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Creating a painting for the Dalai Lama

The past three times that His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited The Netherlands (2009, 2014 and 2018), Carmen Mensink is asked to welcome him in a special way by creating a large (9 meter / 30 feet long) special painting of the Eight Auspicious Symbols.


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Interview with Carmen Mensink in Dutch and the French edition of Happinez Magazine, Le Premier Mindstyle Magazine“Pour les bouddhistes, une répresentation d’un bouddha n’est pas qu’une simple image, c’est une énergie vivante”

> Check out more on Carmen Mensink in the Media

Thangka Courses all over the world

Each fall, Carmen offers a thangka course in Venice, Italy, according to her the most beautiful city on earth. The next course there will be in 2021


Venue overview
Carmen Mensink offers workshops, retreats, lectures and guided tours on Buddhist Art at many places around the world. Check here if she comes to a place near you.

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Thangka Painting Retreats


People from all over the world come together to enjoy the Tibetan Drawing & Painting Retreats that, with the meditation sessions and lectures on Buddhist art & symbolism are an in-depth experience. Lodging and all meals are included, as well as the beautiful surroundings, the wonderful food, and the new friendships that you will make! No drawing/painting experience needed.

> Check out all upcoming thangka courses

Tibetan Mandala created by over 100 visitors during Museum Night

For the Museum Night Amsterdam, Carmen created a project where the visitors helped to paint a large (2x2m) Tibetan Mandala, the Mandala of the 5 Elements. She was asked for this by the Nieuwe Kerk (on Dam Square in Amsterdam) because of the special exhibition on the life of Buddha.


Private Thangka Courses
Carmen Mensink also offers individual thangka drawing & painting courses at her studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for 1-4 persons. Dates, times and subject in consultation with you.

Click on the image for more information.


Thangkas:
Scroll paintings of Buddhas & Mandalas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

This site shows Carmen Mensink’s Thangka Paintings and the Thangka Drawing & Painting Courses that she offers in many different countries – most of them are also suitable for people with no drawing or painting skills whatsoever.

Carmen can also be commissioned 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


Carmen explains her passion for Thangka Painting in this short video made by Happinez, after the articles about Carmen and her artwork in Happinez Magazine in Dutch and in French.



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

Buddha ColoringTibetan Buddhist Art

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

 

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

Tibetan Buddhist Mandala is a diagram of geometric patterns. Each Buddha has his own mandala, which can be seen as the universe or palace in which the particular deity resides.
Each part of a Tibetan mandala has deep symbolism behind it, which you will learn during the mandala drawing and painting classes with Carmen Mensink.

 

Lectures and Articles on Tibetan Buddhist Art

During her classes, Carmen always gives one or more slide shows and talks on the subject, for example a Buddha and his mantra, to explain the meaning and symbolism behind it.
She is also regularly asked to give lectures on different subjects in Tibetan Buddhist Art, at museums, universities and Buddhist centers, and writes articles on Buddhist Art, which are added to the Media & Publications page

Buddha Statue Painting & Gilding

green-tara-statue-painting-carmenThe face of a Buddha statue is traditionally painted with pigments and gold.
Carmen can paint your Buddha Statue according to tradition, with pure gold and the right colors.

More explanation on Buddhist Art & Philosophy

On this website you will also find more explanation on the Buddhist Philosophy -as this is inseparable from Buddhist Art.
You can find information on subjects such as:

Large paintings for the Dalai Lama, Festivals & and Events

Welcome painting for the Dalai Lama’s visit to The Netherlands, in the shape of a lotus flower with 8 lotus petals with the 8 Auspicious Symbols:
Read more on the 5 meter wide painting to welcome the Dalai Lama in 2009


painting-for-dalai-lama-carmen-mensinkAnother welcome painting for the Dalai Lama 5 years later, visit to The Netherlands, in the shape of a long red carpet with the eight main Tibetan Symbols:
Read more on the 9 meter long painting to welcome the Dalai Lama in 2014


happinez-festival-carmen-mensinkA large, mandala-like painting that was painted together with hundreds of visitors of the Happinez Festival (spiritual festival)
Large painting projects for Other Festival & Events can be found here


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Robin, New Jersey, USA

I enjoyed the class

I enjoyed the class, learning to draw and then color the Buddha Face. Thank you, Carmen!

I enjoyed the class

I enjoyed the class, learning to draw and then color the Buddha Face. Thank you, Carmen!

Robin, New Jersey, USA

Natalia Melnikova. Spain

I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing a Buddha

This course was a Devine gift for me. I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing Buddha face by myself. Especially in Tibetan Thangka Tradition. I have zero of experience and didn’t draw since school. In the end I have a beautiful Buddha Face in front of me and I’m a little bit sad it’s ove…

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I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing a Buddha

This course was a Devine gift for me. I couldn’t believe that I am capable of drawing Buddha face by myself. Especially in Tibetan Thangka Tradition. I have zero of experience and didn’t draw since school. In the end I have a beautiful Buddha Face in front of me and I’m a little bit sad it’s over. But I am planning on doing another bigger one! I am staying at school to develop my skills on coloring techniques. I am so grateful for this opportunity to discover my new creative side.

Natalia Melnikova. Spain

Sherry, Washington, USA

I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river

My expectations were more than met, Carmen! The information you provided was inspirational and your teaching steps were well-paced. I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river. Thank you!

I can see what I need to work on – symmetry for you and also the ears; I also need to pay attention to the ove…

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I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river

My expectations were more than met, Carmen! The information you provided was inspirational and your teaching steps were well-paced. I fell into the process like a playful otter into a river. Thank you!

I can see what I need to work on – symmetry for you and also the ears; I also need to pay attention to the overall placement of the face on the paper. The flame got crunched by the halo!

However, I am really pleased. I’ve never done this type of drawing before. It was wonderful to combine my practice with this amazing art form. Again, I can’t thank you enough.

With folded hands!

Sherry, Washington, USA

Betty van Vorselen, The Netherlands

I found the course inspiring

I found the course inspiring. The background information very good.

I found the course inspiring

I found the course inspiring. The background information very good.

Betty van Vorselen, The Netherlands

Amanda West, California, USA

History of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy

I loved taking this course so much! I particularly enjoyed the explanation of the history of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy. Carmen, thank you for your detailed and easy to understand explanations. This has been an incredible experience.

History of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy

I loved taking this course so much! I particularly enjoyed the explanation of the history of Thang Ka paintings and buddhist philosophy. Carmen, thank you for your detailed and easy to understand explanations. This has been an incredible experience.

Amanda West, California, USA

Bill, USA

Had fun!

Had fun drawing and coloring the Buddha Face!

Had fun!

Had fun drawing and coloring the Buddha Face!

Bill, USA

Heidi de Mare, Leiden, The Netherlands

I’ve learned a lot!

Carmen, thank you so much for your inspiring lectures! I’ve learned a lot! I will continue with the colour-workshop, and will use that knowledge to colour my Buddha-face. It was not easy to draw the Buddha face, but it made me realise more the differences in drawing both sides in balance. I will c…

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I’ve learned a lot!

Carmen, thank you so much for your inspiring lectures! I’ve learned a lot! I will continue with the colour-workshop, and will use that knowledge to colour my Buddha-face. It was not easy to draw the Buddha face, but it made me realise more the differences in drawing both sides in balance. I will continue my training! Thank you very much! best wishes, Heidi

Heidi de Mare, Leiden, The Netherlands

Robin, USA

Enjoyed the background talks!

I enjoyed the drawing and especially the background talks!

Enjoyed the background talks!

I enjoyed the drawing and especially the background talks!

Robin, USA

Karin, The Netherlands

Very enjoyable with a good mix of information

The online workshop was very enjoyable with a good mix of information on the thangka painting tradition, how to draw as well as making your own drawing.

