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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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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.

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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 meditat…

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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 hele…

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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

Zeist

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 …

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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

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

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 te…

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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 intimidat…

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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 my…

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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. Sinc…

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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

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 brin…

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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)

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 …

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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

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 meditatio…

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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

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….

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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…

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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 p…

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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

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.

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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

Teresa McDowell

The best way to spend “me” time

I really look forward to these classes. I found that it is the best way to spend “me” time. I enjoyed how the course was set up with students gaining access to 1 module per week. This way we didn’t feel too overwhelmed by all the work there is to be done. It is always such a pleasu…

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Minnesota, US

The best way to spend “me” time

I really look forward to these classes. I found that it is the best way to spend “me” time. I enjoyed how the course was set up with students gaining access to 1 module per week. This way we didn’t feel too overwhelmed by all the work there is to be done. It is always such a pleasure to take a thangka class with Carmen.

Teresa McDowell

Minnesota, US

Tansy

Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher

This was a wonderful course and Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher. I can’t wait to draw with Carmen again, and hopefully in person one of these days! Thank-you so much Carmen for offering these beautiful classes.

Hershey USA

Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher

This was a wonderful course and Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher. I can’t wait to draw with Carmen again, and hopefully in person one of these days! Thank-you so much Carmen for offering these beautiful classes.

Tansy

Hershey USA

Marja

Wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism

Thank you so much Carmen for (again) this wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism. I enjoyed every step, each week another symbol and another aspect to explore in myself. What is the meaning for me, what can I improve. Some symbols were easy to draw, flowing, others were exciting or I …

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Nieuwleusen, Netherlands

Wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism

Thank you so much Carmen for (again) this wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism. I enjoyed every step, each week another symbol and another aspect to explore in myself. What is the meaning for me, what can I improve. Some symbols were easy to draw, flowing, others were exciting or I noticed some resistance in myself. And that matched the way I felt about the meaning of the symbols at first. After drawing that changed for some symbols, others have a deeper meaning now.
The teachings, lectures and meditations are very supportive, give a wider perspective of the symbols.
Throughout the course I became more at home in myself, happier and happier.
THANK YOU!

Marja

Nieuwleusen, Netherlands

Aniko Saskoi

Drawing is my real meditation

I really enjoyed this course. I loved diving in the meanings of the symbols and reflecting on them. Although the morning meditations were great, drawing is my real meditation. Thank you.

Hungary

Drawing is my real meditation

I really enjoyed this course. I loved diving in the meanings of the symbols and reflecting on them. Although the morning meditations were great, drawing is my real meditation. Thank you.

Aniko Saskoi

Hungary

Katharine Macaulay

The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind

The Eight Auspiscious Symbols and meanings were wonderful. The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind. Understanding flows in a way that bypasses conscious endeavour. Teachings flow into the art and it becomes awake.

Colorado. USA

The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind

The Eight Auspiscious Symbols and meanings were wonderful. The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind. Understanding flows in a way that bypasses conscious endeavour. Teachings flow into the art and it becomes awake.

Katharine Macaulay

Colorado. USA

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Room to play with the drawings

Dear Carmen
The lessons were really a gift. Not only the drawings but also all your informative topics. It gave me a beautiful overview that the Buddhist teachings and Raja yoga have the similar mindfulness and approaches for transforming our minds.
And I want to say Carmen that you gave us (me) als…

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Heemskerk, Netherlands

Room to play with the drawings

Dear Carmen
The lessons were really a gift. Not only the drawings but also all your informative topics. It gave me a beautiful overview that the Buddhist teachings and Raja yoga have the similar mindfulness and approaches for transforming our minds.
And I want to say Carmen that you gave us (me) also room to play with the drawings. I am always wondering if it is allowed to play with this kind of art. I discovered that it are beautiful guidelines to start and follow and I also discovered that it is important to follow my own feelings that to be fit into the drawings.
So we can discover our own energies. If we look to our drawings we can ‘read’ and discover a lot of our own minds (and sometimes it confronts 😉).
I have enjoyed every second of this course, and hope to follow more in future. I am also really curious about if you can teach how to páint a thangka in a online course. This is a desire I have for some years 😊.
Carmen I only have complements for you about the quality of your lessons.
Love Gé

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Heemskerk, Netherlands

Karin Meijer

Clear instructions & two grids of every symbol

The course was wonderful. A lot of information and pictures about the symbols. Of every symbol two grids: one for drawing the symbol separate and one for drawing the symbol in a mandala. During ten weeks I have received a big present. Thanks to Carmen for the very clear instructions and for the good…

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Haarlem, The Netherlands

Clear instructions & two grids of every symbol

The course was wonderful. A lot of information and pictures about the symbols. Of every symbol two grids: one for drawing the symbol separate and one for drawing the symbol in a mandala. During ten weeks I have received a big present. Thanks to Carmen for the very clear instructions and for the good care.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Wil de Ruiter

Didn’t expect that I would like it that much online

Each week I was looking forward to Friday, to be able to start the new lesson again. First delve into the texts and then work out the drawing, great.
Didn’t expect that I would like it that much online, but I did, especially with all the extras.
It was super, thank you.

Netherlands

Didn’t expect that I would like it that much online

Each week I was looking forward to Friday, to be able to start the new lesson again. First delve into the texts and then work out the drawing, great.
Didn’t expect that I would like it that much online, but I did, especially with all the extras.
It was super, thank you.

Wil de Ruiter

Netherlands

Wil de Ruiter

Had niet verwacht dat ik het online ook zo leuk zou vinden

Ik keek elke week weer uit naar de vrijdag, om de nieuwe les weer te mogen beginnen, eerst me verdiepen in de tekst en dan de tekening uitwerken, geweldig.
Had niet verwacht dat ik het online ook zo leuk zou vinden, maar dat vond ik het wel, vooral met alle extra’s erbij.
Super en bedankt.

