The Eight Auspicious Symbols / Mar 3 – May 13, 2022 / Online

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Note: This course can be purchased as a stand-alone, or  in a Learn More & Pay Less Bundle that includes the Colouring Techniques Course and/or a 1hr Zoom meeting with Carmen, click for more info & registration:

     

Mar 3 – May 13, 2022
The Eight Auspicious Symbols

Sarting on Mar 3rd, the Auspicious Day of Tibetan New year 🎉, in this in-depth 10 week online course at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art you will learn how to draw the most famous Tibetan Symbols. You can draw them in the shape of a Mandala, or as 8 separate drawings. In addition you will learn everything about each symbol, with its background and teachings behind it, and how to use this in your daily life.

  • Suitable for people with and without drawing experience 
  • Each week a new module with a new symbol opens up to you, keeping the previous ones for you open to catch up if needed
  • Suitable for all time zones as you schedule your own time for this course within its ten weeks availability
  • The average student takes 3hrs (b&w drawing) to 1 day (full color drawing) to complete each weekly module with symbol
  • During the course Carmen will be fully available for personal guidance, advice and comments on your artwork
  • This course has a limited amount of students to ensure its high quality and Carmen’s guidance, as she wants each student to succeed

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8 Auspicious Symbols

8 Auspicious Symbols + Colouring Techniques

8 Auspicious Symbols + 1hr Private Zoom Meeting

8 Auspicious Symbols + Colouring Techniques + 1hr Private Zoom Meeting


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

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

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

Mariana

So much more than I ever expected

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

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Irene, South Africa

So much more than I ever expected

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

Mariana

Irene, South Africa

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

Kathy Bennett

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

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

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Chicago, Illinois USA

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

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

Kathy Bennett

Chicago, Illinois USA

Namita Pal

A spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding

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

Pune, India

A spiritual journey of growth and deeper understanding

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

Namita Pal

Pune, India

Kathy

I learned a lot about the symbols

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

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Maine, USA

I learned a lot about the symbols

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

Kathy

Maine, USA

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

Tansy

Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher

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

Hershey USA

Carmen is a skilled, creative and loving teacher

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

Tansy

Hershey USA

Bebel Franco

I didn’t have drawing experiences before

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

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Italy

I didn’t have drawing experiences before

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

Bebel Franco

Italy

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

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Many hours of ‘me time’

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

Son & Breugel, Netherlands

Many hours of ‘me time’

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

Francis Di Bucchianico-Bakker

Son & Breugel, Netherlands

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

Katharine Macaulay

The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind

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

Colorado. USA

The act of drawing becomes the contemplation connecting body and mind

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

Katharine Macaulay

Colorado. USA

Lorraine Kardash

An inspiration in many ways!

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

United States

An inspiration in many ways!

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

Lorraine Kardash

United States

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

Courtney

Such rich insight into the symbolism and even profound teachings

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

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Colorado, USA

Such rich insight into the symbolism and even profound teachings

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

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

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

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

Courtney

Colorado, USA

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Room to play with the drawings

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

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Heemskerk, Netherlands

Room to play with the drawings

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

Gé van Lieshout-Klarenaar

Heemskerk, Netherlands

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

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

Charlene

What a great way to focus my mind

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

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USA

What a great way to focus my mind

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

Charlene

USA

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

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.

Anne Vial

My Treasure Vase

Barcelona, Spain

My Treasure Vase

Anne Vial

Barcelona, Spain

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

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

Erzsébet Saskoi

This was an amazing course

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

Hungary

This was an amazing course

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

Erzsébet Saskoi

Hungary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maxine

A marvellous experience for me

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

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Australia

A marvellous experience for me

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

Maxine

Australia

Johnny

Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding

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

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Ireland

Learning to draw Tibetan artwork is rewarding

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

Johnny

Ireland

Agnes

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online

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

Abcoude, Netherlands

I had a lot of pleasure to follow this classe online

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

Agnes

Abcoude, Netherlands

Wil de Ruiter

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

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

Netherlands

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

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

Wil de Ruiter

Netherlands

Ineke Zuidervaart

Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and enthusiasm

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

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The Netherlands

Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and enthusiasm

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

Ineke Zuidervaart

The Netherlands

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

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

Natalia Melnikova

I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing

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

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Marbella, Spain

I’ve learned so much and gained confidence in drawing

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

Natalia Melnikova

Marbella, Spain

Anjana

Packed with wisdom, insights and lots of learning

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

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India

Packed with wisdom, insights and lots of learning

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

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Anjana

India

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

Gerry Hendrikx

I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques

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

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Weert, Netherlands

I have learned a lot about these symbols and coloring techniques

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

Gerry Hendrikx

Weert, Netherlands

Marja

Wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism

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

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Nieuwleusen, Netherlands

Wonderful journey through Tibetan artwork en Buddhism

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

Marja

Nieuwleusen, Netherlands

Teresa McDowell

The best way to spend “me” time

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

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Minnesota, US

The best way to spend “me” time

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

Teresa McDowell

Minnesota, US

Theresa Gaimaro

Each week I looked forward to the next module

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

NYC

Each week I looked forward to the next module

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

Theresa Gaimaro

NYC

Karin Meijer

Clear instructions & two grids of every symbol

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

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Haarlem, The Netherlands

Clear instructions & two grids of every symbol

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

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Aniko Saskoi

Drawing is my real meditation

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

Hungary

Drawing is my real meditation

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

Aniko Saskoi

Hungary

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