Very enjoyable with a good mix of information

The online workshop was very enjoyable with a good mix of information on the thangka painting tradition, how to draw as well as making your own drawing.

Karin, The Netherlands

Ellen Green, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Rich and meaningful experience

This course was perfect in every way for me. The teaching of the dharma, the mantra chanting, the meditation, the history and the clear, concise instruction all combined to create this rich and meaningful experience. Thank you.

Rich and meaningful experience

This course was perfect in every way for me. The teaching of the dharma, the mantra chanting, the meditation, the history and the clear, concise instruction all combined to create this rich and meaningful experience. Thank you.

Ellen Green, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Kate Denmark, Western Australia

Very clear instructions and supporting info

It was great, and I learned a lot, Thank you Carmen! The most difficult part was seeing/ understanding how the Buddha’s eyes are not as open as depicted, so more practice Needed! Very clear instructions and the supporting info very helpful.

Very clear instructions and supporting info

It was great, and I learned a lot, Thank you Carmen! The most difficult part was seeing/ understanding how the Buddha’s eyes are not as open as depicted, so more practice Needed! Very clear instructions and the supporting info very helpful.

Kate Denmark, Western Australia

Peter Prommel, The Netherlands

It put me in a concentrated and restful mood

I really liked the meditations and background stories. They put me so well in a concentrated and restful mood. It made it easier to remember all the tips and tricks also! My mind worked better! I enjoyed the pencil drawing, and precision, but had some troubles with the paint and size. Eveness of this paint (co…

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It put me in a concentrated and restful mood

I really liked the meditations and background stories. They put me so well in a concentrated and restful mood. It made it easier to remember all the tips and tricks also! My mind worked better! I enjoyed the pencil drawing, and precision, but had some troubles with the paint and size. Eveness of this paint (cobra, oil/watermixable) was not so easy.. I really liked being able to keep editing the final, with the same paint as well as with acryl and acrylic ink (liquitex). I also liked staying long with the basic colors green, red, yellow and blue, which resemble for me Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upekkha.

I noticed it is challenging to make all the lines symetrical and positioned so that I liked the expression of the smile. Also the painting was challenging, to get an even, or shaded layer. I felt good about learning to concentrate on smaller brushstrokes, and keep the rest in breathing as well. I notice when I stop breathing at particular difficult lines. It was a lot of fun touching up at the end, small lines, small corrections. polishing.

Peter Prommel, The Netherlands

Deb, Toronto, Canada

A wonderful way to spend the day!

Thanks for this course. The step by step approach allowed me to relax into the drawing practice. I enjoyed the additional learning through the lectures and now know more about the Buddha iconography as a result. Looking forward to the colouring course next to finish my piece. I haven’t drawn for y…

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A wonderful way to spend the day!

Thanks for this course. The step by step approach allowed me to relax into the drawing practice. I enjoyed the additional learning through the lectures and now know more about the Buddha iconography as a result. Looking forward to the colouring course next to finish my piece. I haven’t drawn for years and this was a wonderful way to spend the day!

Deb, Toronto, Canada

Shashi Rekha, India

Liked the meditation

I liked the course and the meditation before starting the course.

Liked the meditation

I liked the course and the meditation before starting the course.

Shashi Rekha, India

Arisina, The Netherlands

Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology is an essential part of the workshop

I appreciated Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology as an essential part of the workshop, besides the technical aspects, which were also very clear.
Oh, and I do like her shop!

Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology is an essential part of the workshop

I appreciated Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology as an essential part of the workshop, besides the technical aspects, which were also very clear.
Oh, and I do like her shop!

Arisina, The Netherlands

Mara D’Ambrosi

Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next time I will probabile focus only on that …
I will take with me what I have learned and keep on practicing.
I feel truly delighted by t…

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Sedona AZ, USA

Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next time I will probabile focus only on that …
I will take with me what I have learned and keep on practicing.
I feel truly delighted by the experience of the White Tara drawing.
I am sending you where I am at so far. I love very much that you never put any pressure on us for finishing the paintings, rather encourage to take your time and refine your skills. That is the true painting of an artist ! Life goes with it, feelings, sensations,
perceptions …. ah this!
All is in movement, all is interconnected…
may your be happy
may you be well
may you be safe
Namaste Cara tanto amore 💗🙏🏻e tante grazie ☺️ da Mara

Mara D’Ambrosi

Sedona AZ, USA

Tenzin Nyidron

Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

I got occasion and so fortunate to realised my dream. With the guide of Carmen, instruction, her skill, her encouragement, I could complete my work smoothly. Even I try the Buddha on the throne.
Thanks Carmen who gave us that chance by compassion and patience. Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

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Vietnam

Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

I got occasion and so fortunate to realised my dream. With the guide of Carmen, instruction, her skill, her encouragement, I could complete my work smoothly. Even I try the Buddha on the throne.
Thanks Carmen who gave us that chance by compassion and patience. Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

Tenzin Nyidron

Vietnam

Kirsten Karacan

The way how Carmen guides through the course

I will finish her the next days.
I made the experience that I need longer time for drawing.
The way how Carmen guides through the course is really professionell and sympathic.
Thanks for that!

Germany

The way how Carmen guides through the course

I will finish her the next days.
I made the experience that I need longer time for drawing.
The way how Carmen guides through the course is really professionell and sympathic.
Thanks for that!

Kirsten Karacan

Germany

Peggy Sue McRae

The material is so well presented

Having taken other online Thangka courses from Carmen I knew that it would be a challenge this time to set aside enough quiet time to spend with White Tara.
It was a challenge and yet I found the mantra and meditation practices really helped me stay calm during an otherwise stressful time.
I love how this course, a…

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Friday Harbor, Washington USA

The material is so well presented

Having taken other online Thangka courses from Carmen I knew that it would be a challenge this time to set aside enough quiet time to spend with White Tara.
It was a challenge and yet I found the mantra and meditation practices really helped me stay calm during an otherwise stressful time.
I love how this course, and the others I’ve taken, are a pathway back to my neglected Buddhist practice through art.
The material is so well presented I value the whole package. Carmen’s voice has a calming effect.
I plan to use paint this time to finish my White Tara.

Peggy Sue McRae

Friday Harbor, Washington USA

Bonny Bryant

It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka

Hi Carmen,
Attached is my Medicine Buddha with the beginnings of color. I love how you say how the Buddhas emerge from the paper, that is really how it feels for me. I’m still getting used to colored pencils but will continue, it is enjoyable and very different from my other illustration.

I really enj…

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New Mexico, USA

It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka

Hi Carmen,
Attached is my Medicine Buddha with the beginnings of color. I love how you say how the Buddhas emerge from the paper, that is really how it feels for me. I’m still getting used to colored pencils but will continue, it is enjoyable and very different from my other illustration.

I really enjoyed speaking with you on our Zoom meeting Sunday and was very cheered and inspired by our conversation. It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka, many thanks again for sharing your knowledge and experience!

Bonny Bryant

New Mexico, USA

Michel

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can’t wait to do the shading and coloring course! It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Tara and have an opportunity to do the meditations…

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New York, USA

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can’t wait to do the shading and coloring course! It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Tara and have an opportunity to do the meditations. Thanks Carmen! Look forward to many more!