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Netherlands

Had niet verwacht dat ik het online ook zo leuk zou vinden

Ik keek elke week weer uit naar de vrijdag, om de nieuwe les weer te mogen beginnen, eerst me verdiepen in de tekst en dan de tekening uitwerken, geweldig.
Had niet verwacht dat ik het online ook zo leuk zou vinden, maar dat vond ik het wel, vooral met alle extra’s erbij.
Super en bedankt.

Wil de Ruiter

Netherlands

Natalia Melnikova

I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing

Dear Teacher, this course was an incredible experience for me. 9 weeks of deep immersion into Buddhist teachings and meditative drawing. I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing. I left some of my works little bit unfinished, so I can go back to them and enjoy the process again and ag…

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Marbella, Spain

I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing

Dear Teacher, this course was an incredible experience for me. 9 weeks of deep immersion into Buddhist teachings and meditative drawing. I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing. I left some of my works little bit unfinished, so I can go back to them and enjoy the process again and again. I will be waiting for new courses to come! Thank you for an unforgettable retreat, Carmen! You are a great Master ❤️❤️❤️

Natalia Melnikova

Marbella, Spain

Agnes

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online.
Thank you Carmen to teach us remotely, your teachings are top quality.
I would love to follow a painting class online if we can still not travel.

Abcoude, Netherlands

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online.
Thank you Carmen to teach us remotely, your teachings are top quality.
I would love to follow a painting class online if we can still not travel.

Agnes

Abcoude, Netherlands

Lorraine Kardash

An inspiration in many ways!

I do have some drawing experience but found the level of focus and concentration needed for the mandala a challenge! Thank you again for making these courses available for us at home in such a meaningful and caring way. It is an inspiration in many ways!

United States

An inspiration in many ways!

I do have some drawing experience but found the level of focus and concentration needed for the mandala a challenge! Thank you again for making these courses available for us at home in such a meaningful and caring way. It is an inspiration in many ways!

Lorraine Kardash

United States

Alison

Many hours of enjoyment from the course

A wonderful investment. I’ve had many hours of enjoyment from the course and I haven’t even added any colour yet! I’m looking forward to spending many more hours colouring and practising.

Canada

Many hours of enjoyment from the course

A wonderful investment. I’ve had many hours of enjoyment from the course and I haven’t even added any colour yet! I’m looking forward to spending many more hours colouring and practising.

Alison

Canada

Bebel Franco

I didn’t have drawing experiences before

Wonderful it couldn’t be better ! A perfect timing where the energy of each symbol matched with my daily experiences in a incredible positive interdependence!
I didn’t have drawing experiences before and to take this course as a retreat naturally brought me to enjoy drawing and relax painting!

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Italy

I didn’t have drawing experiences before

Wonderful it couldn’t be better ! A perfect timing where the energy of each symbol matched with my daily experiences in a incredible positive interdependence!
I didn’t have drawing experiences before and to take this course as a retreat naturally brought me to enjoy drawing and relax painting!
Great dynamic of a excellent warm hearted teacher.

Bebel Franco

Italy

Kathy

I learned a lot about the symbols

I did not have any drawing experience before this course. I Tried not to have any expectations other than of myself, to stick with it every week. The pace of one symbol a week was great. Every time I sat down to draw was a meditative experience. Some day I would love to do an on-site class to totall…

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Maine, USA

I learned a lot about the symbols

I did not have any drawing experience before this course. I Tried not to have any expectations other than of myself, to stick with it every week. The pace of one symbol a week was great. Every time I sat down to draw was a meditative experience. Some day I would love to do an on-site class to totally loose myself in the process. I learned a lot about the symbols. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience and plan on taking another one next winter. The perfect journey through the winter months of reflection.

Kathy

Maine, USA

Gerry Hendrikx

I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques

I drew the symbols separately (and one extra!) and put them in the ‘mandala’ order in the picture. I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques. And I am now sufficiently prepared to start drawing the mandala with the 8 auspicious symbols. It was a mindful period. Tha…

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Weert, Netherlands

I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques

I drew the symbols separately (and one extra!) and put them in the ‘mandala’ order in the picture. I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques. And I am now sufficiently prepared to start drawing the mandala with the 8 auspicious symbols. It was a mindful period. Thank you so much for this course, the explanations, the meditations, your inspiration and not to forget Tara’s 😸 inspiration. I really enjoyed it 🙏

Gerry Hendrikx

Weert, Netherlands

Kathy Bennett

I couldn’t WAIT for Fridays to see the new lesson!!

Oh I loved it so much! The history of the symbols, the meditations, and of course, the challenge of drawing the symbols using the grids was so inspiring. I couldn’t WAIT for Fridays to see the new lesson!! Seeing the work of my colleagues was inspiring, and Carmen’s vast knowledge and direction …

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Chicago, Illinois USA

I couldn’t WAIT for Fridays to see the new lesson!!

Oh I loved it so much! The history of the symbols, the meditations, and of course, the challenge of drawing the symbols using the grids was so inspiring. I couldn’t WAIT for Fridays to see the new lesson!! Seeing the work of my colleagues was inspiring, and Carmen’s vast knowledge and direction was incalculable. I feel so blessed to have been able to take this course with Carmen and can’t wait for the privilege of taking the next! So blessed

Kathy Bennett

Chicago, Illinois USA

Anjana

Packed with wisdom, insights and lots of learning

Dear Carmen,
Thank you so much for putting together this lovely course and for this wonderful, serene space online. It was a very exciting and happy journey for me, these 10 weeks, packed as it was with wisdom, insights and lots of learning, with a dash of humor. Eagerly anticipating your next cours…

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India

Packed with wisdom, insights and lots of learning

Dear Carmen,
Thank you so much for putting together this lovely course and for this wonderful, serene space online. It was a very exciting and happy journey for me, these 10 weeks, packed as it was with wisdom, insights and lots of learning, with a dash of humor. Eagerly anticipating your next course. Stay Safe, Stay blessed.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Anjana

India

Maxine

A marvellous experience for me

I have really enjoyed this course, especially the weekly presentation of each auspicious symbol. This helped me pace myself so that I felt able to draw and colour the mandala, finishing each week with a real sense of achievement.
The opportunity to share progress with other students spread cross the…

