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.

> Check out all the places where Carmen teaches

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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Latest reviews

Mike Adamo

NYC

Good energy!

“I’m still carrying the good energy from the weekend. Thank you! Also still amazed at the steps that were layed out for me to receive that energy and be surrounded by all of you. I am truly blessed!”

Theresa Gaimaro

NYC

Thank you for the inspiration!

“Always enjoy my time with you when you are in NY!! I am going to replace my desk with a drafting table, so I can continue with my work. Thank you for the inspiration!  I look forward to seeing you next year and each year after whether it’s in NY or another country.”

Trudi de Kok

Netherlands

Een aanrader!!!!!!

Ik bezoek nu al ruim zeven jaar workshops bij Carmen, en ben nog lang niet uitgeleerd. Hoe meer je je in deze materie verdiept, des te fascinerender deze wordt. Thangkatekenen is een bijzondere en geweldige hobby, en Carmen is een fantastische docent, gedreven, maar ook heel helder in haar uitleg en inspirerend qua begeleiding. Een aanrader!!!!!!

Laura Sloan 

Manager of Docent and Access Programs - Rubin Museum of Art

Interesting and informative trainings and lectures for our educators

“I am thankful to have been working with Carmen since I started at the Rubin Museum in 2011. We are happy to welcome her each year when she travels to New York. She has led interesting and informative trainings and lectures for our educators, as well as thangka painting classes, and demonstrations for our annual Block Party. 

One of our favorite sessions was her training on Mandalas, which provided clarity to a very complicated subject. She patiently explored the artwork and symbolism in an engaging and accessible manner. It is interesting to learn about the art and materials from her perspective as an artist and thangka painter. 

In my role of scheduling, and overseeing trainings for our educators, working with her has been delightful. She has been flexible and adaptable with a variety of subjects and adjusted her trainings accordingly. 

She is deeply connected to her work and her passion is evident in the quality and vibrancy of her lectures. 

We hope to schedule another session next time she is in New York, and we would love to have her back for another talk at the Rubin Museum.”

NYC

Wai Fong

Singapore

One of the greatest experiences I have ever had

It was my first time attending Carmen’s Thangka painting retreat and it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. Carmen was able to attend to individual’s needs although it was a big class of participants with mixed experiences. I also loved it that Carmen not only taught us how to do Thangka painting, she made sure that we understood the symbolism of the deities that we were painting through the daily morning meditation and evening lectures. She also made special efforts to introduce Sri Lankan Buddhism art history to us to prepare us for our tour after the painting retreat. It was a great 10 days with an inspiring teacher, great company, wonderful accommodation at a meditation centre with delicious meals. Can’t ask for more!

Sylvia Schmidt

Netherlands

Gave me the confidence to improve my drawing skills

So far I did several courses with Carmen Mensink. I am impressed about her devotion to buddism and her profound knowledge about it. All courses start with a teaching and meditation. It helped me to deepen my knowledge and gave me the confidence to improve my drawing skills. I appreciate her kindness and patience. I am struggling a lot drawing eyes, but during the last course, Chenrezig, it went much better and I am proud of the eyes. Thank you Carmen.

Amy Bryan

NYC

So much more than ‘just’ an art class

“I had the extreme pleasure of taking three classes with Carmen Mensink this spring in NYC. I am the veteran of many fine art classes over the years, but this is the first time that I have felt compelled to write a testimonial about one. From the minute I met her, I knew Carmen was a woman from whom I could learn something truly special and different, which is not something I say lightly. I am not easily impressed. 🙂 After taking her amulet making class, I was sufficiently curious to see what else she had on offer, and after just one lecture, I could tell that my ability to learn from her was virtually unlimited.

Carmen’s classes are so much more than “just” an art class. Her knowledge, love and reverence for the highly-symbolic, traditional Tibetan devotional art called thangka is apparent in everything she does. Along with high-level, professional instruction in traditional drawing, painting and crafting methods, students learn about the history and cultural background of the deity they are depicting, including the mantras, prayers and attributes attributed to these religious figures. Rather than creating these images in a vacuum, our work is grounded in an understanding of their significance within Tibetan Buddhism. Carmen creates a spiritual space to work in that can only be described as magical. The meditative nature of art is a focus, as is the thought that creation be rooted in intention. The art produced in such an environment feels sacred.

