Mandala of Green Tara
Thu 21 to Sun 24 March 2019
> with an optional 3-day extension incl. special sightseeing places! (more info will follow)
The course is offered in English and will be professionally translated in Italian
Because of Carmen’s three month stay in Venice we decided to offer an extra course in March 2019 and give you the opportunity to dive deeper into an amazing subject: the Mandala of Green Tara or Green Tara herself. Students will learn how to draw this subject, and students who joined the previous course last november will learn how to color or paint their artwork with the right techniques.
In this extended weekend course at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to paint / color the Mandala of Green Tara (or Green Tara itself) according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings).
Green Tara, the female manifestation of active compassion, reaches out her hand to grant all wishes and, with her right foot outstretched, is ready to step down and help all who call upon her.
Tara is one of the most revered deities of Tibetan Buddhism and there are numerous stories of people that were saved from fears and difficulties while calling her name.
Green Tara can be seen as one of the first emancipated women. When other -male- practitioners told her to pray for incarnation in a male body so she could reach enlightenment, she made an adamantine vow: “Until Samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of all sentient beings in a woman’s body.”
Carmen Mensink will guide students through the cultural/historical context of thangkas and symbolism within Tibetan-Buddhist art through the combination of art, slide shows and meditations.
There will also be a detailed explanation of the Green Tara Mantra.
Drawing a Mandala or Buddha is a meditation in itself and creates inner peace and joy. When you’re a Buddhist practitioner, the drawing of the Buddha can improve your visualization meditation on a great scale. Buddhist lamas say: “When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.”
The course will be given in English – with an Italian translation – and is suitable for beginners and advanced. It is not necessary to have drawing experience.
Beginners will first draw a Buddha Face before moving on to drawing the complete figure or mandala.
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Come join us and create art in the most beautiful city in the world!