Michel

New York, USA

Jacqueline

Een krachtige meditatieve sfeer

Beste Carmen, ook deze Thangkacursus over Boeddha Manjushri vond ik bijzonder te ervaren. Het was niet alleen je bemoedigende stimulans tav het tekenen maar ook je fijne meditaties ter voorbereiding van de cursusdag. Je weet een krachtige meditatieve sfeer neer te zetten en dat heeft op mij een helende werkin…

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Zeist

Een krachtige meditatieve sfeer

Beste Carmen, ook deze Thangkacursus over Boeddha Manjushri vond ik bijzonder te ervaren. Het was niet alleen je bemoedigende stimulans tav het tekenen maar ook je fijne meditaties ter voorbereiding van de cursusdag. Je weet een krachtige meditatieve sfeer neer te zetten en dat heeft op mij een helende werking gehad! Veel dank en moge iedereen die hiervoor open staat jou bereiken.
Jacqueline

Jacqueline

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Annemieke Boeters

Samen tekenen onder de inspirerende leiding van Carmen

Het was heerlijk om met een groep gelijkgestemden weer fysiek bij elkaar te zijn. Samen tekenen onder de inspirerende leiding van Carmen.
De avondlezingen waren zeer informatief.
Het Maitreya instituut in Loenen is een fijne plaats om even tot rust te komen, heerlijk te eten en met elkaar tot mooie resultaten…

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Kwintsheul

Samen tekenen onder de inspirerende leiding van Carmen

Het was heerlijk om met een groep gelijkgestemden weer fysiek bij elkaar te zijn. Samen tekenen onder de inspirerende leiding van Carmen.
De avondlezingen waren zeer informatief.
Het Maitreya instituut in Loenen is een fijne plaats om even tot rust te komen, heerlijk te eten en met elkaar tot mooie resultaten te komen.
Dank Carmen voor deze fijne dagen.

Annemieke Boeters

Kwintsheul

Ellis Mol

Wat een energie!

Ik zag een beetje op tegen het onderwerp 🙈. Hij ziet er zo “woest” uit. Maar toen ik van Carmen het achtergrond verhaal/intentie hoorde ging ik ervoor ! Wat een energie! Had het er af en toe warm van 😊.. heerlijke dagen , fijne meditatie’s , fijne groep heerlijk eten. Een aanrader !!

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Wervershoof

Wat een energie!

Ik zag een beetje op tegen het onderwerp 🙈. Hij ziet er zo “woest” uit. Maar toen ik van Carmen het achtergrond verhaal/intentie hoorde ging ik ervoor ! Wat een energie! Had het er af en toe warm van 😊.. heerlijke dagen , fijne meditatie’s , fijne groep heerlijk eten. Een aanrader !!

Ellis Mol

Wervershoof

Emelia

Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibetan sacred art. This course on White Tara was so well designed and presented that it was almost like being with Carmen in person. As good as it gets i…

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Northern California, USA

Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibetan sacred art. This course on White Tara was so well designed and presented that it was almost like being with Carmen in person. As good as it gets in this year of pandemic.

Emelia

Northern California, USA

Courtney

Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes.

This was a bit of a leap for me in terms of drawing. So many details! Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes. I’ve found 20-25 minutes on, then a 5-10 minute break before restarting to work best. Otherwise I get too focused in the details.

Speaking of her face – that was an entire day in…

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Colorado, USA

Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes.

This was a bit of a leap for me in terms of drawing. So many details! Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes. I’ve found 20-25 minutes on, then a 5-10 minute break before restarting to work best. Otherwise I get too focused in the details.

Speaking of her face – that was an entire day in itself! I wanted her to be look beautiful, not looking like a male buddha. The challenge was the angle – yes there was an angled grid, but 50x65cm is a large canvas so I didn’t rotate. Ex: her smile had to be higher on the right side than the left, given the angle, etc. The many many details was the leap for me – if I was able to do the coloring class maybe I would have fared better? I now understand I need to PRACTICE!

I LOVED the short mantra song you provided. Struggled with memorizing the longer chant (part brain, part foreign-ness), but the shorter one I could bring with me during the day. Singing hits a different part of brain than speaking – brings a felt sense of heart. I just turned 45 on the 30th and I think White Tara was ok w/ me spending the evening getting rid of my grays – in attempt to be a fraction as beautiful as she is. Now that I got the hang of these details, I’ll less afraid to move forward and finishing her.

OH, and I’ve been meaning to share… 🙂 Drawing the lotus petals from her cushion? I always get the sense I’m drawing a bunch of baby’s butts!
Drawing experience – might as well be ‘nil. Some residual drawing showed up from high school, but I haven’t drawn since. Vs the one student who cranks out a full-color thangka in 2 weeks or less. If I’m honest however, my fear of starting the scary new stuff is my ultimate hindrance.

Courtney

Colorado, USA

Teresa McDowell

It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s so much more than just a drawing course.

Minnesota, USA

It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s so much more than just a drawing course.

Teresa McDowell

Minnesota, USA

Anjana

Such an enriching and serene experience

Thank you Carmen for providing such an enriching and serene experience with this Medicine Buddha course.
Though not an artist by any standards, your course, that was structured so beautifully, helped me draw the Buddha and have a meditative experience too in the process. Kudos to you for setting up a gr…

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Such an enriching and serene experience

Thank you Carmen for providing such an enriching and serene experience with this Medicine Buddha course.
Though not an artist by any standards, your course, that was structured so beautifully, helped me draw the Buddha and have a meditative experience too in the process. Kudos to you for setting up a great online course that guides us all the way with greatly paced and instructional demos.

Anjana

Heidi de Mare

A world opened up for me

What a beautiful experience! Drawing meticulous all aspects of the Medicine Buddha was an intense exploratory journey for me, in body and mind, and perhaps in the future also in my speech. Thanks, Carmen, for your attentive guidance and fascinating lectures, a world opened up for me that I will try to h…

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The Netherlands

A world opened up for me

What a beautiful experience! Drawing meticulous all aspects of the Medicine Buddha was an intense exploratory journey for me, in body and mind, and perhaps in the future also in my speech. Thanks, Carmen, for your attentive guidance and fascinating lectures, a world opened up for me that I will try to hold on to. I am looking forward to the color technique course to perfect both the Buddha face and the Medicine Buddha. Thanks again!

Heidi de Mare

The Netherlands

Johnny

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request to return to work full time put a spanner in the works for my time planning but I eventually managed to dedicate a few days.

It was difficult i…

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Ireland

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request to return to work full time put a spanner in the works for my time planning but I eventually managed to dedicate a few days.

It was difficult if Im being honest. Im still getting used to drawing and erasing the grid lines is quite a big deal. Especially with the face where I was happy with it at first but having to go over small details after erasing the face changed quite considerably. I’m glad I got it done in time though as trying to do this without the videos would be really tough and Im not sure how it might turn out.

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent. I loved the little touches like getting a gift of bookmarks – they’re fabulous ! and learned just how valuable a mono zero eraser is !! Looking forward to finding time now to learn to colour. Thank you so much. Its been a fantastic course.

Johnny

Ireland

Joyce Isabelle

I learned a lot

This course was beyond my expectations. I learned a lot. I like the eastern and western perspectives. I look at color differently now. Techniques learned here will filter in all off my work.

USA

I learned a lot

This course was beyond my expectations. I learned a lot. I like the eastern and western perspectives. I look at color differently now. Techniques learned here will filter in all off my work.

Joyce Isabelle

USA

Bill

New Jersey, USA

Bill

New Jersey, USA

Ferne

I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra, I receive subtle teachings about myself – what to let go off and what to focus o…

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New York City, USA

I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra, I receive subtle teachings about myself – what to let go off and what to focus on – how to expand my horizons. It’s a beautiful practice to engage in! I feel such gratitude to Carmen Mensink and the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art for reviving this ancient practice in our modern era!

Ferne

New York City, USA

Ànna

Will color the whole thangka

I can not yet make up my mind on how I should color the whole thangka. Of course with the right colors.

Belgium

Will color the whole thangka

I can not yet make up my mind on how I should color the whole thangka. Of course with the right colors.

