Check out all Online Thangka Courses at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art

Buddha Face / Sep 10-19, 2021 / FULL
The Buddha (Shakyamuni) / Sep 24-Nov 19, 2021 / FULL
Buddha Face / Jan 7-16, 2022 / Registration starts Nov 5
Medicine Buddha / Jan 21-Mar 18, 2022 / Early Bird Registration starts Nov 5
Eight Auspicious Symbols / Mar 3-May 13, 2022 / Registration starts Dec 17
Buddha Face / Mar 25-April 3, 2022 / Registration starts Jan 28
White Tara / Apr 8-June 3, 2022 / Early Bird Registration starts Jan 28


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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May all sentient beings be happy and free from suffering

... Om Mani Padme Hum!

Annette van der Swaluw

Dank voor deze waardevolle online cursus Kleurtechnieken

Tashi delek, Carmen, zo fijn dat je meteen bij de introductie aangeeft om vooral ‘playful’ te zijn. Ik merk dat het me tijdens deze cursus best goed afging. Ik heb enorm genoten van het ‘stille tekenen & kleuren als een kind’. Je visie van ‘bending the rules of colo…

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Nederland

Dank voor deze waardevolle online cursus Kleurtechnieken

Tashi delek, Carmen, zo fijn dat je meteen bij de introductie aangeeft om vooral ‘playful’ te zijn. Ik merk dat het me tijdens deze cursus best goed afging. Ik heb enorm genoten van het ‘stille tekenen & kleuren als een kind’. Je visie van ‘bending the rules of colour theory’ BUT ‘to be respectful to the tradition and lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Art’, daar kan ik me helemaal in vinden. Van de lineage en traditie hoop ik straks nog meer te leren bij de Witte Tara. Een eyeopener voor mij was ‘imagine the light coming from within’. Dat heeft mij nu al geholpen en zal me blijven helpen. Dank voor deze waardevolle ‘preliminaries’, Annette

Annette van der Swaluw

Nederland

Ellen Green

Being a complete amateur in all things art, the Coloring Techniques Course was so valuable to me

Thank you for your precise instructions as well as perspective and access to you directly. Being a complete amateur in all things art, the Coloring Techniques Course was so valuable to me. I think I enjoyed the shading and blending the best, although I find I am quite timid about shading. I am getti…

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Louisville, KY, United States

Being a complete amateur in all things art, the Coloring Techniques Course was so valuable to me

Thank you for your precise instructions as well as perspective and access to you directly. Being a complete amateur in all things art, the Coloring Techniques Course was so valuable to me. I think I enjoyed the shading and blending the best, although I find I am quite timid about shading. I am getting bolder. Here is a coloring of the lotus where one has no blending and the other I used water color pencils and blending.

Ellen Green

Louisville, KY, United States

Ellen Green

I especially learned and enjoyed the teachings on shading and blending

I just want to say that the course exceeded my expectations. I especially learned and enjoyed the teachings on shading and blending, as well as the bonus information on artists. It was good to make the connection with the old Dutch Masters because I felt more of an appreciation for them after this. …

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Louisville, KY, United States

I especially learned and enjoyed the teachings on shading and blending

I just want to say that the course exceeded my expectations. I especially learned and enjoyed the teachings on shading and blending, as well as the bonus information on artists. It was good to make the connection with the old Dutch Masters because I felt more of an appreciation for them after this. This will definitely help me with upcoming Medicine Buddha class and I only wish I had taken this course prior to the Buddha Face class. Many thanks and deep bow to you.

Ellen Green

Louisville, KY, United States

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

Kanti Arani

It was overall a great experience

This was my first Thangka drawing with Carmen and a first hand experience of drawing Buddha face using Iconography and grid technique. The meditations and mantras taught in the course made me very relaxed and helped me enjoy learning the art technique. It was overall a great experience.

Canada

It was overall a great experience

This was my first Thangka drawing with Carmen and a first hand experience of drawing Buddha face using Iconography and grid technique. The meditations and mantras taught in the course made me very relaxed and helped me enjoy learning the art technique. It was overall a great experience.

