The Art of Venice
Creating Buddhas in the most beautiful City of Art – such a great combination!
Each fall in Oct. or Nov. art lovers from different countries come together in a gorgeous Venezian ‘Palazzo’ to draw Buddhas and enjoy the meditations, lectures and wonderful Italian food, made freshly every lunch by our hosts Gabriella & Enrico.
Pizza, Pasta, Spritz & Prosecco
The evenings (after your pizza or pasta) are great to wander through the streets, alleys and squares of this amazing city, and have a spritz or prosecco – as the Venetians do.
Wisdom & Art
This year the subject was Prajnaparamita, the female Buddha of Wisdom with 4 arms.
Prajnaparamita – the female Buddha of Wisdom
Beautiful Prajnaparamita has a glowing, youthful face and golden body.
She has 4 arms, 2 of which hold a Vajra and the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, and the other 2 hands rest in her lap in meditation posture. She is adorned with a crown, bracelets, necklaces and silken scarves that float in the wind.
Prajnaparamita is the embodiment of the Heart Sutra, one of the most well-known texts in the Buddhist philosophy that contains the essence of the Buddha’s teachings.
The mantra connected to the Heart Sutra and thus to Prajna Paramita is:
Tha Ya Tha Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha
The picture above shows the drawing of Prajna-Paramita that I made, as well as a sketch of the same Buddha by one of my students, by using the traditional grid measurements that are a big help to create such a Buddha.
See the pictures!
To see pictures of this course and the artwork that the students created go to the Venice Thangka Course 2015 album on my Thangka Painting Facebook page.