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Australia

A marvellous experience for me

I have really enjoyed this course, especially the weekly presentation of each auspicious symbol. This helped me pace myself so that I felt able to draw and colour the mandala, finishing each week with a real sense of achievement.
The opportunity to share progress with other students spread cross the world via the discussions was a marvellous experience for me.
This course has been a real joy.
Thankyou Carmen

Maxine

Australia

Namita Pal

A spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding

Loved the course
Was a spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding
Made me introspect a lot without realising it
Thank you carmen
God bless

Pune, India

A spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding

Loved the course
Was a spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding
Made me introspect a lot without realising it
Thank you carmen
God bless

Namita Pal

Pune, India

Courtney

Such rich insight into the symbolism and even profound teachings

This course was “thangka healing” for me! I haven’t picked up a pencil in almost 3 decades until last year, starting with Drawing the Buddha Face. An epic self-critic and always behind, I just love these courses because they give such rich insight into the symbolism and even profou…

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Colorado, USA

Such rich insight into the symbolism and even profound teachings

This course was “thangka healing” for me! I haven’t picked up a pencil in almost 3 decades until last year, starting with Drawing the Buddha Face. An epic self-critic and always behind, I just love these courses because they give such rich insight into the symbolism and even profound teachings. It is a pleasure/pain thing. I held off on registering for The 8 Auspicious Symbols – until I ‘received a symbol’ so to speak. A mention of the symbols in an unlikely circumstance. So I signed up.

The approach worked for me. “Many ‘little’ drawings, frequently” is what I call it. I contacted Carmen in a state of despair after the first symbol – the scarves were my obvious path (read: terror). But there they were again on Symbol 3, and 4, and after I realized it, I was drawing scarves without the enormous mental overlay! A personal breakthrough. Don’t ask me to get creative with them, I still go by the models. But one day…!

I’d say it got me used to “tackling the grid” right at the outset, and going right into drawing. I have a strange sense of time, like it’s infinite or something? This got my “hustle” on! It was exactly what Medicine Buddha ordered.

While I can’t profess confidence, I have a LOT less fear of that looming blank sheet of paper. Much like the Pair of Fishes, I just needed to go deeper into the water to get out of the choppy waves of my mind. And….practice practice practice! 💜🙏

Courtney

Colorado, USA

Charlene

What a great way to focus my mind

It has been an amazing journey with this course. What a great way to focus my mind on the joy of thangka drawing during the time of pandemic. Carmen guides us through a step-by-step process to compose each drawing. This is my third online course with Carmen. I highly recommend her online thangka cou…

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USA

What a great way to focus my mind

It has been an amazing journey with this course. What a great way to focus my mind on the joy of thangka drawing during the time of pandemic. Carmen guides us through a step-by-step process to compose each drawing. This is my third online course with Carmen. I highly recommend her online thangka courses.

Charlene

USA

Theresa Gaimaro

Each week I looked forward to the next module

I enjoyed the modules over 10 weeks. I was able to complete more work over an extended period of time. Each week I looked forward to the next module. The weekly assignments helped to stay connected with the other students and Carmen. I would love to do a similar course in the future.

NYC

Each week I looked forward to the next module

I enjoyed the modules over 10 weeks. I was able to complete more work over an extended period of time. Each week I looked forward to the next module. The weekly assignments helped to stay connected with the other students and Carmen. I would love to do a similar course in the future.

Theresa Gaimaro

NYC

Erzsébet Saskoi

This was an amazing course

This was an amazing course. I loved that I can draw on a smaller size of paper (A4). It was easier to handle. I wasn’t familiar with these symbols, I enjoyed getting to know them.

Hungary

This was an amazing course

This was an amazing course. I loved that I can draw on a smaller size of paper (A4). It was easier to handle. I wasn’t familiar with these symbols, I enjoyed getting to know them.

Erzsébet Saskoi

Hungary

Johnny

Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding

Loved the course. As a lover of eastern esoteric spirituality, Buddhist art has great symbology and of course the 8 auspicious symbols epitomise this. Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding and somewhat fulfilling. Carmen’s classes are a wonderful route to this learning with a strong fo…

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Ireland

Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding

Loved the course. As a lover of eastern esoteric spirituality, Buddhist art has great symbology and of course the 8 auspicious symbols epitomise this. Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding and somewhat fulfilling. Carmen’s classes are a wonderful route to this learning with a strong foundation in spiritual perspective.

Johnny

Ireland

Mariana

So much more than I ever expected

This course was so much more than I ever expected, Carmen. Thank you for your guidance and for sharing your energy and enthusiasm. This was a spiritual journey too, and it brought peace and quiet during a time when our world had changed so much and we all struggled to cope with the ‘new normal…

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Irene, South Africa

So much more than I ever expected

This course was so much more than I ever expected, Carmen. Thank you for your guidance and for sharing your energy and enthusiasm. This was a spiritual journey too, and it brought peace and quiet during a time when our world had changed so much and we all struggled to cope with the ‘new normal’.

Mariana

Irene, South Africa

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Vele uren ‘me time’

Het tekenen van de 8 gelukssymbolen heeft mij vele uren ‘me time’ gegeven. Ik heb er erg van genoten en, zoals te zien, kan ik nog even verder om mijn mandala af te maken.
🙏🙏Carmen, voor jouw toewijding en het geven van deze online mogelijkheid om deze tekening te maken.

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Son & Breugel, Nederland

Vele uren ‘me time’

Het tekenen van de 8 gelukssymbolen heeft mij vele uren ‘me time’ gegeven. Ik heb er erg van genoten en, zoals te zien, kan ik nog even verder om mijn mandala af te maken.
🙏🙏Carmen, voor jouw toewijding en het geven van deze online mogelijkheid om deze tekening te maken.