Kanti Arani

Canada

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

Zoe Greenbaum

You gave very helpful tips and ideas to consider, I am grateful for that

The Colouring Techniques Course was so much fun, and beyond my expectations. I love the Dutch Masters, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are 2 of my personal favorites. I was happy to have some exercises with the colored pencils because I have never used them before. I have been drawing and painting throughout…

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Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

You gave very helpful tips and ideas to consider, I am grateful for that

The Colouring Techniques Course was so much fun, and beyond my expectations. I love the Dutch Masters, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are 2 of my personal favorites. I was happy to have some exercises with the colored pencils because I have never used them before. I have been drawing and painting throughout my life, but have never tried using colored pencils, so it was great to get to experiment before the actual course begins. You gave very helpful tips and ideas to consider, I am grateful for that. Your ability to explain the lessons clearly and show through examples was also very helpful. I only wished I had more time to devote to the exercises, but such is life! I’m really looking forward to drawing the Buddha course soon.

Zoe Greenbaum

Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sylvia

I learned a lot about each symbol. Carmen is a true and devoted artist

I am very happy, that I have decided to take the course of the 8 auspicious symbols. I learned a lot about each symbol and got a better understanding of their means. I loved to draw each symbol and enjoyed filling my mandala, although not finished yet. I did several courses with Carmen on site, firs…

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The Hague, The Netherlands

I learned a lot about each symbol. Carmen is a true and devoted artist

I am very happy, that I have decided to take the course of the 8 auspicious symbols. I learned a lot about each symbol and got a better understanding of their means. I loved to draw each symbol and enjoyed filling my mandala, although not finished yet. I did several courses with Carmen on site, first time online course and I would like to give a big applaus to Carmen. She is a true and devoted artist. Om Mani Padme Hum🙏🏻📿❤️

Sylvia

The Hague, The Netherlands

Moira McCaul

As always, I have learned so much about the iconography of the symbols

Loved everything! As always, I have learned so much about the iconography of the symbols. Thank you so much Carmen for your generous teachings! I promise to share the completed drawings with you when I finish my symbols. I plan to use gouache for the coloring.

United States

As always, I have learned so much about the iconography of the symbols

Loved everything! As always, I have learned so much about the iconography of the symbols. Thank you so much Carmen for your generous teachings! I promise to share the completed drawings with you when I finish my symbols. I plan to use gouache for the coloring.

Moira McCaul

United States

Anne Vial

My favourite symbol

Here a pic with me & my favourite symbol (;

Barcelona, Spain

My favourite symbol

Here a pic with me & my favourite symbol (;

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain

Ellen Green

Thank you, again. I look forward to next time

I am sending 3 of mine as they were my favorites for very different reasons. Thank you, again. I look forward to next time.

United States

Thank you, again. I look forward to next time

I am sending 3 of mine as they were my favorites for very different reasons. Thank you, again. I look forward to next time.

Ellen Green

United States

Ellen Green

I am learning to have confidence in my own creativity

Once again, your teaching not only increased my knowledge and skill, but also touched my heart. I am learning to have confidence in my own creativity with devotion for the dharma as it unfolds on my paper. Thank you.

United States

I am learning to have confidence in my own creativity

Once again, your teaching not only increased my knowledge and skill, but also touched my heart. I am learning to have confidence in my own creativity with devotion for the dharma as it unfolds on my paper. Thank you.

Ellen Green

United States

Margot

So much information, really well structured and very clear

My artwork unfortunately is not finished. I really enjoyed the course as I have always enjoyed all your courses. You give so much information and it is really well structured and very clear. I loved drawing whilst listening to the buddhist lectures you offered us. It is really very enriching and I f…

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The Netherlands

So much information, really well structured and very clear

My artwork unfortunately is not finished. I really enjoyed the course as I have always enjoyed all your courses. You give so much information and it is really well structured and very clear. I loved drawing whilst listening to the buddhist lectures you offered us. It is really very enriching and I feel very privileged it has come on my path. Thank you so much Carmen for a beautiful course and I am looking forward to a next one!

