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Chenrezig (Skt.: Avalokiteshvara),

the Boddhisattva of Great Compassion


NYC – Tibet House – weekend course

organized by the Shantideva Meditation Center

In this Tibetan Buddhist Art weekend course you will learn how to draw the Buddha of Compassion according to the Tibetan Thangka tradition.

Avalokiteshvara, the ‘One who hears the cries of the world’, is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Protector of Tibet. The Dalai Lama is considered to be his earthly incarnation.

Long ago Chenrezig -as he’s called in Tibetan- vowed not to return to Nirvana until all sentient beings were liberated from their suffering.
In this 4-armed form he represents the Four Immeasurable Qualities of a Bodhisattva: compassion, love, joy and equanimity.

This wonderful deity reminds us that true awakening is not a retreat nor escape from our personal problems, but rather reaching outward and embracing the entire world with the compassion and love in our heart.

Included in the course are (short) meditations, slideshows & talks (on the symbolism) and a lot of individual guidance.
You will also learn the meaning of his famous mantra OM MANI PADME HUM

The course is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever.
OPTIONAL for beginners: you can also choose to draw the Face of the Buddha  and the Face of Avalokiteshvara in this weekend (instead of his complete body), as this will be easier.


> Check out more pictures of last year’s Thangka classes at the Tibet House

> Testimonials and artwork by students can be found here

More Info & Registration

Schedule & cost

tibet-house-thangka-paintingJuly Fri 22 – Sun 24, 2016:
Fri evening
 7-9pmn Introduction & lecture on the subject
Sat 10.00am – 6pm (lunch time 1-2pm)
Sun 10.00am – 5pm (lunch time 1-2pm)

Workshop fee: $180
Tibet House and Nalanda Institute Members: $ 162

Materials to bring
  • 2 sheets of thick drawing paper, minimum size 18×24″ but preferably bigger
  • HB pencil (or a refillable lead pencil)
  • a long ruler (preferably 18-inch and with both inches and cm)
  • an eraser
Tibet House
22 West 15th St, New York, NY 10011, United States

Organized by the Shantideva Meditation Center