Ànna

Belgium

Albel Sarmiento Cobo

Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all the amazing tips from the class!!! 🥰✨👩🏻‍🎨
La mejor de las experiencias, la energia de Tara Blanca es maravillosa, aun tengo tarea …

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Cancun, Mexico

Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all the amazing tips from the class!!! 🥰✨👩🏻‍🎨
La mejor de las experiencias, la energia de Tara Blanca es maravillosa, aun tengo tarea pendiente con el fondo sin embargo, esta siendo un maravilloso viaje ✨💖✨

Albel Sarmiento Cobo

Cancun, Mexico

Beth Jenkins

I have learned so much

I just finished the colored pencil coloring class and I have learned so much. There is so much information in this class. I loved how you included Rembrandt’s Shading techniques and the bonus videos. I am excited to begin my Buddha face class.

McGaheysville, VA, United States

I have learned so much

I just finished the colored pencil coloring class and I have learned so much. There is so much information in this class. I loved how you included Rembrandt’s Shading techniques and the bonus videos. I am excited to begin my Buddha face class.

Beth Jenkins

McGaheysville, VA, United States

Anne Crosbie

I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help

White Tara and the Colouring Technique course combo was my second and third course with Carmen but they definitely won’t be my last. As a hopeless painter I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help and only using coloured pencils. Thank you Carmen.

Australia

I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help

White Tara and the Colouring Technique course combo was my second and third course with Carmen but they definitely won’t be my last. As a hopeless painter I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help and only using coloured pencils. Thank you Carmen.

Anne Crosbie

Australia

Jo

Australia

Jo

Australia

Jennifer

The combination of art and the the meditative aspect of drawing has been very rewarding

I found Carmen’s classes online a few years ago but did not have the ability to attend an in-person class. I signed up for the emails and was delighted to see the online option.

I have been meditating for a few years on and off and have been reading about Buddhism. I am also a beginner artist. So the combinatio…

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USA

The combination of art and the the meditative aspect of drawing has been very rewarding

I found Carmen’s classes online a few years ago but did not have the ability to attend an in-person class. I signed up for the emails and was delighted to see the online option.

I have been meditating for a few years on and off and have been reading about Buddhism. I am also a beginner artist. So the combination of art and the the meditative aspect of drawing has been very rewarding.

The class was wonderful and perfectly tuned to the beginner. I work to overcome perfectionism and the grid helped me to relax and go with the process. I also appreciated learning more about Buddhism along the way.

Thank you for your wonderful class 🙂

Jennifer

USA

Laura Hirt

Nashville, TN, USA

Laura Hirt

Nashville, TN, USA

George Michael Cuesta

I learned a great deal and I am inspired to continue

Dear Carmen, Heartfelt thanks for offering this course. I learned a great deal and I am inspired to continue to practice drawing the Buddha’s face in order to improve the drawing.

New York, New York, United States of America

I learned a great deal and I am inspired to continue

Dear Carmen, Heartfelt thanks for offering this course. I learned a great deal and I am inspired to continue to practice drawing the Buddha’s face in order to improve the drawing.

George Michael Cuesta

New York, New York, United States of America

Annie Bien

There was something exciting, surprising, and comforting in drawing the Buddha’s face

I loved this class. I used to draw all the time, and then as I got older did it less and less, feeling I had plenty of time to draw between doing other things I wanted to do, particularly as a writer. But something always felt like it was missing. After I began practicing Buddhism in 1997, I started to translate the Kangyur into English with 84000, but…

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Brooklyn, NY USA

There was something exciting, surprising, and comforting in drawing the Buddha’s face

I loved this class. I used to draw all the time, and then as I got older did it less and less, feeling I had plenty of time to draw between doing other things I wanted to do, particularly as a writer. But something always felt like it was missing. After I began practicing Buddhism in 1997, I started to translate the Kangyur into English with 84000, but continued to think of that something missing from my childhood. I made friends through drawing and writing. 

Carmen’s course tied in my Buddhist practice to my current state of mind, as well as how I was as a child, but in a new way, that all was well at whatever age I have reached. When I was drawing my first Buddha’s face, there was something exciting, surprising, and comforting doing so, knowing that I was revealing my mind. Thank you so much for this class.

Annie Bien

Brooklyn, NY USA

Asha

Grateful for your generosity of spirit to share this knowledge

Though I was delayed due to a significant shoulder injury on my ‘drawing side’, I watched the videos and gratefully followed through with a drawing today. I have, hopefully temporarily, impacted my fine motor skills with my right hand due to the nerve pain. However, I am really so very pleased and grateful to have completed the Buddha face. I currently cannot colour it in due to physical l…

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Canada

Grateful for your generosity of spirit to share this knowledge

Though I was delayed due to a significant shoulder injury on my ‘drawing side’, I watched the videos and gratefully followed through with a drawing today. I have, hopefully temporarily, impacted my fine motor skills with my right hand due to the nerve pain. However, I am really so very pleased and grateful to have completed the Buddha face. I currently cannot colour it in due to physical limitations, but I am looking forward to continuing. 

I found the videos inspiring, beautyfull and informative. They were a great length to take bite-sized pieces and be able to really sit with the information before progressing. Having the opportunity to watch them all the way through and then return to watch them again with pad and pencil felt as though I was there with your class. I paused during the gridding and drawing so I could do it alongside your example and found it very supportive. 

The entire course is wonderful and I am very grateful for your generosity of spirit to share this knowledge. Heartfelt gratitude.

Asha

Canada

Bryan

What a fabulous experience

THANK YOU for such a wonderful course. We’ve had a lot of snow in our area (Eastern Pennsylvania) the last week, so my kids (ages 8 & 10yrs) decided to join in. What a fabulous experience.
We have so more practice to do, but for our 1st attempt, everyone is happy with the results!

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Pennsylvania, USA

What a fabulous experience

THANK YOU for such a wonderful course. We’ve had a lot of snow in our area (Eastern Pennsylvania) the last week, so my kids (ages 8 & 10yrs) decided to join in. What a fabulous experience.
We have so more practice to do, but for our 1st attempt, everyone is happy with the results!

Bryan

Pennsylvania, USA

Jess

A wonderful experience

There was a wonderful experience for me to have this opportunity to draw a Buddha face. Thank you Carmen to have this class.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A wonderful experience

There was a wonderful experience for me to have this opportunity to draw a Buddha face. Thank you Carmen to have this class.

Jess

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Michael Raboy

I highly recommend this class

I loved how organized the class was and how I was helped, step by step, in purchasing the necessary supplies and drawing the image. I have no drawing experience but with a little patience I was able to do much better than I thought possible. I also appreciate the background in Buddhism and meditation th…

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United States

I highly recommend this class

I loved how organized the class was and how I was helped, step by step, in purchasing the necessary supplies and drawing the image. I have no drawing experience but with a little patience I was able to do much better than I thought possible. I also appreciate the background in Buddhism and meditation that Carmen supplied. I highly recommend this class to anyone who might be interested.

Michael Raboy

United States

Sarah Margaret

…All I have wanted to do all week!

I LOVED the course Carmen. I am so looking forward to drawing more Buddha faces and especially trusting my hand to attempt a Thai Buddha face. I used to take art classes and drawing classes as a kid up through high school, but haven’t done much since then. All of my expectations and more were met….

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Montana, USA

…All I have wanted to do all week!

I LOVED the course Carmen. I am so looking forward to drawing more Buddha faces and especially trusting my hand to attempt a Thai Buddha face. I used to take art classes and drawing classes as a kid up through high school, but haven’t done much since then. All of my expectations and more were met. I found it challenging and so much fun…to the point that is all I have wanted to do all week! The most interesting part was drawing my own imbalances of my face and using practice, concentration and trust to balance it out. Amazing really. I am really excited to go into the Medicine Buddha course next. Thank you so much for this offering!

Sarah Margaret

Montana, USA

Jan PM Van den Broeck

A very profound healing experience

I have no previous drawing experience. I was like in a trance once I started drawing. The most wondrous and surprising sensation is when you look at the end result and your buddha nature is smiling at you. It really feels like that. It’s a very profound healing experience.