Margot

The Netherlands

Ellen Green

My Conch Shell

I am sending 3 of mine as they were my favorites for very different reasons. Thank you, again. I look forward to next time.

United States

My Conch Shell

I am sending 3 of mine as they were my favorites for very different reasons. Thank you, again. I look forward to next time.

Ellen Green

United States

Anne Vial

Loved this course, so rich in detail & a real journey through Buddhist art & teachings

Its my 2nd course with Carmen. Loved this course, so rich in detail & a real journey through Buddhist art & teachings. Its clear a lot of love & effort has gone into the preparation of all individual modules. Inspiring and enriching. Thank you for your enthusiasm & generosity, Carmen…

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Barcelona, Spain

Loved this course, so rich in detail & a real journey through Buddhist art & teachings

Its my 2nd course with Carmen. Loved this course, so rich in detail & a real journey through Buddhist art & teachings. Its clear a lot of love & effort has gone into the preparation of all individual modules. Inspiring and enriching. Thank you for your enthusiasm & generosity, Carmen!

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain

Mara

I feel very grateful about this experience

It was an amazing long and beautiful journey to draw the 8 Auspicious Signs. I feel very grateful about this experience and I know it will go on and on inside of me and in the way life unfold.
Thank you so much Carmen Mensink 🙏🏻🌹🌏

USA

I feel very grateful about this experience

It was an amazing long and beautiful journey to draw the 8 Auspicious Signs. I feel very grateful about this experience and I know it will go on and on inside of me and in the way life unfold.
Thank you so much Carmen Mensink 🙏🏻🌹🌏

Mara

USA

Kanti Arani

I am always amazed at the information Carmen provides us in each and every module

The Ashtamangala (8 Auspicious symbols) class was a great experience for me. A detail oriented course with many notes, mantras and meditations. Ms Carmen Mensink is a wonderful teacher and I am always amazed at the information she provides us in each and every module with profound in-depth history, …

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Canada

I am always amazed at the information Carmen provides us in each and every module

The Ashtamangala (8 Auspicious symbols) class was a great experience for me. A detail oriented course with many notes, mantras and meditations. Ms Carmen Mensink is a wonderful teacher and I am always amazed at the information she provides us in each and every module with profound in-depth history, information and insights from revered preachers and monks. What I liked the most was that it was not only a great art class but the reasoning and thought process that was provoked while learning every single symbol.

Kanti Arani

Canada

Emmelien

My Mandala with the 8 Auspicious Symbols

The Netherlands

My Mandala with the 8 Auspicious Symbols

Emmelien

The Netherlands

Mara

Closeup of my artwork

USA

Closeup of my artwork

Mara

USA

Beth Jenkins

Loved the lectures and learning about the meaning of the symbols

I loved this course. I loved the lectures and learning about the meaning of the symbols. The Eternal Knot is a symbol that I feel especially drawn to. I was readying to take my Bodhisattva vow while working on this symbol and it really helped it come alive for me. Thank you Carmen and Tara too

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United States

Loved the lectures and learning about the meaning of the symbols

I loved this course. I loved the lectures and learning about the meaning of the symbols. The Eternal Knot is a symbol that I feel especially drawn to. I was readying to take my Bodhisattva vow while working on this symbol and it really helped it come alive for me. Thank you Carmen and Tara too

Beth Jenkins

United States

Carol

My drawings became more confident – I loved the experience

I liked that the course brought back old and forgotten aspects of myself, like how to slow down and really be in the moment. My expectations were more than met – it was really a great course. I noticed that my drawings became more confident and that the strokes became more fluid with practice….

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United States

My drawings became more confident – I loved the experience

I liked that the course brought back old and forgotten aspects of myself, like how to slow down and really be in the moment. My expectations were more than met – it was really a great course. I noticed that my drawings became more confident and that the strokes became more fluid with practice. But along with that were deep feelings of calm/support and a sense of strong love. I had to rush at the end because I was away for a week but my wheel still came out fine. I loved the experience.

