Thangkas: Tibetan Buddhist scroll paintings


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NEWS  Happinez Magazine (July 2016) offers an article about Carmen Mensink and her artwork, with special workshops that were organized.
Newly added courses & workshops Amsterdam dec 9-11, 2016 / Zwolle Jan. 6, 2017 / Zwolle Jan. 6-8, 2017


Welcome to the website about drawing and painting of Buddhas and Mandalas according to the beautiful, old tradition called ‘thangka’.
On this site you can view Carmen Mensink’s Thangka Paintings and the Thangka Drawing & Painting Courses that she gives in many different countries – most of them are also suitable for people with no drawing or painting skills whatsoever.
You can also commission Carmen to paint a thangka of your choice, or to let her gild & paint your Buddha statues, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In the Thangka Shop you can find presents for yourself and others.

> Check out the Tibetan Thangka Artwork

Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion. Click on the image for info.

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In Tibet, the painting of thangkas was an important and highly developed means of expression through which the entire Buddhist philosophy could be explained. And it still has this function: thangkas are used in temples & monasteries and are hung above the altars to support the Buddhist meditation and practice.
The Chinese invasion in Tibet in the 1950’s and the destruction of a lot of old Tibetan traditions and monasteries makes it even more important to keep this beautiful tradition alive and pure.

> Read more on the History of Tibetan Thangka Painting

Classes & Courses

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Carmen Mensink offers workshops in Tibetan Buddhist Art in Europe, United States and Asia.

Most courses are for both beginners and advanced, and all courses come with a guided meditation, slide shows and talks on the symbolism of the subject (a Tibetan Buddha, Mandala or Symbol), and a lot of individual guidance.

Carmen offers day classes and weekend courses in Buddha drawing, as well as in-depth thangka painting retreats that last a week or longer.

> Check out the upcoming Buddhist Art Classes

Private Workshops

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She also offers individual teachings on thangka drawing and painting, for those who rather work one on one with a teacher instead of being in a group. There’s a lot of guidance and a lot of time to answer your questions.
Private classes can be taken by the more advanced students as well as the ones who have never even touched a pencil in their life (and will be surprised about their hidden talents!)

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> More on Private Thangka Teachings

Art & Testimonials

Carmen passes on the Art of Tibetan Thangka to her students with a lot of joy and dedication. She inspires them to reach their full potential in art and at the same time inspires them to go inside, meditate and check their mind and work on its potential, according to the Buddhist philosophy – which is inseparable from Buddhist Art.

It doesn’t matter if people have drawing and painting experience or not, most important is the joy they experience during the courses and what’s going on inside themselves – which undoubtedly will be expressed in their artwork.

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> More Student Artwork & Testimonials

Testimonials

“Drawing the Buddha in such a special way touched me very deeply.
“You are doing such special work. Thank you again for the way in which you are guiding me.”
“I Moved to a Higher Level.”
“Profound impact on visualization meditation.”
“Wonderful presentation of dharma.”
“Wonderful tradition being passed on in time. An honor to participate.”
“Opened me to possibilities through Buddhism and actually was able to create meaningful art.” 
“Carmen was an engaging and knowledgeable teacher.”
“Carmen is both a talented teacher and artist.”
“Love this subject. Love the feeling and sensitivity to the lines and form.”
“Clear & simple with the indepth essence of a profound meditation!”
“Carmen is a spiritual gift, and she is brilliant, noble, kind & clear. Her teaching is done with clarity and kindness.”
“A great introduction to Buddhism + Tibetan Art. Lots of fun!!! Carmen is a warm + knowledgable teacher!”
“It has really deepened my practice and appreciation for Tibetan art, in a way that reading a book on the subject never has.”
“Loved the integration of dharma and art. When I look at a Thangka now, I understand at a deep level what is being communicated.

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What else can I find on this website?
Besides the artwork in the form of Thangka Paintings of Buddhas and Mandalas, Thangka Drawings and other artwork by Carmen Mensink such as painting Mantras on Mani Stones, you can find so much more on this website, such as:

Tibetan Buddhist Mandalas
Lectures and Articles on Tibetan Buddhist Art
Buddha Statue Painting & Gilding
More explanation on Buddhist Art & Philosophy
Large paintings for the Dalai Lama, Festivals & and Events

Check out the latest 2016 Thangka News Blogs: 


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May all sentient beings be happy and free from suffering

… Om Mani Padme Hum!