The amount of effort, preparation, skill and planning involved in this approach to instruction is apparent, and it’s clear that teaching is an avocation for Carmen. It is done thoughtfully, with spirit, purpose and a sincerity that stands out.

No matter the level of skill and experience a student has, everyone is made to feel welcome and special, and is treated with complete respect. At the same time, Carmen is warm, friendly, unpretentious (despite having real bona fides as a recognized expert in her field) and intelligent, and has a sense of humor, so the class is relaxed and fun. Carmen has many students who have studied with her for years, and some have artwork that they only work on while she is visiting the city. It’s a testament to the value of Carmen’s presence and technical expertise that she has such a strong following.”

Sylvia Schmidt

Netherlands

Teacher with a lot of patience and devotion

I started drawing Vasudhara, Buddhist bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity, and abundance in November 2019 during a retreat at the Maitreya Institute in Loenen, the Netherlands. In February 2020 I did the Retreat at the Paramita Meditation Center in Sri Lanka and a 4 days round tour trip. The Paramita Meditation Center is the perfect place for meditation and Thangka Painting, a very quiet place with a beautiful garden and wonderful people. I started coloring my Vasudhara during this retreat. Carmen had made a perfect schedule with meditations, enough time to draw/ color and lectures. Her knowledge and devotion is outstanding. She is having a lot of patience and a teacher with a deep devotion of the topic. She provided me a lot of help to make a very nice drawing. I am very proud and happy that I decided to do this retreat. Next to it, the round tour trip was perfectly organised and Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country. If you love Buddhism and Buddhas that is the play to go. It was a wonderful time and perfect retreat. Thank you so much Carmen, I am a blessed person.

Karin Wesseling

Netherlands

Werkelijk een superweekend!

Vrijdagmiddag 24 januari 2020 op weg naar Den Haag voor de workshop het boeddha gezicht. Best wel spannend want ik heb alleen ervaring
met mandala tekenen. Gelukkig stelde Carmen mij gelijk op mijn gemak dat het goed zou komen. En aan het resultaat te zien is dat goed gelukt. Daarna op zaterdag en zondag de boeddha Chenrezig workshop. Beginnen de dag met een uitgebreide meditatie en daarna heerlijk tekenen in een ontspannen maar zeer geconcentreerde sfeer. Tussendoor nog uitleg met diapresentatie en tussendoor genoeg begeleiding met het tekenen. Werkelijk een superweekend waarin ik veel kennis heb opgedaan en een prachtige tekening heb opgezet. Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar!

Xie Jing

Singapore

Extremely patient teacher

One specific thing that I love about learning Thangka from Carmen, is that she introduce the practice of every deities that we are going to paint in detail, making it easier to connect with the object and understand the teaching of the deities and the Buddhas before drawing the Buddha, overall, it’s meditative experience, and Carmen is a extremely patient teacher. I am so glad I found her and learning this wonderful art from her.

Maura Doorenbosch

Netherlands

I came without any previous drawing experience

I came without any previous drawing experience, but everything was extremely well explained. I was happily surprised with the outcome of my artwork. Carmen was a very patient teacher who also gave us a lot of interesting philosophy on Thangka art. I have definitely learned a lot during her workshop and really enjoyed going home with my first self made piece of art.

Missy

Netherlands

You learn so much

Each class with Carmen is a blessing. She is a patient and kind teacher. You learn so much about not only drawing techniques, but about the greater philosophy and peace which comes from Buddhist practice. The most powerful moment is seeing how each person began with the same instructions and how the results are so different becoming infused with the individual’s spirit.

Valeria Kiraly

Nevada, USA

Surpassed my expectations

I loved that the course was very well rounded with information about the medicine Buddha and all the extra things. It gave me a wonderful sense of being closer to the sacred aspect of drawing a Buddha.
I especially loved that I had a guided meditation to begin every drawing session…what a true blessing!
This course surpassed my expectations and I have recommended it to several friends.

Peggy Sue McRae

Friday Harbor, Washington, USA

A whole month to access the material

I thought the videos were beautifully made, visually appealing and clear to follow and learn from.
I appreciated how different aspects of the course, art process, history and culture, understanding and use of the mantra, and the guided meditation all supported each other.
My expectation was to create a drawing and that expectation was met. The guided meditation was an unexpected treasure.

