Sri Lanka / Feb 23-March 5, 2017 / Thangka Painting Retreat

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Sri Lanka – Buddhist Art Painting Retreat



An amazing 11 day thangka course including 4 day sightseeing


Guan Yin – the female Buddha of Compassion

Organized by The Buddhist Library in Singapore – TBL Members get a S$210 discount

NOTE (5 jan.): This course is almost full, if you want to take up one of the few last places please register soon, before jan. 19, 2017 (final closing date for registration). Participants come from all over the world: Singapore, The Netherlands, England, Belgium and United States. Carmen can bring you in contact with other participants if you want to travel together.

In this Buddhist Art Retreat you will learn to draw & paint Guan Yin according to the tradition of Buddhist Thangka (scroll painting).

This painting retreat is extra special, because it includes a sightseeing tour where we will visit the most beautiful Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, and look at the ancient artwork, Buddha paintings and murals. Our own buddha drawing & painting practice will make this an even deeper experience and offers a better understanding of Buddhist art.
Check out the complete schedule here

Participants will be coming from all over the world, and this course offers a wonderful opportunity to combine it with a longer vacation in Sri Lanka or elsewhere in Asia.

guan-yin-drawing-and-paintingGuan Yin 
Guan Yin, also written as Kuan Yin or Guanshiyin, may be depicted as either a male or female manifestation of Compassion. Many Buddhist agree that Guan Yin came from the male Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

When Buddhism traveled from India to East-Asia and became especially popular especially in China, Korea and Japan, many Buddhists transformed Avalokitesvara into the female deity named Guan Yin, and we will be working with this female manifestation. She’s also known as the Goddess of MercyThe name Guan Yin is short for Guan Shi Yin, meaning “Observing the Sounds of the World,” which indicates her compassionate ability to listen for pleas of help of those who need her. She is also associated with vegetarianism, due to her great compassion, that goes for animals as well.

In this retreat we will work with 2 different forms of Guan Yin, standing and sitting, and you will learn all about this beautiful deity (through slideshows & talks), and will also make contact with her energy of compassion through the meditations that we will do in the morning.

You can either choose to draw and color Guan Yin with colored pencils or paint your drawing and learn how to work with the special thangka (tibetan scroll) painting techniques. Drawing and painting experience is not necessary, enthusiasm is!

OPTIONAL: instead of Guan Yin you may also choose to draw/paint Buddha Shakyamuni or Avalokitesvara. If you prefer this, please let contact Carmen well ahead so she can prepare this for you.
You can also use this retreat to complete the thangka drawings and paintings that you’ve previously made in a course with Carmen.

meditation-centre-sri-lankaParamita International Buddhist Centre
The painting course will be held at the Paramita International Buddhist Centre, in central Sri Lanka, a beautiful place to stay. You will share a room with another thangka student. More information can be found here under the pink bars.

Sightseeing tour to the most famous Buddhist sites
The sightseeing tour will be after the painting retreat, where you will stay in 3-star hotels, in double rooms (a single room is possible for a supplement). The complete schedule of the retreat and the sightseeing tour can be found here under the pink bars. At the bottom of the page some pictures of the places we will be visiting.

> The A4 Flyer for the Sri Lanka Retreat can be downloaded here

More Info, Schedule & Registration

Materials to bring


See you in Sri Lanka!


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