Many thanks for bringing…

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Valencia (Spain)

A very profound healing experience

I have no previous drawing experience. I was like in a trance once I started drawing. The most wondrous and surprising sensation is when you look at the end result and your buddha nature is smiling at you. It really feels like that. It’s a very profound healing experience.

Many thanks for bringing this to all of us!

Jan PM Van den Broeck

Valencia (Spain)

Sherry

Contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings!

I loved immersing myself in contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings! For me, it was a challenge – my current eye for symmetry and spatial relationships isn’t well developed but I felt quite motivated to keep trying! Carmen is a font of information and an excellent teache…

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USA

Contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings!

I loved immersing myself in contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings! For me, it was a challenge – my current eye for symmetry and spatial relationships isn’t well developed but I felt quite motivated to keep trying! Carmen is a font of information and an excellent teacher.

Sherry

USA

Bebe Choo

Love the meditative experience

Thanks Carmen. I love the meditative experience, will try to paint more often.

Singapore

Love the meditative experience

Thanks Carmen. I love the meditative experience, will try to paint more often.

Bebe Choo

Singapore

Beth Jenkins

I loved everything about this course!

I loved everything about this course! I loved the meditation and learning the history and symbolism of Thangka drawing.. Carmen is an excellent teacher. I loved the special videos that were interspersed throughout.. I have drawn since I was a child, but always fascinated by Buddhas and too intimidated t…

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United States

I loved everything about this course!

I loved everything about this course! I loved the meditation and learning the history and symbolism of Thangka drawing.. Carmen is an excellent teacher. I loved the special videos that were interspersed throughout.. I have drawn since I was a child, but always fascinated by Buddhas and too intimidated to try them..I knew they were sacred. I was so pleased to see my drawing when it was finished, and see that my own drawing was sacred too. Thank you Carmen.

Beth Jenkins

United States

Anouk Martens

The response of my loved ones said enough

Truly loved doing it, it was very relaxing to do and I enjoyed the background information.
I hope to use it more often while the response of my loved ones said enough – they loved the outcomes as well.
The extra Colouring Course with background of the Dutch masters felt as a true ‘gift to myself…

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Valkenburg aan de Geul

The response of my loved ones said enough

Truly loved doing it, it was very relaxing to do and I enjoyed the background information.
I hope to use it more often while the response of my loved ones said enough – they loved the outcomes as well.
The extra Colouring Course with background of the Dutch masters felt as a true ‘gift to myself’.

Anouk Martens

Valkenburg aan de Geul

Namita Pal

Felt so calm and balanced

It was a fantastic journey drawing the Buddha
Felt so calm and balanced after finishing the drawing

Pune, India

Felt so calm and balanced

It was a fantastic journey drawing the Buddha
Felt so calm and balanced after finishing the drawing

Namita Pal

Pune, India

Carol

It affected my meditation the following day

Doing this mini-retreat affected my meditation the following day. I was surprised in that I saw myself as a light body, if that makes sense. When I sat, I experienced some flashing of light and it was as if some transference happened. The story is a little longer than that but this is the gist. Since th…

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It affected my meditation the following day

Doing this mini-retreat affected my meditation the following day. I was surprised in that I saw myself as a light body, if that makes sense. When I sat, I experienced some flashing of light and it was as if some transference happened. The story is a little longer than that but this is the gist. Since that time, my reactionary impulses have reduced and I take things much less personally. Quite amazing.

Carol

Kathleen Horne

Clear directions that led to a successful and satisfying experience and end product

I loved the clear directions that led to a successful and satisfying experience and end product. I found the whole experience to be contemplative and nourishing! I would like to take another course. Thank you!

United States

Clear directions that led to a successful and satisfying experience and end product

I loved the clear directions that led to a successful and satisfying experience and end product. I found the whole experience to be contemplative and nourishing! I would like to take another course. Thank you!

Kathleen Horne

United States

James Bleifus

This course is easy to follow

This course is easy to follow, and I’m excited by how quickly I was able to make a passable thangka. I had very little drawing experience, but a lot of passion.

Viet Nam

This course is easy to follow

This course is easy to follow, and I’m excited by how quickly I was able to make a passable thangka. I had very little drawing experience, but a lot of passion.

James Bleifus

Viet Nam

Marie-Francoise

The drawing happened better when I was connected directly to my heart

Thank you very much Carmen for the good leading through the experience.
I did it on an A3 paper and enhanced the proportions.. It was interesting to draw bigger! It was like drawing with a magnifying glass..
Normally the Bouddha face is resembling one.. this time i don’t find myself in it.
Many time I d…

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The Netherlands

The drawing happened better when I was connected directly to my heart

Thank you very much Carmen for the good leading through the experience.
I did it on an A3 paper and enhanced the proportions.. It was interesting to draw bigger! It was like drawing with a magnifying glass..
Normally the Bouddha face is resembling one.. this time i don’t find myself in it.
Many time I drew with the paper upside-down it helps me to disconnect from the concept of what I see and want to have.
I also discover that the drawing happened better when I was connected directly to my heart and didn’t manipulate myself to draw nicely..

Marie-Francoise

The Netherlands

Wilma Schoonaard

Enjoyed the guidance

Such a lovely, relaxed drawing time. Enjoyed the guidance.

Tiel, The Netherlands

Enjoyed the guidance

Such a lovely, relaxed drawing time. Enjoyed the guidance.

Wilma Schoonaard

Tiel, The Netherlands

Coen

Love the course!!! 

This is my Medicine Buddha so far – I love the course!!!

The Netherlands

Love the course!!! 

This is my Medicine Buddha so far – I love the course!!!

Coen

The Netherlands

Lili

It was a beautiful and deep experience!

This is my pencil version. Thank you SO MUCH Carmen! i dedicate these drawings to you too… I´ve been longing to do this and i’d like to keep on and maybe one day on site! It was a beautiful and deep experience!
Nice to meet you all!

Mexico city

It was a beautiful and deep experience!

This is my pencil version. Thank you SO MUCH Carmen! i dedicate these drawings to you too… I´ve been longing to do this and i’d like to keep on and maybe one day on site! It was a beautiful and deep experience!
Nice to meet you all!

Lili

Mexico city

Mara

I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara

I feel very grateful for this experience.
This time I was more confident with the pencil especially when I erased the grit and went over the drawing again. I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara, graceful but assertive and with more clarity in what I was doing. I will start soon coloring the Tara and I …

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Sedona AZ US

I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara

I feel very grateful for this experience.
This time I was more confident with the pencil especially when I erased the grit and went over the drawing again. I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara, graceful but assertive and with more clarity in what I was doing. I will start soon coloring the Tara and I feel very excited to learn more about coloring techniques.
Thank you Carmen for the amazing opportunity of taking the course on line. So well done in every aspect. And I love to dive into Buddhist philosophy and learn more of this art.

Mara

Sedona AZ US

Melissa Ebeling

Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, history, drawing details, color, great course materials…. all so wonderful… I’m a seasoned artist, however art I feel is more of an infinite n…

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Maui, Hawaii

Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, history, drawing details, color, great course materials…. all so wonderful… I’m a seasoned artist, however art I feel is more of an infinite never ending learning journey…. So grateful for this wonderful class. 🙏🏻💖

Melissa Ebeling

Maui, Hawaii

Susan

De cursus online pakte beter uit voor mij dan verwacht

Goede cursus, met duidelijke instructies. De cursus online pakte beter uit voor mij dan verwacht. Ik had al ervaring met tekenen via Carmen’s cursussen op locatie.

Den Haag, Nederland

De cursus online pakte beter uit voor mij dan verwacht

Goede cursus, met duidelijke instructies. De cursus online pakte beter uit voor mij dan verwacht. Ik had al ervaring met tekenen via Carmen’s cursussen op locatie.