I was glad we had a whole month to access the material.
As a single person living by myself out in the woods under quarantine I consistently under estimated how much I would be interrupted. Even worse when outside interruptions stopped I would manage to interrupt myself!
Creating blocks of time to be in retreat mode was a challenge but very rewarding when I managed to do it.

 

 

Magdalena

Warsaw, Poland

A challenging topic assimilated for modern Western mind

Carmen is well experienced and supportive teacher who has ability to explain things with clarity and involvement. The course consists of few balanced parts, each part jows from the previous one and it’s composed in balanced way with beautiful simplicity and saving depth of traditional knowledge.

It makes challenging topic of painting Tibetan thankas easy to assimilate for modern Western mind.
CARMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

Joyce Isabelle

New Jersey USA

I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience

The course felt thorough. Carmen is adept at instruction and encouragement!
I loved learning about the mantra. I learned a lot in my one-on-one Zoom session.

I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about thangka methods, working with pencil, and colors. In addition, learned about the Medicine Buddha and his mantra, plants, symbolism.
Thank you Carmen!

Nancy Fritz

USA

Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line

I expected the course to be similar to the White Tara course I took previously. I think Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line. I enjoyed the lecture information along with the drawing instructions and mediations.

The breakdown of the drawing sessions were quite useful. I would say though the information in the lecture and private Zoom session were most valuable for the understanding drawing and the Medicine Buddha.

Thank you again Carmen for offering the course on-line. I enjoyed this class and would love to take another class with you.

Anna De Schutter

Antwerp, Belgium

I knew it would be great again!

I loved doing this course. I knew it would be great again!
I knew more or less what to expect and the course was again very well structured.

I very much appreciated the mantra and the singing, it took me into another state of mind, so it was easier for me to focus.

Boxia Wang

NYC, United States

I enjoyed this course a lot!

I enjoyed this course a lot! I have been wanting to learn Thangka since 1 year ago, and was hesitate to draw the face of Buddha following the pictures I found online. I’m so grateful that I waited for a year and this is exactly the course I am looking for.

It is very helpful to do the meditation before the class, because I got too excited about the class and my mind is so full that the meditation helped to calm me down and to set the right motivation.

Deborah Ireland

Valley Center, CA US

A good balance of instruction and practice

The course had a good flow and a good balance of instruction and practice

Ferne Parmenter

NYC, USA

Very helpful to replay the videos

The First time I ever saw a Tibetan Thangka, I immediately wanted to learn more about it. My expectations were met with this course because it was much harder than I thought it would be, it was such a fun challenge to draw a balanced face using the grid system.
I did like the combination of the different elements in this course. I really liked them and wasn’t expecting the mediations or the Tibetan mantras.
The lectures were very informative without being too much information at once. Good bite-size chinks of information. Then I was happily lost in time as I drew.

It was very helpful that I could replay the videos to see and hear the instructions multiple times so I could follow along and not feel lost or left behind. I could really find my own pace.

Adda Hernandez

West Palm Beach, Florida

I am not a painter but the Buddha came out very much alive and beautiful

I just wanted to explore buddhism spirituality by learning to painting buddhism art. And in reality this is the second drawing I have done apart from my cat, so with this I just want to say that I am not a painter but the Buddha Carmen teach us how to draw came out very much alive and beautiful. And I am deeply thankful to Carmen for offering this class online.

Albel Sarmiento Cobo

Cancun, Mexico

Love every step!

Love every step, very clear the way make it to learn thangka!

Teresa McDowell

United States

In depth course like I would receive if I were there in person

I enjoy the combination of all the different elements. I feel that it is a rather detailed and in depth course like I would receive if I were there in person.

I actually found the meditating the most useful to me. I suffer from anxiety and noticed that I was calmer after every session. I was also interested in the background of Tibetan medicine. So much so, that I even ordered a few books on the subject.

Krystine Alkermann

France

I walk alongside Carmen for realize my dream of painting a thangka

It’s a chance to be able to participate in online courses with carmen! I can only move very little because my job and my family are involved. My family knows the importance for me to continue to walk alongside Carmen for realize my dream of painting a thangka one day. The carmen lessons are of an excellent level.

