Mandala of Green Tara
or Green Tara instead of the mandala
Thu 8 to Sun 11 Nov. 2018
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. In this first course (8-11 nov. 2018) you will learn how to draw this subject, and in the second course (21-24 March 2019) you will learn how to color or paint it with the right techniques. Note that this course can also be followed by itself, but priority will be given to people who sign up for both courses.
In this extended weekend course at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to draw the Mandala of Green Tara (or Green Tara) 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.
Learn how to color or paint your Mandala or Green Tara with the special color pencil or thangka painting techniques that are offered in Part 2 of the course, from 21-24 March 2019. We will also offer an optional 3-day extension on March 25-26-27, where we will be painting in the morning and go for special non-touristy sightseeing places in Venice in the afternoon. More info will follow.
NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION: As space is limited, priority will be given to students who join both courses.
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Come join us and create art in the most beautiful city in the world!