Thangka course in beautiful Venice
Padmasambhava (Tib.: Guru Rinpoche)
From Thu Oct 26 to Sun Oct 29, 2017
The course is given in English and will be professionally translated in Italian
…Come join us to create beautiful art in the most beautiful city in the world!
In this course at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to draw Guru Rinpoche (Skt.: Padmasambhava) according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings).
Padmasambhava is a very important deity and is often referred to as the Second Buddha as he’s so important for assisting in the founding of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. It is because of his activity that the Dharma was firmly established in the ‘roof of the world’.
Padmasambhava was born in India in the 8th century (from a lotus flower as the story goes), and he was a tantric master and famous for performing miracles.
The Tibetan king at the time, King Trisong Detsen, was a buddhist practitioner and he invited Padmasambhava to help establish Buddhism in Tibet, as there were many obstacles to do so. Through his awesome mastery of tantric practices, he is said to have transformed the negative spirits -that prevented Buddhism from flourishing- into protectors and guardians of the Buddhist Dharma.
In Tibet Padmasambhava was called Guru Rinpoche, and his powerful presence in the country helped built Samye, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
Carmen Mensink will guide students through the cultural/historical context of thangka’s and symbolism within Tibetan-Buddhist art through the combination of art, slide shows and meditations.
There will also be a detailed explanation of the mantra of the Buddha.
Drawing a Buddha is a meditation in itself and creates inner peace and joy. When you’re a Buddhist practitioner, the drawing of the Buddha can improve your visualization meditation on a great scale. Buddhist lamas say: “When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.”
This weekend is suitable for beginners and advanced. It is not necessary to have drawing experience.
Beginners will first draw a Buddha Face before moving on to drawing the complete figure.
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