Susan

Den Haag, Nederland

Anne Crosbie

Australia

Anne Crosbie

Australia

Grace B. Yap-Kirk

Feels great upon completion

Immense gratitude to Carmen for the course, which gave structure to my process of thangka drawing. The lectures provided meaning, symbolism and Buddhist philosophy concepts besides drawing with contemplation. Feels great upon completion.

(digital artwork drawn and coloured using Procreate; halos and bac…

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Brisbane, Australia

Feels great upon completion

Immense gratitude to Carmen for the course, which gave structure to my process of thangka drawing. The lectures provided meaning, symbolism and Buddhist philosophy concepts besides drawing with contemplation. Feels great upon completion.

(digital artwork drawn and coloured using Procreate; halos and backdrop are digitally altered images using copyright-free pictures)

Grace B. Yap-Kirk

Brisbane, Australia

Toni

Giving a real retreat feel

Thank you Carmen. It’s been great to ‘begin’ drawing White Tara through the zoom course. Incredibly well presented and delivered giving a real retreat feel, especially at such a time when we can’t meet in person.
It’s been lovely knowing that around the world we have all been focusing on White…

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United Kingdom

Giving a real retreat feel

Thank you Carmen. It’s been great to ‘begin’ drawing White Tara through the zoom course. Incredibly well presented and delivered giving a real retreat feel, especially at such a time when we can’t meet in person.
It’s been lovely knowing that around the world we have all been focusing on White Tara at the same time.

Toni

United Kingdom

Theresa G

My ninth year working with Carmen

I finally finished my White Tara!
This is my ninth year working with Carmen and it is always an amazing experience. Doing this course helped me to finish my drawing.

New York, USA

My ninth year working with Carmen

I finally finished my White Tara!
This is my ninth year working with Carmen and it is always an amazing experience. Doing this course helped me to finish my drawing.

Theresa G

New York, USA

Susan

The online course turned out better than expected

Good course, with clear instructions. The online course turned out better than expected for me. I already had drawing experience though Carmen’s onsite courses.

The Hague, Netherlands

The online course turned out better than expected

Good course, with clear instructions. The online course turned out better than expected for me. I already had drawing experience though Carmen’s onsite courses.

Susan

The Hague, Netherlands

Wendy Insinger, New York, USA

I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all

This course was amazing! I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all. Carmen’s videos are incredible, as it all the detail, information, and compassion she puts into teaching!!!

I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all

This course was amazing! I really thought it would be impossible for me to draw at all. Carmen’s videos are incredible, as it all the detail, information, and compassion she puts into teaching!!!

Wendy Insinger, New York, USA

Emelia Berol, northern California

Now I feel I have the knowledge to complete my drawings

I love the way the course is laid out and developed, taking us through each step with lectures and then exercises. I enjoyed the lectures about the old Dutch masters very much, and the way Carmen segued into Tangka.
It’s very clear and helpful and now I feel I have the knowledge to complete my drawing…

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northern California, USA

Now I feel I have the knowledge to complete my drawings

I love the way the course is laid out and developed, taking us through each step with lectures and then exercises. I enjoyed the lectures about the old Dutch masters very much, and the way Carmen segued into Tangka.
It’s very clear and helpful and now I feel I have the knowledge to complete my drawings from previous classes.

Emelia Berol, northern California

northern California, USA

Ven. Karma Shan Tan, Singapore

Really enjoyed the lessons

Palms joined in Heartfelt gratitude to Teacher Carmen for the guidance via the video teachings. Had really enjoyed the lessons and really took time to meditate and chant before each drawing. Had also repeatedly observed in meditative concentration to finetune again and again. Thus, like to apologise for…

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Really enjoyed the lessons

Palms joined in Heartfelt gratitude to Teacher Carmen for the guidance via the video teachings. Had really enjoyed the lessons and really took time to meditate and chant before each drawing. Had also repeatedly observed in meditative concentration to finetune again and again. Thus, like to apologise for submitting an uncompleted draft as really taking time to repeat watching the lessons and repeat fine tuning for each part. Since I have zero background, would appreciate if Teacher Carmen could share more in detail from her wealth of experiences on how to attain the symmetry of both left and right sides especially with the eyes, mouth and nose.

Ven. Karma Shan Tan, Singapore

Anne Montano, California, USA

Helping me get through this difficult time

This was (is) a beautiful, meditative experience which is helping me get through this difficult time. I look forward to taking another class in the future.

Helping me get through this difficult time

This was (is) a beautiful, meditative experience which is helping me get through this difficult time. I look forward to taking another class in the future.

Anne Montano, California, USA

Karla, Chile

I never thought I could do a Buddha face!

Thanks for the teachings, I never thought I could do a Buddha face!
An amazing journey… Thank you Carmen!

I never thought I could do a Buddha face!

Thanks for the teachings, I never thought I could do a Buddha face!
An amazing journey… Thank you Carmen!

Karla, Chile

Tenzin Nyidron, Vietnam

For all sentient beings to be happy and free of suffering

I’m so happy to attend this class and thanks for the teacher, Carmen, who is so kind and experience. I’m not good in drawing but realised what I dream. When I draw Buddha face, I think of all Buddha’s quality, visualise Buddha, then the grid then draw it. I read sometimes the mantra of Buddha Shakya Muni. When colo…

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For all sentient beings to be happy and free of suffering

I’m so happy to attend this class and thanks for the teacher, Carmen, who is so kind and experience. I’m not good in drawing but realised what I dream. When I draw Buddha face, I think of all Buddha’s quality, visualise Buddha, then the grid then draw it. I read sometimes the mantra of Buddha Shakya Muni. When coloring, I can see better the independent origination, all the draw, color, one by one to make his appearance. Just relax the mind, think of Buddha’s quality, continue to color. The most dificult is how to show via the drawing Budha’s compassion and wisdom. Compassion I try to make his eyes, look upon beings with loving, kindness “I show you the path, it’s your choice to follow”. Then the wisdom, I try to make via the hallow, blue circle by making the following one zen tradition of painting circle, just draw circle, visualise of his wisdom raise. And Buddha has the 3 kayas, then the Nirmakaya, his appearance, Sambogakaya, his smile and the light, Dharmakaya in his wisdom appeare.
That is my way to complete the Buddha’s face.
Thank you for Carmen to guide me and explain clearly.
I dedicate for Carmen’s work to help more people can draw their dream, for all sentient beings be happy and free of suffering.

Tenzin Nyidron, Vietnam

Camila Prete, Maui, Hawaii

It’s been a very great process

Hi Carmen.
I’m still working on finishing of my Buddha face but wanted to send to you ,so you can see where I am at.
I haven’t worked with color pencil in a while. 🙂 I’ve been having fun tho!
Here is what I got so far:

I am Doing the background in acrylics.

I want to bring up that it has been a very meditative work and a lots of thought keep coming in to my mind. I …

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It’s been a very great process

Hi Carmen.
I’m still working on finishing of my Buddha face but wanted to send to you ,so you can see where I am at.
I haven’t worked with color pencil in a while. 🙂 I’ve been having fun tho!
Here is what I got so far:

I am Doing the background in acrylics.

I want to bring up that it has been a very meditative work and a lots of thought keep coming in to my mind. I have been notice how it interfere on my painting. Even when I have thought that are not so pleasant, I notice I get more sloppy. And I have practice coming back to my relaxed enjoyable state of mind.
Also looking at Buddha face have been feeling like Buddha is looking at me, and I apologize at times for thinking or judging people or Situations. Like asking for forgiveness. And then I remember that You said that is a reflection of ourselves, so I change it to apologize to myself and forgive myself for those human feelings.

It’s been a very great process.

