011
Friday evening, Oct. 28 lecture and slide presentation 8:00 to 10:00pm
Saturday Oct. 29, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In this weekend workshop you will learn how to draw the historical Buddha according to traditional Tibetan thangka scroll paintings. The practice of Buddha Shakyamuni (the ‘Enlightened One’ or ‘Awakened One’) helps you purify negativities of body, speech and mind, which is essential if you want to make progress on the spiritual path. You will learn through a combination of slide shows, lectures and meditations about the history and cultural and religious context of Tibetan Thangka paintings, and of the symbolism found in the Tibetan art itself. There will also be a detailed explanation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra. The practical element of drawing in the course is like a meditation in itself, and creates a lot of joy.

For details and registration, please visit the Center website, and here’s a poster to share with your community.

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