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2014

News Blog about Buddhist Art & all that inspires

In her monthly picture blogs Carmen writes about art, buddhism, her travels & experiences:

NOTE: Will be updated soon as we are migrating from the old to this new website

December – Masterclass in Classic Realism oil painting

This month I joined a masterclass with Cornelis le Mair, a contemporary master painter who...
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December – Interview in The Buddhist Newspaper

Interview with Carmen Mensink about her thangka artwork and teachings, published in the Dutch Buddhist...
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November – Teachings from Tulku Lobsang

Meeting with the Venerable Tulku Lobsang, a master in the Buddhist Philosophy, whose teachings are...
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October – Combining Thangka with Italian Art & Food

If you've never visited Venice and you're an art lover, I would strongly advice you...
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October – Painting large Buddha statues

I was asked to make some changes to the faces of 3 large Buddha statues,...
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September – The Silk Road

Exhibition on the Silk Road, which was not one road as one might think, but...
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August – 10 Year Anniversary of the Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City -in my opinion the best museum...
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August – Learn to paint thangkas in Italy

Annual thangka painting course in Northern Italy
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July – Teen Thangka Classes in New York

Every year I offer Buddhist Art Classes for teenagers at the Rubin Museum of Art...
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July – Tibetan Art Classes in and around NYC

Omega Institute, Rubin Museum of Art, E-Vam Institute, Shantideva Meditation Center & Tibet House
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June – Sand Mandala & Thangka Exhibition

Tibetan monks creating a Sand Mandala, and the Thangka Exhibition by Carmen Mensink
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May – Large Painting for the Dalai Lama

Large painting of the Eight Auspicious Symbols to welcome the Dalai Lama...
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April – First thangka class in Portugal

First time thangka course in Coimbra, Portugal, a beautiful city between Lisbon and Porto that...
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March – Mahakala thangka at the Buddhism Festival

Guided tour on Mahakala at the Buddhist Festival at the Museum of Ethnology
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February – The Temples of Thailand

I traveled to Thailand to learn more about the beautiful and old Buddhist Lanna Art...
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February – Malaysia & Singapore buddhist art classes

Annual thangka teachings in Singapore (in Jan, Feb or March). Evening workshops for the Asian...
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February – Thangka brochure translated into Chinese

Tibetan Thangka painting brochure translated in Mandarin Chinese by two of my students from Singapore
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January – Traditional Paint preparation

For many years I've been wanting to learn more about the traditional preparation of paints,...
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January – Thargey-La has passed away

Thargey-La, the thangka painter of my lineage has passed away at the age of 85
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