To connect to my art , creativity, myself and the Divinity of all of it.

Also my cat have been jumping on my Thangka drawing and I get a little nervous so it’s also another exercise, i remember that you teach about the animals. So I replace my nervous acting with put him on my lap and start to pet him.

Practice, practice, practice 🙂
I really appreciate learning with you.

And I am very grateful!

Thank you so much for your patience.

Much love
Aloha🌺
Camila

Camila Prete, Maui, Hawaii

Anne Crosbie

I gained confidence in colouring which I never had before

I loved this course. I approached it with a degree of skepticism thinking colouring pencils could only ever achieve a matte and flat finish but the shine achievable using Carmen’s techniques even for a beginner like me is amazing. Carmen has kept up her usual very high standard with this course. I…

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I gained confidence in colouring which I never had before

I loved this course. I approached it with a degree of skepticism thinking colouring pencils could only ever achieve a matte and flat finish but the shine achievable using Carmen’s techniques even for a beginner like me is amazing. Carmen has kept up her usual very high standard with this course. I loved the extra bits like learning from the Dutch Masters and all the links to documentaries on colour. The most important thing for me though was that in this course I gained confidence in colouring my Buddhist drawings which I never had before thanks to the way Carmen gently and methodically guides from the simple to more complex Buddhist symbols in her very quiet relaxed approach. I was colouring in confidently before I realised it. Thank you very much Carmen. I hope to do many more courses with you.

Anne Crosbie

Lorraine Kardash

I liked being able to work at my own pace

I liked being able to work at my own pace, which is currently slow, and being able to return to the lessons and relisten. So the online experience was surprisingly a good one! Most of all I loved the connection that evolved by using the Medicine Buddha Mantra, the beautiful, exquisite guided meditation,…

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Gorham, Maine, USA

I liked being able to work at my own pace

I liked being able to work at my own pace, which is currently slow, and being able to return to the lessons and relisten. So the online experience was surprisingly a good one! Most of all I loved the connection that evolved by using the Medicine Buddha Mantra, the beautiful, exquisite guided meditation, and the drawing process. My mind and body rebelled at first, having to be so exact and work at it. I had to erase so much! I am going on to the coloring course so will continue working.

Lorraine Kardash

Gorham, Maine, USA

Trudi de Kok

Recommended!!!

I have been attending Carmen’s workshops for over seven years now, and I have not finished learning yet. The more you delve into this matter, the more fascinating it becomes. Drawing Thangka is a special and wonderful hobby, and Carmen is a fantastic teacher; passionate, but also very clear in her…

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Recommended!!!

I have been attending Carmen’s workshops for over seven years now, and I have not finished learning yet. The more you delve into this matter, the more fascinating it becomes. Drawing Thangka is a special and wonderful hobby, and Carmen is a fantastic teacher; passionate, but also very clear in her explanation and inspiring in terms of guidance. Recommended!!!!!!

Trudi de Kok

Robin

Very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting

The class exceeded my expectations. There was so much information, from learning about the history and background of the Medicine Buddha and Tibetan medicine; the meditation, the Medicine Buddha mantra and chanting to the actual drawing and coloring. It was very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance durin…

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New Jersey, USA

Very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting

The class exceeded my expectations. There was so much information, from learning about the history and background of the Medicine Buddha and Tibetan medicine; the meditation, the Medicine Buddha mantra and chanting to the actual drawing and coloring. It was very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting. The class was a joy to experience.

Robin

New Jersey, USA

Alaya

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with any formal education I do not have and very much enjoyed learning from Carmen her vast knowledge of both art history and Buddhism.
Carmen has alw…

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Washington, USA

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with any formal education I do not have and very much enjoyed learning from Carmen her vast knowledge of both art history and Buddhism.
Carmen has always been so encouraging and inspiration because I thought I’d never get this far.
I still have much to color and hope to have it done soon.
Thank You!

Alaya

Washington, USA

Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar

I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have been drawing different buddha’s before, but with White Tara there was a connection, I never had experienced before. Her mantra keeps coming in t…

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Heemskerk, the Netherlands

I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have been drawing different buddha’s before, but with White Tara there was a connection, I never had experienced before. Her mantra keeps coming in to my mind. Last night even, I dreamt that the buddha Amithabha, her companion above her in the drawing, presented to me the bowl he is holding in his hands. Now I probably have to figure out what it means for me 🙂
He is the buddha of meditation and maybe he says to me to take more time to meditate. I find this the most difficult exercise. It seems never to be the right moment to sit and meditate :).
I’ve enjoyed every aspect of this course including the lectures. I was very happy that I could go back each time to the information. It gave me a lot more time to take it all in, as English is not my native language.
I have dedicated the drawing to my oldest sister who is going through a difficult period after an open heart surgery on the 8th of October.
Hope to follow more of your courses in the future.
Thank you Carmen for your warm energy.

Love Gé

Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar

Heemskerk, the Netherlands

Marja

What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting me to join. It helped me through stressy moments, or to fall in sleep.
I enjoyed the drawing very much. Luckily I can go on with coloring my Ta…

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The Netherlands

What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting me to join. It helped me through stressy moments, or to fall in sleep.
I enjoyed the drawing very much. Luckily I can go on with coloring my Tara drawing.

Marja

The Netherlands

Susan

Wat was het weer fijn om deze te maken

Mijn 2e buddha, dit keer op een troon. Hij is nog niet helemaal klaar, want de kleine tekeningetjes in de troon moeten nog getekend worden. En daarna mag ik het gaan inkleuren!
Wat was het weer fijn om deze te maken.

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The Hague, Netherlands

Wat was het weer fijn om deze te maken

Mijn 2e buddha, dit keer op een troon. Hij is nog niet helemaal klaar, want de kleine tekeningetjes in de troon moeten nog getekend worden. En daarna mag ik het gaan inkleuren!
Wat was het weer fijn om deze te maken.

Susan

The Hague, Netherlands

Susan

My 2nd Medicine Buddha, this time on a throne

My 2nd Medicine Buddha, this time on a throne. It is not quite finished yet, because the small drawings in the throne have yet to be drawn. And then I can start coloring it!
How nice it was to make this again.

The Netherlands

My 2nd Medicine Buddha, this time on a throne

My 2nd Medicine Buddha, this time on a throne. It is not quite finished yet, because the small drawings in the throne have yet to be drawn. And then I can start coloring it!
How nice it was to make this again.

Susan

The Netherlands

Karin Meijer

Mijn verwachtingen meer dan waar gemaakt

De cursus Colouring Techniques vond ik erg leuk om te doen, vooral dat de oefeningen die je had gemaakt tot aan het eind werden gebruikt om alle technieken te oefenen. Door tussentijds foto’s te maken, kun je stapsgewijs zien wat de oefeningen laten veranderen in de tekening.
De verbinding met de Nederl…

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Haarlem (the Netherlands)

Mijn verwachtingen meer dan waar gemaakt

De cursus Colouring Techniques vond ik erg leuk om te doen, vooral dat de oefeningen die je had gemaakt tot aan het eind werden gebruikt om alle technieken te oefenen. Door tussentijds foto’s te maken, kun je stapsgewijs zien wat de oefeningen laten veranderen in de tekening.
De verbinding met de Nederlandse Meesters vond ik erg interessant en daaruit voortvloeiende de eerste oefening ook, alleen deze manier van schaduw aanbrengen ben ik verder in de cursus niet tegengekomen en ik heb deze manier ook niet toegepast.
De cursus gaat mij zeker helpen met het kleuren van de Witte Tara; ik heb de cursus niet gebruikt bij het gezicht van de Boeddha, omdat ik de cursus toen nog niet helemaal had doorgewerkt. De cursus heeft mijn verwachtingen meer dan waar gemaakt.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem (the Netherlands)

Karin Meijer

More than lived up to my expectations

I really enjoyed doing the course, especially that the exercises you made were used to the end to practice all the techniques. By taking pictures in the meantime, you can see step by step what the exercises change in the drawing.
I found the connection with the Dutch Masters very interesting and as a result o…

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Haarlem, The Netherlands

More than lived up to my expectations

I really enjoyed doing the course, especially that the exercises you made were used to the end to practice all the techniques. By taking pictures in the meantime, you can see step by step what the exercises change in the drawing.
I found the connection with the Dutch Masters very interesting and as a result of that the first exercise also, only this way of shading I have not encountered further in the course and I have not applied this way.
The course will certainly help me with coloring the White Tara; I did not use the course on the Face of the Buddha, because I had not fully worked through the course then. The course has more than lived up to my expectations.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Maxine

Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understanding of what I am drawing.
I have lots to learn but confident that I can improve my drawing and develop some skill with colouring techniques if…

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Queensland, Australia

Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understanding of what I am drawing.
I have lots to learn but confident that I can improve my drawing and develop some skill with colouring techniques if I follow your Colouring Techniques course. Big, big thanks for making this last course available to your students for an extended time.