I hope to be able to continue. I will finish the color to my buddha of medicine and then I hope to be able to make tara!!

Also the guided meditations and historical explanations were so valuable. For me everything is designed to bring us gently towards the realization of our work and in understanding what each gesture means. It is ideal.

Kanti Arani

Fort mcmurray, Canada

Liked the special zoom session to understand the colouring techniques

This session was structured very well to understand the iconography and how to draw the full Buddha body. I really enjoyed the transformation of grid to the full body figure as we go on the course step by step.

I reall liked the way Carmen explained drawing feet and hands in this course.
I also liked the special zoom session she took to help me understand the colouring techniques.

Metta

Northern US

Opportunity to do this with such an excellent teacher, in a way that I could afford

I was so happy to find this course and this teacher especially at this moment. This is something I’ve wanted to study for most of my life. To have the opportunity to do this with such an excellent teacher, in a way that I could afford, and not have to travel made it all possible. I am currently unemployed and so the finances are difficult but this was a reasonable cost, so I am grateful.
I loved learning the history and the context and the symbolism, and how to meditate with the thangka. I loved seeing other’s creations.

Sophia Procofieff

Geneva, Switzerland

Very well structured

I liked very much the path and combination of lectures, meditations and sessions. I have been interested in taking this kind of course for a long time and found it very well structured.

Yvonne van Vliet

The Netherlands

You have to experience it yourself!

I really enjoy the courses of Carmen. Can’t describe how peaceful and fulfilling it is, you have to experience it yourself!

Marion Koelman

Heel fijne en inspirerende workshop

Een heel fijne en inspirerende workshop. Ook heel fijne goed begeleide meditaties, Carmen legde alles heel rustig en duidelijk uit. De documentaties en films/ documentaires waren heel interessant en goed gekozen.
We kregen heerlijk te eten en hadden een fijne eigen kamer.

José Botterhuis

Made some nice drawings which I am very proud of

It was great to participate in the workshop thanka painting with Carmen Mensink.
I made some nice drawings which I am very proud of.
Thanks Carmen for your loving kindness, and clear instructions.

Jacqueline Hovius

The Netherlands

Met dank aan Carmen voor haar passie en ervaring

Met dank aan Carmen voor haar passie en ervaring om mij en de andere deelnemers (fijne groep vrouwen!) Thangka’s en Boeddha’s te leren tekenen. Het programma zat goed in elkaar en de meditaties voorafgaand aan het tekenen inspireerden om in stilte te werken. Deze dagen heb ik ervaren als een heerlijke kers op mijn vakantie-taart. Namasté Carmen!

Gwendolyn

The Netherlands

A perfect location

My first 3 days drawing course in Loenen, a perfect location and totally adapted to Covid 19 measures.
Starting with the Medical Buddha. Carmen gave extra information about the Medicine Buddha, Tibetan medicine (movie about the amchi). Her enthusiasme and assistance with small ‘issues’ is great.

Marian Sanders

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Loving attention

Wonderful experience to be with Carmen’s teachings, meditations, her careful loving attention. Besides the delicious meals, nice group and wonderful circumstances. Thanks!

Teresa McDowell

Minnesota, U.S.A.

Pleasantly surprised – I’m glad that I got to participate

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked how the art lessons were broken down so that I didn’t feel overwhelmed. I also enjoyed learning about the history of the Thangka, and participating in the meditations. I feel that it was an all around great course, and I’m glad that I got to participate.
I feel that the drawing video was the most useful to me. I liked how the individual lines were shown step by step on the video.

Yong Shou Ying

Singapore

I never imagine I could draw a Buddha

I came with an open mind and did not have any expectation. I just want to learn some thing new and enjoy the process. I started with meditation before I drew the gridlines and Buddha face in pencil. It helped to keep my mood calm and balance. I never imagine I could draw a Buddha and it is close to symmetrical. I enjoy the process and it freed my mind and I am totally immersed in drawing. Every little step completed is a triumph for me and some times I would admire it before I progress the next step. The lectures give me insight and understanding in the art and buddhist tradition. The videos in showing how to draw were really good as gives me a good guide to follow.

I wish this tradition continues to flourish and more get to appreciate the tradition and this course.
It is so helpful especially in such time where technology is overwhelming and simple things can be taken for granted. Thank you for having this online course!