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Son & Breugel, Nederland

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Many hours of ‘me time’

Drawing the 8 lucky symbols has given me many hours of ‘me time’. I enjoyed it a lot and, as you can see, I still have some time to go to finish my mandala.
🙏🙏Carmen, for your dedication and giving this online opportunity to create this drawing.

Son & Breugel, Netherlands

Many hours of ‘me time’

Drawing the 8 lucky symbols has given me many hours of ‘me time’. I enjoyed it a lot and, as you can see, I still have some time to go to finish my mandala.
🙏🙏Carmen, for your dedication and giving this online opportunity to create this drawing.

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Son & Breugel, Netherlands

Ineke Zuidervaart

Dank voor je betrokkenheid, bemoediging en enthousiasme

Ik heb genoten van deze cursus.
Jouw grote schat aan kennis en kunde blijkt uit het feit aan wat je ons allemaal aanbiedt en laat zien.
Je biedt de correcte vorm van de symbolen aan. Maar je geeft ons ook zoveel voorbeelden om daar (een beetje) van af te wijken om van het symbool een eigen tekening…

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The Netherlands

Dank voor je betrokkenheid, bemoediging en enthousiasme

Ik heb genoten van deze cursus.
Jouw grote schat aan kennis en kunde blijkt uit het feit aan wat je ons allemaal aanbiedt en laat zien.
Je biedt de correcte vorm van de symbolen aan. Maar je geeft ons ook zoveel voorbeelden om daar (een beetje) van af te wijken om van het symbool een eigen tekening te maken die bij onszelf past.
Door de reflectie en bonussen geef je ons de kans verder te gaan op een innerlijke zoektocht.
Het is niet zomaar een les die je geeft: alles wat je zegt, daar sta je achter.
Ik dank je voor jouw betrokkenheid, je bemoediging en je enthousiasme.
Moge je nog lang positieve energie verzamelen voor het welzijn van alle wezens!

Ineke Zuidervaart

The Netherlands

Ineke Zuidervaart

Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and enthusiasm

I have enjoyed this course.
Your great wealth of knowledge and expertise is evident from everything that you offer and show us.
You offer the correct shape of the symbols. But you also give us so many examples to deviate from that (a little) in order to make our own drawing of the symbol that suits…

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The Netherlands

Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and enthusiasm

I have enjoyed this course.
Your great wealth of knowledge and expertise is evident from everything that you offer and show us.
You offer the correct shape of the symbols. But you also give us so many examples to deviate from that (a little) in order to make our own drawing of the symbol that suits ourselves.
Through the reflection and bonuses you give us the opportunity to continue on an inner quest.
It is not just any lesson you give: everything you say, you support it.
I thank you for your involvement, your encouragement and your enthusiasm.
May you continue to accumulate positive energy for the benefit of all beings!

Ineke Zuidervaart

The Netherlands

Alaya

Plenty of time to get it all done

While I was really hoping to be able to paint all of the signs still I feel very good about what I was able to accomplish. With the changes in caring for my husband it really shortened the amount of time I was able to spend. Impermanence and change, yep! That said I think the way the class was struc…

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Washington, USA

Plenty of time to get it all done

While I was really hoping to be able to paint all of the signs still I feel very good about what I was able to accomplish. With the changes in caring for my husband it really shortened the amount of time I was able to spend. Impermanence and change, yep! That said I think the way the class was structured and how Carmen taught , there really is plenty of time to get it all done. The teachings she offered were helpful as well. I really like how there was only one a week to do. This really helped build my confidence in doing the graphs and drawings on a regular basis. I still have corrections to make on the drawings but hope to get to them soon. I’m excited to paint them in watercolor and see them come to life. Always learning more and more going deeper and deeper along the way.
I love that there is no “rush” from Carmen -that only comes from me 🙂 Love love these classes and look forward to more in the future. Thank you Carmen! 🙂

Alaya

Washington, USA

Jess Chiang

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Jess Chiang

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Nancy

A great time

Hi Carmen,

I had a great time taking the 8 Auspicious Symbols class. The pacing was great. Thank you for providing the online class, though I hope to take an in person class soon. 🙂

Take care,
Nancy

Indiana, USA

A great time

Hi Carmen,

I had a great time taking the 8 Auspicious Symbols class. The pacing was great. Thank you for providing the online class, though I hope to take an in person class soon. 🙂

Take care,
Nancy

Nancy

Indiana, USA

Debra Carrier-Perry

All of the materials were very useful

I loved this course! All of the materials were very useful, the pace was right for me, and I really enjoyed not having to haul my supplies around NYC. Thank you, Carmen! Stay healthy!

Connecticut, U.S.

All of the materials were very useful

I loved this course! All of the materials were very useful, the pace was right for me, and I really enjoyed not having to haul my supplies around NYC. Thank you, Carmen! Stay healthy!

Debra Carrier-Perry

Connecticut, U.S.

Janneke

In-depth learning

Even though I did not finish by far, I really enjoyed working on the 8 auspicious symbols. It was very interesting to learn in depth on each symbols. What a wonderful way of following a course in Covid times. I will color with gold. silver, grey and 1-2 colors max. To all of you; be well and be happ…

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

In-depth learning

Even though I did not finish by far, I really enjoyed working on the 8 auspicious symbols. It was very interesting to learn in depth on each symbols. What a wonderful way of following a course in Covid times. I will color with gold. silver, grey and 1-2 colors max. To all of you; be well and be happy. Thank you for sharing all your inspiring work and thoughts during the course. With enormous gratitude, I bow to you Carmen.

Janneke

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lisa Evert

Loved the teachings, the content, the artwork, the support, and the community!

I loved the teachings, the content, the artwork, the support, and the community! Looking forward to doing all of Carmens classes!

USA

Loved the teachings, the content, the artwork, the support, and the community!

I loved the teachings, the content, the artwork, the support, and the community! Looking forward to doing all of Carmens classes!