Carol

United States

Anne Vial

My Treasure Vase

Barcelona, Spain

My Treasure Vase

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain

Joyce Isabelle

I like the process. Grid to drawing to coloring.

This was a great course. I enjoyed delving into each symbol. I like the process. Grid to drawing to coloring.

Thank you Carmen for the informative lectures and peaceful meditations.

New Jersey, USA

I like the process. Grid to drawing to coloring.

This was a great course. I enjoyed delving into each symbol. I like the process. Grid to drawing to coloring.

Thank you Carmen for the informative lectures and peaceful meditations.

Joyce Isabelle

New Jersey, USA

Kathleen Horne

Easy to follow, with just the right amount of challenge

Carmen has created a course that is easy to follow, with just the right amount of challenge

United States

Easy to follow, with just the right amount of challenge

Carmen has created a course that is easy to follow, with just the right amount of challenge

Kathleen Horne

United States

Anh Nguyen

A wonderful experience

I have had a wonderful experience with Carmen’s Eight Auspicious Symbols course.

A wonderful experience

I have had a wonderful experience with Carmen’s Eight Auspicious Symbols course.

Anh Nguyen

Kathleen Horne

I loved this course

I loved this course, and am excited to continue exploring ways to create these symbols!

United States

I loved this course

I loved this course, and am excited to continue exploring ways to create these symbols!

Kathleen Horne

United States

Anne Vial

My Lotus Flower

My Lotus Flower

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Conch Shell

My Conch Shell

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Eternal Knot

My Eternal Knot

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Victory Banner

My Victory Banner

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Dharma Wheel

My Dharma Wheel

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Parasol

My Parasol

Anne Vial

Anne Vial

My Pair of Fishes

My Pair of Fishes

Anne Vial

Caroline

I was concerned about how well an online course would work, but all my fears were put to rest

This was a wonderful course and surpassed my expectations! I really look forward to doing more work with Carmen. I was concerned about how well an online course would work, but all my fears were put to rest. Carmen gave great feedback and has developed a great way to present her information. Thank y…

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Connecticut, USA

I was concerned about how well an online course would work, but all my fears were put to rest

This was a wonderful course and surpassed my expectations! I really look forward to doing more work with Carmen. I was concerned about how well an online course would work, but all my fears were put to rest. Carmen gave great feedback and has developed a great way to present her information. Thank you so much!

Caroline

Connecticut, USA

Sushma

It gave me a lot of inner peace in a challenging period

It was a special experience for me to participate with an online course from Carmen instead of an course on location. The films, information and bonus material that came with it was a pleasant surprise.🌟

It was an enriching experience to learn more about the 8 Auspicious Symbols that gave me a lo…

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Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

It gave me a lot of inner peace in a challenging period

It was a special experience for me to participate with an online course from Carmen instead of an course on location. The films, information and bonus material that came with it was a pleasant surprise.🌟

It was an enriching experience to learn more about the 8 Auspicious Symbols that gave me a lot of inner peace in a challenging period for me.🙏🏽

I haven’t finished my mandala with the symbols yet, but I have enough information with me to continue and create moments for myself to continue working on this.🌟

Thank you Carmen for all your efforts and your valuable enriching lessons!🙏🏽❤

Sushma

Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

Sushma

My Parasol

Netherlands

My Parasol

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Pair of Fishes

Netherlands

My Pair of Fishes

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Treasure Vase

Netherlands

My Treasure Vase

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Lotus Flower

Netherlands

My Lotus Flower

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Conch Shell

Netherlands

My Conch Shell

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Eternal Knot

Netherlands

My Eternal Knot

Sushma

Netherlands

Sushma

My Victory Banner

Netherlands

My Victory Banner

Sushma

Netherlands

Kanika Mehra

This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more!

Dear Carmen, it was a wonderful course. I have not managed to finish all the art works, but I plan to complete them . The meditations, symbolism behind each symbol and reflection was so enriching! This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more! thank you so much for all…

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Mumbai, India

This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more!