Melissa

Maui, Hawaii

I knew this course would be awesome, however you far exceeded that expectation

I had a little peek at your free medicine buddha lecture.. So in my heart i knew this course would be awesome.. However you far exceeded that expectation..
i love the combination of story meditation, pictures, and bonus materials.. and yay i get to sing the mantra with you…

loved your approach beginning with meditation, your through explanations of words meanings, and story.. and wow even you can pray in tibetan language. the language is art in itself, the art,language, prayer, meditation, story, all In one.. so beautiful yet you are bringing this to a wider audience. Our world needs so much healing.. big gratitude for your heart…

beautifully done…hope to see more courses in the future, I’m already signed up for medicine buddha thangka course so excited…

Moira McCaul

USA

Like taking a class with you in person!

I wanted to learn about the symbolism and iconography behind the Medicine Buddha and of course the proper proportions. I think it was very apt to have a course on him at this time considering the global pandemic. The class was perfect! It met all my expectations.

I really enjoyed how it was broken up into different modules. It was almost like taking a class with you in person! Your calm demeanor and positive energy even came through in the videos!

Johnny

Ireland

Hints and tips of how to actually do it

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and find the Buddhist teaching element and spirituality excellent. My aspirations were simply to be able to draw a presentable Medicine Buddha in the first instance and I’m happy I achieved that.

The guided drawing in stages with hints and tips of how to actually do it and in what order have been invaluable. Its possible to go out and buy a book but without this clear instruction, guidance and indeed lineage working from a book is very impersonal and open to interpretation.

I feel Carmen struck a great balance and this online course has great artistic and authenticity value.

Jennifer Selkow

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Far exceeding my expectations!

I loved the depth of this course: intention meditation, mantras, learning about the history of Thangka and Tibetan medicine, the meaning of symbolism, dedication meditation… I didn’t just learn how to draw the Medicine Buddha, but have gained a rich spiritual practice. Your course was amazing, far exceeding my expectations!

Maria E.

Essex, MD, USA

It was such a special time for me!

The course exceeded my expectations. So much information on the history and detailed instruction that I really enjoyed, especially for drawing the hands and feet, I so appreciated it. The mantra recitation was really beautiful!

I absolutely love the Meditations and the sacredness with which you handle and deliver the course material, Carmen! I loved every aspect of the course and it was such a blessing to be able to go over material I needed to review again and again!

Also, the fact that you offered the course online was so helpful since with the pandemic no onsite courses were available! Still miss the interaction with you in person and with the other students but I am so grateful I could immerse myself in drawing sacred art! It was such a special time for me!

Johnny

Ireland

Not just a “drawing”course

I really enjoyed the course and the focus on Buddhist traditions particularly as they relate to thangkas, methods and lineage. Its not just a “drawing”course but an education on the buddhist path to enlightenment through traditional thangka art.

David Ekins

UK

The online medium worked really well

Really enjoyed this class.
I thought the online medium worked really well, as i travel alot its hard to get away at a certain time to do the onsite instructions, so i am glad i can continue learning from you Carmen.

Javier

Guatemala

Well structured and detailed explanations available for each step

My expectations going into the course where to get more in touch with the aspects of buddhism regarding the drawing of the Buddha.
I was surprised on how well structured and detailed explanations were available for each step.
The history before the drawing classes i believe add so much value because it brings the attention of the importance and significance of this tradition. On top of that, meditation was key to focus and be able to concentrate on the class.

Anna

Antwerp, Belgium

Being able to look back several times to the Iconography and the Colours

I already followed an onsite course of drawing the Buddha Face in Den Haag.
But now I had more time and being able to look back several times to the Iconography and the Colours was one of the aspects I really appreciated.

Irene Kim-Ahiska

USA

Thought process and methods behind Buddhist art

Although I am familiar with Buddhist thought, Buddhist art has always felt a bit cryptic and foreign to me. I was extremely happy to find this workshop where I got a first glimpse of the thought process and methods behind Buddhist art.

The pairing of lecture and drawing was very helpful as it explained that historically the drawings had a practical purpose and that every element has meaning, it is not just a drawing for decoration.

I was very happy with every part of the workshop. Along with her expertise Carmen brought great energy to the class.