Lisa Evert

USA

Emelia Berol

So many interesting teachings, details, videos and information

Carmen has put together a wonderful online art course. She includes so many interesting teachings, details, videos and information about each of the Auspicious symbols that it is a great introduction to dharma, as well as a deepening for those who have studied previously. As a beginner art student I…

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Northern California, USA

So many interesting teachings, details, videos and information

Carmen has put together a wonderful online art course. She includes so many interesting teachings, details, videos and information about each of the Auspicious symbols that it is a great introduction to dharma, as well as a deepening for those who have studied previously. As a beginner art student I find this method very accessible and inspiring! Thank you Carmen for another fabulous course!

Emelia Berol

Northern California, USA

Alessandra Otero-Ramos

Gained a deep understanding of the symbols

When I enrolled in this course I had little to none experience in drawing. Still I wanted to try it and I do not regret my decision. This course is not just about learning to draw the 8 symbols. It is also about reflecting and meditating on what you are doing, and learning the origins of the symbols…

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From Puerto Rico, living in New York, USA

Gained a deep understanding of the symbols

When I enrolled in this course I had little to none experience in drawing. Still I wanted to try it and I do not regret my decision. This course is not just about learning to draw the 8 symbols. It is also about reflecting and meditating on what you are doing, and learning the origins of the symbols. Even when I didn’t complete the drawings I feel that I gained a deep understanding of the symbols by watching and taking notes of the the teachings, lectures and complementary materials. What I enjoyed the most of the course were the lectures, the meditations, learning the mudras os each symbol and drawing the grids for each symbols.

Alessandra Otero-Ramos

From Puerto Rico, living in New York, USA

Camila

Loving way of teaching and easy to comprehend

I absolutely love all the Thangka courses I’ve been taken and this one, with the weekly assignments, was very special. It feels like, as we are learning the wisdom of the Thangka , we are also receiving guidance to walk thru our path. It seem there’s always a way to apply the learnings , in diff…

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Maui, Hawaii

Loving way of teaching and easy to comprehend

I absolutely love all the Thangka courses I’ve been taken and this one, with the weekly assignments, was very special. It feels like, as we are learning the wisdom of the Thangka , we are also receiving guidance to walk thru our path. It seem there’s always a way to apply the learnings , in different parts of life.
The timing was perfect. Starting and finishing on a new moon. Very beautiful!
Im still gonna spend time, with my notes of the course, coloring each of them and reflecting on the teachings.
Thank you Carmen for your gentle way of teaching. It’s very loving and easy to comprehend.

See you on the next class!
Aloha🌺

Camila

Maui, Hawaii

Bill

Not only a drawing class

Drawing is still new to me but under Carmen’s guidance I’ve gained confidence and enjoyment.
The class is not only a drawing class but an exciting journey into learning a great deal about Tibetan Buddhism.

New Jersey

Not only a drawing class

Drawing is still new to me but under Carmen’s guidance I’ve gained confidence and enjoyment.
The class is not only a drawing class but an exciting journey into learning a great deal about Tibetan Buddhism.

Bill

New Jersey

Robin

So inspiring to learn about Tibetan Buddhism

I really enjoyed this class. It was fun to draw and color the 8 auspicious symbols but it was so inspiring to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and to listen to the dharma talks. Thank you, Carmen!

United States

So inspiring to learn about Tibetan Buddhism

I really enjoyed this class. It was fun to draw and color the 8 auspicious symbols but it was so inspiring to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and to listen to the dharma talks. Thank you, Carmen!

Robin

United States

Christianna Kreiss

A great opportunity to get me drawing again

This was a really great class. I was looking forward every Friday to the new module. I love colored pencil but have not worked with them for many years. It was a great opportunity to get me drawing again. I also really enjoyed all the lectures about the spiritual meaning of the symbols. So sorry I c…

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United States

A great opportunity to get me drawing again

This was a really great class. I was looking forward every Friday to the new module. I love colored pencil but have not worked with them for many years. It was a great opportunity to get me drawing again. I also really enjoyed all the lectures about the spiritual meaning of the symbols. So sorry I could not finish the mandala by the end of the course but I will hopefully soon get to it! Very inspiring experience! Carmen, thank you so very much! Your class brought a lot of joy!

Christianna Kreiss

United States

Hilda

We need to connect to the object

I always love Carmen’s class, for any art painting, I believe we need to connect to the object, and Carmen always able help me to connect for each subject by introducing the thangka and the background of each thangka that we are working on.

Singapore

We need to connect to the object

I always love Carmen’s class, for any art painting, I believe we need to connect to the object, and Carmen always able help me to connect for each subject by introducing the thangka and the background of each thangka that we are working on.

Hilda

Singapore

Natasha

I was so doubtful I could draw these symbols, and then I could!

I was so doubtful I could draw these symbols when I started, and then I could! It was a wonderful experience, and I learned so much. The mantras and the meditations all added a further dimension to the drawings themselves and made it feel purposeful. I was able to understand the true nature of mindf…

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UK

I was so doubtful I could draw these symbols, and then I could!

I was so doubtful I could draw these symbols when I started, and then I could! It was a wonderful experience, and I learned so much. The mantras and the meditations all added a further dimension to the drawings themselves and made it feel purposeful. I was able to understand the true nature of mindfulness and just being in the moment when I was drawing. I also found the Colours and Inspirations sections of the lectures fascinating and prompted me to go looking further on the internet. Now seeing everyone’s art in the gallery and the different interpretations I am awestruck at how beautiful they have all turned out.

Natasha

UK

Charlene

My Medicine Buddha looks so beautiful and handsome

It has been a beautiful journey with this course. At times, I found it challenging to draw Medicine Buddha’s hands and feet. I am ridiculously happy that my Medicine Buddha looks so beautiful and handsome at the same time. All thanks to Carmen’s guidance and encouragements. This is my fourth onl…

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USA

My Medicine Buddha looks so beautiful and handsome

It has been a beautiful journey with this course. At times, I found it challenging to draw Medicine Buddha’s hands and feet. I am ridiculously happy that my Medicine Buddha looks so beautiful and handsome at the same time. All thanks to Carmen’s guidance and encouragements. This is my fourth online course with Carmen. I highly recommend her courses.