Dear Carmen, it was a wonderful course. I have not managed to finish all the art works, but I plan to complete them . The meditations, symbolism behind each symbol and reflection was so enriching! This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more! thank you so much for all the effort you have put in creating these courses for us!

Kanika Mehra

Mumbai, India

Kanika Mehra

My Pair of Fishes

Mumbai, India

My Pair of Fishes

Kanika Mehra

Mumbai, India

Kanika Mehra

My Treasure Vase

Mumbai, India

My Treasure Vase

Kanika Mehra

Mumbai, India

Kanika Mehra

This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more!

Dear Carmen, it was a wonderful course. I have not managed to finish all the art works, but I plan to complete them . The meditations, symbolism behind each symbol and reflection was so enriching! This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more! thank you so much for all…

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Mumbai, India

This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more!

Dear Carmen, it was a wonderful course. I have not managed to finish all the art works, but I plan to complete them . The meditations, symbolism behind each symbol and reflection was so enriching! This course was much more than I had hoped for and look forward to many more! thank you so much for all the effort you have put in creating these courses for us!

Kanika Mehra

Mumbai, India

Annette van der Swaluw

I hope to learn even more from the lineage and tradition

Tashi delek, Carmen, it’s so nice that at the start of the Colouring Techniques Course you indicate to be especially ‘playful’. I find that I did quite well during this course. I really enjoyed ‘silent drawing & coloring like a child’. I completely agree with your v…

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Netherlands

I hope to learn even more from the lineage and tradition

Tashi delek, Carmen, it’s so nice that at the start of the Colouring Techniques Course you indicate to be especially ‘playful’. I find that I did quite well during this course. I really enjoyed ‘silent drawing & coloring like a child’. I completely agree with your vision of ‘bending the rules of color theory’ BUT ‘to be respectful to the tradition and lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Art’. I hope to learn even more from the lineage and tradition at the White Tara Thangka Course. An eye opener for me was ‘imagine the light coming from within’. It has already helped me and will continue to help me. Thanks for these valuable ‘preliminaries’, Annette

 

 

Annette van der Swaluw

Netherlands

Kanti Arani

My Parasol

Canada

My Parasol

Kanti Arani

Canada

Esther

While drawing I felt a deep peace

I am very happy that I found this thangka drawing course. Drawing is a kind of meditation for me and I only found out today that that is also one of the ideas behind this course. I want to delve more into Buddhism and meditation and how beautiful it is if I can do that through this course.
Today whi…

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Amstelveen - Nederland

While drawing I felt a deep peace

I am very happy that I found this thangka drawing course. Drawing is a kind of meditation for me and I only found out today that that is also one of the ideas behind this course. I want to delve more into Buddhism and meditation and how beautiful it is if I can do that through this course.
Today while drawing I felt a deep peace and almost a kind of coming home. I am very happy.
I have consciously chosen not to further elaborate my drawing with shadow or color. I plan to draw the face a few more times to make it more my own and to get a lot more meditative than today with this first drawing.

Esther

Amstelveen - Nederland

Daria Kravchenko

Check out my Buddha!

Russia

Check out my Buddha!

Daria Kravchenko

Russia

Sabine Schwarz

Still being surprised, that this was created by myself

The course was a magical journey through various kinds of technical and emotional up’s and down’s, under the kind-hearted guidance of Carmen, whose professionalism and profound knowledge is highly to be appreciated! The end point of this experience is the drawing of the Buddha’s face – s…

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The Netherlands

Still being surprised, that this was created by myself

The course was a magical journey through various kinds of technical and emotional up’s and down’s, under the kind-hearted guidance of Carmen, whose professionalism and profound knowledge is highly to be appreciated! The end point of this experience is the drawing of the Buddha’s face – still being surprised, that this was created by myself. This experience was intensly wonderful!! Thank you so much!🙏

Sabine Schwarz

The Netherlands

Sally Sando

I’ve never really done any drawing before

I loved this course, Carmen! I’ve never really done any drawing before and I felt that this course helped me overcome some of my reluctance to try. I appreciated all of the information you shared – the history, iconography, your lineage, blending Dharma practice with the drawing and, of …

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Indiana, USA

I’ve never really done any drawing before

I loved this course, Carmen! I’ve never really done any drawing before and I felt that this course helped me overcome some of my reluctance to try. I appreciated all of the information you shared – the history, iconography, your lineage, blending Dharma practice with the drawing and, of course, how to draw a Buddha! It was also helpful to be able to ask questions and thanks for your quick responses.
I also liked that we had a set amount of time to finish the course – I was motivated to stick with it and finish it.
Thanks, I look forward to more.
Sally Sando

Sally Sando

Indiana, USA

Sharon McKenzie

Check out my Buddha Face!

Santa Barbara, California USA

Check out my Buddha Face!

Sharon McKenzie

Santa Barbara, California USA

Sharon McKenzie

Check out my Buddha Face!

Santa Barbara, California USA

Check out my Buddha Face!

Sharon McKenzie

Santa Barbara, California USA

Barry

My Amitabha Buddha Face

Great course. Can take it fast or slow. Enjoyed doing it online. Done very well for an online experience.

USA

My Amitabha Buddha Face

Great course. Can take it fast or slow. Enjoyed doing it online. Done very well for an online experience.

Barry

USA

Savita Sahi

Appreciate how you treat this as a sacred experience

Hi Carmen,
I am still finishing the coloring part but I wanted to submit to you before this session ends. I absolutely loved your course. I appreciate how you treat this as a sacred experience and I loved learning about the lineage and listening to the meditations. I am looking forward to the next c…

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California

Appreciate how you treat this as a sacred experience

Hi Carmen,
I am still finishing the coloring part but I wanted to submit to you before this session ends. I absolutely loved your course. I appreciate how you treat this as a sacred experience and I loved learning about the lineage and listening to the meditations. I am looking forward to the next course! All MY Best,
Savita

Savita Sahi

California

Barry

The fundamentals covered

Excellent instructional menu with plenty of deserts to accompany the main, introductory course. The fundamentals covered make it easy to adapt the drawing methods to include one’s own imagination.

USA

The fundamentals covered

Excellent instructional menu with plenty of deserts to accompany the main, introductory course. The fundamentals covered make it easy to adapt the drawing methods to include one’s own imagination.

Barry

USA

Vicki

I am looking forward to adding color

I am grateful for this experience, from the opening meditation to the closing blessing! I am looking forward to adding color. That is my next class. I have ordered the proper size paper and will be doing this again as soon as the paper arrives! Thank you.

Texas, USA

I am looking forward to adding color

I am grateful for this experience, from the opening meditation to the closing blessing! I am looking forward to adding color. That is my next class. I have ordered the proper size paper and will be doing this again as soon as the paper arrives! Thank you.

Vicki

Texas, USA

Esther Bom

Tijdens het tekenen voelde ik een diepe rust

Ik ben heel blij dat ik deze cursus thangka tekenen gevonden heb. Tekenen is voor mij een soort van meditatie en ik kwam er pas vandaag achter dat dat ook een van de achterliggende ideeën is van deze cursus. Ik wil mij meer gaan verdiepen in het boeddhisme en de meditatie en hoe mooi is het als ik …

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Amstelveen

Tijdens het tekenen voelde ik een diepe rust

Ik ben heel blij dat ik deze cursus thangka tekenen gevonden heb. Tekenen is voor mij een soort van meditatie en ik kwam er pas vandaag achter dat dat ook een van de achterliggende ideeën is van deze cursus. Ik wil mij meer gaan verdiepen in het boeddhisme en de meditatie en hoe mooi is het als ik dat ook door middel van deze cursus kan doen.
Vandaag tijdens het tekenen voelde ik een diepe rust en bijna een soort van thuiskomen. Ik ben heel blij.
Ik heb er bewust voor gekozen mijn tekening niet verder uit te werken met schaduw of kleur. Ik ben van plan om het gezicht nog een paar keer te tekenen om het mij meer eigen te maken en nog veel meer de meditatieve kant ervan kan opgaan dan vandaag zo bij deze eerste tekening.

Esther Bom

Amstelveen