I’m looking forward to colouring my White Tara – and to your next course.

Maxine

Queensland, Australia

Betty van Vorselen

Inspirerende cursus

Inspirerende cursus Medicijnboeddha. Mooie achtergrondinformatie en prachtige mantras.

Nederland

Inspirerende cursus

Inspirerende cursus Medicijnboeddha. Mooie achtergrondinformatie en prachtige mantras.

Betty van Vorselen

Nederland

Lorraine Kardash

The spiritual practices were so meaningfully integrated

My expectations were more than met by this course. I especially loved the spiritual practices, which were so meaningfully integrated. The combination of all the elements was helpful and enjoyable. My coloring technique is at present in need of more practice – makes me want to try my hand at another cour…

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Gorham, Maine, United States

The spiritual practices were so meaningfully integrated

My expectations were more than met by this course. I especially loved the spiritual practices, which were so meaningfully integrated. The combination of all the elements was helpful and enjoyable. My coloring technique is at present in need of more practice – makes me want to try my hand at another course!
Thank you so much for doing this!

Lorraine Kardash

Gorham, Maine, United States

Valeria

I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.
For me the combination of my love of art and Buddhist practice coming together in one class is so precious!!
Much appreciation for your genero…

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United States

I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.
For me the combination of my love of art and Buddhist practice coming together in one class is so precious!!
Much appreciation for your generosity in sharing your passions so clearly with deep respect for the tradition.
Namaste,
Valeria

Valeria

United States

Alaya

Supervised by my kitty, Atisha

Here is White Tara in progress being supervised by my kitty, Atisha. I think she is approving!

Washington, USA

Supervised by my kitty, Atisha

Here is White Tara in progress being supervised by my kitty, Atisha. I think she is approving!

Alaya

Washington, USA

Marco

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Netherlands

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Marco

Netherlands

Peter Prommel

So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so well listed and clearly explained. It was a joyful time for me and for everyone in my house. Thank you Carmen!!!

Vreeland, thé Netherlands

So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so well listed and clearly explained. It was a joyful time for me and for everyone in my house. Thank you Carmen!!!

Peter Prommel

Vreeland, thé Netherlands

Moira McCaul

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! I hope to have time soon to work on completing Tara 🙂

United States

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! I hope to have time soon to work on completing Tara 🙂

Moira McCaul

United States

Katharine Macaulay

I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, Buddhist teachings, mantras. and a wonderful instructor who makes it all so accessible.
The meditative drawing experience for me is one of peacef…

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Pueblo, Colorado, US

I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, Buddhist teachings, mantras. and a wonderful instructor who makes it all so accessible.
The meditative drawing experience for me is one of peaceful, single pointed focus and development of patience that I never thought I could achieve.
Buddhas arising from paper and pencil… what a Joy!

May All Benefit

Katharine Macaulay

Pueblo, Colorado, US

Sharon McKenzie

I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well

I took a class last summer, live, in Italy, and have wanted to paint the Medicine Buddha for years. I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well. Thanks. It is clear, nicely divided up into sections, so you can do as much or as little as you have time for, and come back, know where you are and continue. Recording these classes is …

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Santa Barbara, California

I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well

I took a class last summer, live, in Italy, and have wanted to paint the Medicine Buddha for years. I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well. Thanks. It is clear, nicely divided up into sections, so you can do as much or as little as you have time for, and come back, know where you are and continue. Recording these classes is a work of love, now they will be accessible to more people who can’t travel. Grazie Carmen. Tanti grazie.

About the Colouring Techniques Course:
Wow. Yes, Carmen, what a fabulous course. I didn’t really know what you would present. It is a very comprehensive drawing course, introducing pencil and shading and blending and color and how to use it. I love all the examples of students work. Seeing the variety and different personal styles gave me the courage and inspiration to keep going. It was also very nice, not being in a classroom with other students, being able to see other people’s work, and some other faces. I loved, loved, loved the supplementary bonus links to Rembrandt and Vermeer and Van Gogh, I spent hours in the museums drinking in your rich heritage. Thank you.

I’ve never really used colored pencil formally before and I am grateful to learn new techniques. Who knew how many values you can get with one color pencil? And with the instruction on blending I now know how others achieved the softness in their Thangkas. I didn’t know you could use Q-tips, or paint thinner to blend and extend the color. I very much like the water color effect you can get with the solvents.

If I had taken this color class first, my Medicine Buddha would have been very different. I won’t struggle so much with my next one, having learned so much in this course. I missed the comradery of the classroom, but I loved being able to pause and rewind and practice and re-listen to the different lessons.

 

Sharon McKenzie

Santa Barbara, California

Karin Meijer

Een hele nieuwe en aangename manier van tekenen

Geheel blanco ben ik aan de cursussen van Carmen begonnen en wist niet wat ik kon verwachten. Alle cursussen zijn mij goed bevallen en hebben al mijn verwachtingen overtroffen.
Al het materiaal is heel duidelijk opgezet en is ook zeer uitgebreid.
Zonder enige ervaring in het tekenen van thangka’s heb ik een mooie tekening kunnen maken dankzij alle instructies en hulpmiddelen geboden in de cursus. Al jaren t…

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Haarlem, The Netherlands

Een hele nieuwe en aangename manier van tekenen

Geheel blanco ben ik aan de cursussen van Carmen begonnen en wist niet wat ik kon verwachten. Alle cursussen zijn mij goed bevallen en hebben al mijn verwachtingen overtroffen.
Al het materiaal is heel duidelijk opgezet en is ook zeer uitgebreid.
Zonder enige ervaring in het tekenen van thangka’s heb ik een mooie tekening kunnen maken dankzij alle instructies en hulpmiddelen geboden in de cursus. Al jaren teken en kleur ik mandala’s, maar dit was weer een hele nieuwe en aangename manier van tekenen.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Karin Meijer

A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very clearly set up and is also very extensive.
Without any experience in drawing thangkas I was able to make a beautiful drawing thanks to all the i…

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Haarlem, the Netherlands

A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very clearly set up and is also very extensive.
Without any experience in drawing thangkas I was able to make a beautiful drawing thanks to all the instructions and tools provided in the course. I have been drawing and coloring mandalas for years, but this was a whole new and pleasant way of drawing.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, the Netherlands

Anjana

Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details but the energy of Tara was such that I could complete the entire drawing wit…

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Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details but the energy of Tara was such that I could complete the entire drawing with focus and calmness never experienced before. Loved every bit of if.

Anjana

Betty van Vorselen

Inspiring course

Inspiring course. Great background information and beautiful mantras.

The Netherlands

Inspiring course

Inspiring course. Great background information and beautiful mantras.

Betty van Vorselen

The Netherlands