Charlene

USA

Jan PM Van den Broeck

Here’s my White Tara

Will be lining and colouring later

España

Here’s my White Tara

Will be lining and colouring later

Jan PM Van den Broeck

España

Jess

A wonderful experience

Finally I have done my medicine Buddha. It was a wonderful experience and need so much patience..

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A wonderful experience

Finally I have done my medicine Buddha. It was a wonderful experience and need so much patience..

Jess

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Marie-Francoise Louyat-Provot

A super structure and good explanations

It is a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to draw White Tara. It a good practice to meet my mind and see where I resist, where I want to push, where I get proud. Superbe.
The only issue was the rhythm of the course which was too quick for me although Carmen was generous and offered twice …

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Netherlands

A super structure and good explanations

It is a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to draw White Tara. It a good practice to meet my mind and see where I resist, where I want to push, where I get proud. Superbe.
The only issue was the rhythm of the course which was too quick for me although Carmen was generous and offered twice more time. However some day it took me hours to draw just a little peace of the whole …
Not finished yet …I am really excited to continue as it is for me a real process
Thanks a lot Carmen for the very well done course, the super structure and the good explanations

Marie-Francoise Louyat-Provot

Netherlands

Natalia Melnikova

Carmen inspired me to believe in myself

This course was a challenge, all about passion, love, doubt, joy, creation, learning, acceptance, meditation and deep immersion into Tara’s philosophy and meaning behind each detail on the Thangka. Carmen inspired me to believe in myself, trust my abilities and led me through the course step-by-st…

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Marbella, Spain

Carmen inspired me to believe in myself

This course was a challenge, all about passion, love, doubt, joy, creation, learning, acceptance, meditation and deep immersion into Tara’s philosophy and meaning behind each detail on the Thangka. Carmen inspired me to believe in myself, trust my abilities and led me through the course step-by-step, from the first grid lines to the final shading strokes. I consider the White Tara drawing course as a meditative retreat.
I am very grateful to Carmen for the realization of my dream, to draw the White Tara, the female Buddha. Om Tare 🙏🏻

Natalia Melnikova

Marbella, Spain

Annette van der Swaluw

An in-depth retreat

Hi Carmen, it was so enjoyable ánd valuable for my Buddhist and drawing practice to follow a course with you again after nine years! I have experienced the course as an in-depth retreat. Your carefully designed teaching material, together with your constructive feedback, the mantras and beautiful m…

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Netherlands

An in-depth retreat

Hi Carmen, it was so enjoyable ánd valuable for my Buddhist and drawing practice to follow a course with you again after nine years! I have experienced the course as an in-depth retreat. Your carefully designed teaching material, together with your constructive feedback, the mantras and beautiful meditation on White Tara makes this drawing a real Sadhana. Thank you so much that you offer this to the world!

Annette van der Swaluw

Netherlands

Tenzin Nyidron

Any problem, ask the teacher

This course is so interesting for a beginner as me. My experience: just relax, visualise, draw, meditate… and follow the instruction of the teacher. Any problem, ask the teacher. With her skill and compassion, you can get the final smoothly.

Vietnam

Any problem, ask the teacher

This course is so interesting for a beginner as me. My experience: just relax, visualise, draw, meditate… and follow the instruction of the teacher. Any problem, ask the teacher. With her skill and compassion, you can get the final smoothly.

Tenzin Nyidron

Vietnam

James Bleifus

No drawing experience, excited at how quickly my drawings are progressing

What a surprise! While my thangka isn’t perfect, it’s far better than I expected. I’ve started Carmen’s courses with no drawing experience, and I’m excited at how quickly my drawings are progressing. Next is the Eight Auspicious Symbols class as I continue practicing dr…

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Viet Nam

No drawing experience, excited at how quickly my drawings are progressing

What a surprise! While my thangka isn’t perfect, it’s far better than I expected. I’ve started Carmen’s courses with no drawing experience, and I’m excited at how quickly my drawings are progressing. Next is the Eight Auspicious Symbols class as I continue practicing drawing the Buddha.

James Bleifus

Viet Nam

Edward

Meet my Medicine Buddha

Thank you for the extra time Carmen 🙂

Meet my Medicine Buddha

Thank you for the extra time Carmen 🙂

Edward

Karin Meijer

A lot of information and very clear instructions

It was again a very nice course. A lot of information and very clear instructions for the drawing. Thank you Carmen.

Haarlem, the Netherlands

A lot of information and very clear instructions

It was again a very nice course. A lot of information and very clear instructions for the drawing. Thank you Carmen.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, the Netherlands

Jennifer

It was a wonderful experience

I loved the class! It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed the mantras and meditations.

You are a great teacher – thank you!

It was a wonderful experience

I loved the class! It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed the mantras and meditations.

You are a great teacher – thank you!

Jennifer

Sarah Novotney

Such an enriching, educational, meaningful, and powerful course

Wow. I am totally blown away. I’ve been wanting to meet Medicine Buddha for a while now. I never imagined it would be this way. Only a couple months ago I started following “Medicine Buddha” tag on instagram and your classes popped up. So I signed up and started with the Buddha face an…

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Montana, USA

Such an enriching, educational, meaningful, and powerful course

Wow. I am totally blown away. I’ve been wanting to meet Medicine Buddha for a while now. I never imagined it would be this way. Only a couple months ago I started following “Medicine Buddha” tag on instagram and your classes popped up. So I signed up and started with the Buddha face and proceeded with the Medicine Buddha course.

This was better than I ever could have planned myself, at a time that couldn’t have been more perfect for me physically, mentally and karmically. Your quote sums it all up, “We practice medicine to alleviate suffering and prolong the human life, to improve the opportunity to attain enlightenment”. And I could quite literally see this working…in my meditations, as I focus on my breath, I usually am aware of a background of nonsense thoughts constantly coming and going. After practicing and reciting Medicine Buddha mantra for this month, I noticed in my meditations that background noice while concentrating on breath was a background hum of the mantra. It was almost as if my subconscious was getting cleansed from random thought to the mantra. I thought that was quite amazing….

