The Art of Thangka drawing & painting

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H.H. the Dalai Lama visiting The Netherlands!

We are very happy to announce the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Rotterdam, the Netherlands in Sept. 2018, where he will offer several teachings. Like his previous visits to Holland, Carmen Mensink is asked again to welcome him with a special painting of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. During the event you can also visit Carmen’s booth, where you can buy her thangkas, thangka cards and bookmarks, as well as Tibetan and Nepalese jewelry.

Miroirs de l’âme

Interview with Carmen Mensink in the French edition of Happinez Magazine, Le Premier Mindstyle Magazine, click on the picture to read the interview:
“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
Overview of venues

Carmen Mensink offers courses, workshops, retreats, lectures and guided tours on Buddhist Art at many different places around the world. Here you can check if she comes to a place near you. New venues are added throughout the year.

> Check out all the places where Carmen teaches

Looking back on a wonderful Thangka Painting Retreat in Italy

The annual summer painting retreat in Northern Italy was a great success again, here you can check out the pictures. This year’s subject was ‘Green Tara and the 21 Taras’, and people from all over the world came together to enjoy the drawing & painting classes, as well as the meditation sessions, lectures on Buddhist art, the beautiful area, special premises and the amazing (organically grown) Italian food, and the friendships that were made. The 2019 Thangka Painting Retreat in Italy will be held from June 28 to July 7.

Exhibition on The Life of Buddha in Amsterdam

From 16 sept 2018 to 3 feb 2019 a special exhibition will be on show in Amsterdam, that includes a personal thangka of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The very first Thangka Art Course in Sri Lanka

Read all about this wonderful last year’s trip with Ven. Banthe and Carmen Mensink. This combination of an Art retreat & Sightseeing tour will be held again within a few years’ time. A similar Thangka Painting course in Nepal (with sightseeing) is coming up as well, and will probably be held in 2020.
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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 (in Dutch) made by Happinez Magazine. Check also the article about Carmen and her artwork in Happinez Magazine.

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


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


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!)


> 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.

> 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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