I am a practitioner of the healing arts, but I really haven’t done “physical art” since high school…a bit of drawing or ceramics here and there. I was completely amazed by the end result of Medicine Buddha. I think I found a new feel-good, meditative hobby! I want to keep this going. Thank you so much for such an enriching, educational, meaningful, powerful course. I am very grateful for you as a teacher, for Medicine Buddha as a guide in my life and for Zoom for making this accessible to me in Montana, USA!

Sarah Novotney

Montana, USA

Ellen Green

Your teaching style, the supports and bonus options enriched my life deeply

This experience woke me up to the possibility of creativity and meditation in my life. Carmen, your teaching style, the supports and bonus options enriched my life deeply.

Deep bow to you,
Ellen Green

United States

Your teaching style, the supports and bonus options enriched my life deeply

This experience woke me up to the possibility of creativity and meditation in my life. Carmen, your teaching style, the supports and bonus options enriched my life deeply.

Deep bow to you,
Ellen Green

Ellen Green

United States

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

By connecting with the Energy of the Medicine Buddha something is happening inside me

My experience with my first Medicine Buddha Course by Carmen in Zwolle (NLs)

It was I think April 2019.
I chose a big size drawing sheet, because I wanted to try it. I am used to small drawings or even tiny ones.
I took one unit = 0.5 cm
Never realized it that it was really that big 😊.  I didn&#…

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Heemskerk, Netherlands

By connecting with the Energy of the Medicine Buddha something is happening inside me

My experience with my first Medicine Buddha Course by Carmen in Zwolle (NLs)

It was I think April 2019.
I chose a big size drawing sheet, because I wanted to try it. I am used to small drawings or even tiny ones.
I took one unit = 0.5 cm
Never realized it that it was really that big 😊.  I didn’t make it myself easy this time, but enjoyed every moment of this weekend of drawing and sharing information with each other. My drawing was not completely finished yet, but went home happy.

It was my first time connecting with the Tibetan Energy and Carmen’s lectures. I have been studying classical yoga for more than 20 years and found the same way of thinking in Tibetan Buddhism. (Thank you).

A year later in 2020 I finished the complete Medicine Buddha as a pencil drawing. In the meantime I had been drawing a very small Medicine Buddha with pencil.

Last year I started the online course by Carmen about the White Tara. That really lifted me up because “She” was smaller and after finishing the White Tara I felt inspired to start the coloring of the Medicine Buddha.
The driver for the choice of the Medicine Buddha started in 2018. In that time I was diagnosed with an overactive immune system affecting my hart muscle and currently I am treated with an immune inhibiting therapy.
In my mind I needed some kind of support to get me through this. By connecting with the Energy of the Medicine Buddha something is happening inside me. However I couldn’t get it colored at first. It just grew on me during this 2 years and after my connection with the White Tara I felt I could start coloring the Medicine Buddha and by finishing the coloring I can now feel his bettering coming to me .

My reflection is to take my own time and flow to do things in life and that my mindset is the most important to stay calm and to trust the process.

Be joyful and trustful!

Love,
Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Heemskerk, Netherlands

Sharla

I had no drawing experience and doubted I could draw a Buddha face

I loved everything about the course. I had no drawing experience and doubted I could draw a Buddha face so was delighted with what I was able to achieve. Thank you Carmen – you are inspirational and a wonderful teacher.

UK

I had no drawing experience and doubted I could draw a Buddha face

I loved everything about the course. I had no drawing experience and doubted I could draw a Buddha face so was delighted with what I was able to achieve. Thank you Carmen – you are inspirational and a wonderful teacher.

Sharla

UK

Chris Molloy

I am not a drawer by nature and loved the experience

Loved the course. Very informative and helpful. I am not a drawer by nature and loved the experience. Looking forward to doing more courses.

United States

I am not a drawer by nature and loved the experience

Loved the course. Very informative and helpful. I am not a drawer by nature and loved the experience. Looking forward to doing more courses.

Chris Molloy

United States

Mirjam Wagenmans

Duidelijke uitleg en de mooie video’s in de Cursus Boeddhagezicht

Ik heb genoten van de cursus. De duidelijke uitleg en de mooie video’s nodigden uit om te gaan tekenen. De meditatie aan het begin en aan het eind waren erg fijn om te doen.

Nederland, Ootmarsum

Duidelijke uitleg en de mooie video’s in de Cursus Boeddhagezicht

Ik heb genoten van de cursus. De duidelijke uitleg en de mooie video’s nodigden uit om te gaan tekenen. De meditatie aan het begin en aan het eind waren erg fijn om te doen.

Mirjam Wagenmans

Nederland, Ootmarsum

Anne Vial

Clear, neat structure and very manageable sessions

Thank you for this course, which I feel follows tradition & is serious. I had been wanting to learn more about thangka for long, this was the perfect entry door! I feel inspired to practice drawing more Buddha Faces in the future and continue on this path… clear, neat structure and very ma…

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Barcelona, Spain

Clear, neat structure and very manageable sessions

Thank you for this course, which I feel follows tradition & is serious. I had been wanting to learn more about thangka for long, this was the perfect entry door! I feel inspired to practice drawing more Buddha Faces in the future and continue on this path… clear, neat structure and very manageable sessions.

Would have loved slightly more detail on individual face features (like you did for the eye!) and proportion, lines of jaw, chin, which I copied freehand from your general face video.

Thanks for making these teachings available to us. I would love to visit you in person one day (-: Anne from Barcelona

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain

Alison Foss

So enjoyable seeing the buddha face emerge

Thank you so much for this course, so enjoyable seeing the buddha face emerge.

United Kingdom

So enjoyable seeing the buddha face emerge

Thank you so much for this course, so enjoyable seeing the buddha face emerge.

Alison Foss

United Kingdom

Mirjam Wagenmans

Clear explanations and beautiful videos

I enjoyed the course. The clear explanations and the beautiful videos invited us to draw. The meditation at the beginning and at the end were very nice to do.

Ootmarsum, Netherlands

Clear explanations and beautiful videos

I enjoyed the course. The clear explanations and the beautiful videos invited us to draw. The meditation at the beginning and at the end were very nice to do.

Mirjam Wagenmans

Ootmarsum, Netherlands

Sheila Odessey

I plan to make it part of my practice

I enjoyed the class. At first I thought there should be more guidance for drawing the different facial features but as I started working it all came together. It is inspiring to work on the Buddha’s face and I plan to make it part of my practice.
Thank you Carmen

United States

I plan to make it part of my practice

I enjoyed the class. At first I thought there should be more guidance for drawing the different facial features but as I started working it all came together. It is inspiring to work on the Buddha’s face and I plan to make it part of my practice.
Thank you Carmen

Sheila Odessey

United States

Natasha

Loved the confidence it gave me

I loved the precision of the gridwork and the confidence it gave me to know that the framework was there for me to draw in and colour. Although this is not completed yet, I understand the quote “When you draw the Buddha you draw your mind” it is a humbling experience. I am looking forwar…

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United Kingdom

Loved the confidence it gave me

I loved the precision of the gridwork and the confidence it gave me to know that the framework was there for me to draw in and colour. Although this is not completed yet, I understand the quote “When you draw the Buddha you draw your mind” it is a humbling experience. I am looking forward to finishing it and to future courses too. It has certainly lived up to my expectations and more.

Natasha

United Kingdom

Kanika Mehra

This course was very holistic, not only about drawing

Dear Carmen,
I enjoyed the course a lot for various reasons..I like that you shared the history of Thangka painting with us. I like that you also spoke to us about your lineage and admire how you respect the master disciple tradition thus enabling us to respect the dharma material as well. This cour…

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Mumbai, India

This course was very holistic, not only about drawing

Dear Carmen,
I enjoyed the course a lot for various reasons..I like that you shared the history of Thangka painting with us. I like that you also spoke to us about your lineage and admire how you respect the master disciple tradition thus enabling us to respect the dharma material as well. This course was very holistic as you made us think of an intention before we started drawing. It was not only about drawing. but you took us through the main purpose of thangkas – To aspire to develop qualities within ourselves that the deity on the thangka represents.
I look forward to all then other courses and I am now starting the 8 auspicious symbols course.
Thank you so much!

Kanika Mehra

Mumbai, India

David

This course is well worth every penny spent

Brilliant course, Carmen will feed you bite size, manageable, educational packages, gently bringing them together, skillfully building up to make a heart warming, intuitive picture of the Buddhist path to Enlightenment as a creative artist.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these lessons, a…

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Manchester, England

This course is well worth every penny spent

Brilliant course, Carmen will feed you bite size, manageable, educational packages, gently bringing them together, skillfully building up to make a heart warming, intuitive picture of the Buddhist path to Enlightenment as a creative artist.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these lessons, as within a couple of viewings, the profundity of Carmen’s decades of devotion practice helped me change my mind and heart and soon I was happily painting a Buddha’s beautiful face.

I saw Carmen bring alive paper, pencil, rulers, grids, and artistic symmetrical drawings to invoke Enlightenment, all explained with a slow rich inner intelligence, which ignited my puppy dog enthusiasm’s and I could not wait to start drawing.

This course is well worth every penny spent. I highly recommend Carmen as a teacher. Ask questions if you feel uncomfortable, she has years of experience to help you with.

Best Wishes David

David

Manchester, England

Christianna Kreiss

A really inspiring experience

I very much enjoyed this class! I have drawn with colored pencil before but have not picked them up in quite a few years and just discovered how much I love working with them. There is definitely a meditative aspect to this drawing. Creating the Buddha face was a really inspiring experience. Your in…

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Pittsburgh , PA, United States

A really inspiring experience

I very much enjoyed this class! I have drawn with colored pencil before but have not picked them up in quite a few years and just discovered how much I love working with them. There is definitely a meditative aspect to this drawing. Creating the Buddha face was a really inspiring experience. Your instructions and additional educational materials were very helpful and worked well for me.

Christianna Kreiss

Pittsburgh , PA, United States

Tansy Foster

History of your thangka lineage as well as buddhist iconography

Thank-you Carmen for another superb course! I enjoyed learning some the history of your thangka lineage as well as buddhist iconography. The materials were well presented and you inspired us with many great images and bonus materials. I am looking forward to more!

Hershey, PA, USA

History of your thangka lineage as well as buddhist iconography

Thank-you Carmen for another superb course! I enjoyed learning some the history of your thangka lineage as well as buddhist iconography. The materials were well presented and you inspired us with many great images and bonus materials. I am looking forward to more!

Tansy Foster

Hershey, PA, USA

Zoe Greenbaum

Loved the whole experience from start to finish!

The course was so comprehensive and every detail thought out, so that it made it very accessible to know how to complete the drawing. I have been making art my entire life, and this course allowed me to express color and form in a very meaningful way! I loved the whole experience from start to finis…

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Shohola, Pa. USA

Loved the whole experience from start to finish!

The course was so comprehensive and every detail thought out, so that it made it very accessible to know how to complete the drawing. I have been making art my entire life, and this course allowed me to express color and form in a very meaningful way! I loved the whole experience from start to finish! thank you Carmen for bringing your talents and skills to so many people, who can now experience the joy of Thangkha painting.

Zoe Greenbaum

Shohola, Pa. USA

Anne Vial

I had been wanting to learn about thangka, this was the perfect entry door!

Thank you for this course, which I feel follows tradition & is serious. I had been wanting to learn more about thangka for long, this was the perfect entry door! I feel inspired to practice drawing more Buddha Faces in the future and continue on this path… clear, neat structure and very ma…

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Barcelona, Spain

I had been wanting to learn about thangka, this was the perfect entry door!

Thank you for this course, which I feel follows tradition & is serious. I had been wanting to learn more about thangka for long, this was the perfect entry door! I feel inspired to practice drawing more Buddha Faces in the future and continue on this path… clear, neat structure and very manageable sessions.

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain