ONLINE Fall 2021 / Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing – Thangka Art Course

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The Medicine Buddha Thangka Art Course is offered three times a year at the online School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. All courses have a limited amount of students to ensure high quality and my full guidance, as I want each student to succeed.– Carmen

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

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

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

Bonny Bryant

It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka

Hi Carmen,
Attached is my Medicine Buddha with the beginnings of color. I love how you say how the Buddhas emerge from the paper, that is really how it feels for me. I’m still getting used to colored pencils but will continue, it is enjoyable and very different from my other illustration.

I…

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New Mexico, USA

It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka

Hi Carmen,
Attached is my Medicine Buddha with the beginnings of color. I love how you say how the Buddhas emerge from the paper, that is really how it feels for me. I’m still getting used to colored pencils but will continue, it is enjoyable and very different from my other illustration.

I really enjoyed speaking with you on our Zoom meeting Sunday and was very cheered and inspired by our conversation. It feels great to have started on this path of learning about thangka, many thanks again for sharing your knowledge and experience!

Bonny Bryant

New Mexico, USA

Tenzin Nyidron

Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

I got occasion and so fortunate to realised my dream. With the guide of Carmen, instruction, her skill, her encouragement, I could complete my work smoothly. Even I try the Buddha on the throne.
Thanks Carmen who gave us that chance by compassion and patience. Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderfu…

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Vietnam

Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

I got occasion and so fortunate to realised my dream. With the guide of Carmen, instruction, her skill, her encouragement, I could complete my work smoothly. Even I try the Buddha on the throne.
Thanks Carmen who gave us that chance by compassion and patience. Just relax and draw. It’s so wonderful.

Tenzin Nyidron

Vietnam

Betty van Vorselen

Inspiring course

Inspiring course. Great background information and beautiful mantras.

The Netherlands

Inspiring course

Inspiring course. Great background information and beautiful mantras.

Betty van Vorselen

The Netherlands

Robin

Very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting

The class exceeded my expectations. There was so much information, from learning about the history and background of the Medicine Buddha and Tibetan medicine; the meditation, the Medicine Buddha mantra and chanting to the actual drawing and coloring. It was very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance d…

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New Jersey, USA

Very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting

The class exceeded my expectations. There was so much information, from learning about the history and background of the Medicine Buddha and Tibetan medicine; the meditation, the Medicine Buddha mantra and chanting to the actual drawing and coloring. It was very helpful to have Carmen’s guidance during the zoom meeting. The class was a joy to experience.

Robin

New Jersey, USA

Sharon McKenzie

I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well

I took a class last summer, live, in Italy, and have wanted to paint the Medicine Buddha for years. I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well. Thanks. It is clear, nicely divided up into sections, so you can do as much or as little as you have time for, and come back, know …

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Santa Barbara, California

I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well

I took a class last summer, live, in Italy, and have wanted to paint the Medicine Buddha for years. I am not comfortable with computers, but this class worked out well. Thanks. It is clear, nicely divided up into sections, so you can do as much or as little as you have time for, and come back, know where you are and continue. Recording these classes is a work of love, now they will be accessible to more people who can’t travel. Grazie Carmen. Tanti grazie.

About the Colouring Techniques Course:
Wow. Yes, Carmen, what a fabulous course. I didn’t really know what you would present. It is a very comprehensive drawing course, introducing pencil and shading and blending and color and how to use it. I love all the examples of students work. Seeing the variety and different personal styles gave me the courage and inspiration to keep going. It was also very nice, not being in a classroom with other students, being able to see other people’s work, and some other faces. I loved, loved, loved the supplementary bonus links to Rembrandt and Vermeer and Van Gogh, I spent hours in the museums drinking in your rich heritage. Thank you.

I’ve never really used colored pencil formally before and I am grateful to learn new techniques. Who knew how many values you can get with one color pencil? And with the instruction on blending I now know how others achieved the softness in their Thangkas. I didn’t know you could use Q-tips, or paint thinner to blend and extend the color. I very much like the water color effect you can get with the solvents.

If I had taken this color class first, my Medicine Buddha would have been very different. I won’t struggle so much with my next one, having learned so much in this course. I missed the comradery of the classroom, but I loved being able to pause and rewind and practice and re-listen to the different lessons.

 

Sharon McKenzie

Santa Barbara, California

Lorraine Kardash

The spiritual practices were so meaningfully integrated

My expectations were more than met by this course. I especially loved the spiritual practices, which were so meaningfully integrated. The combination of all the elements was helpful and enjoyable. My coloring technique is at present in need of more practice – makes me want to try my hand at an…

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Gorham, Maine, United States

The spiritual practices were so meaningfully integrated

My expectations were more than met by this course. I especially loved the spiritual practices, which were so meaningfully integrated. The combination of all the elements was helpful and enjoyable. My coloring technique is at present in need of more practice – makes me want to try my hand at another course!
Thank you so much for doing this!

Lorraine Kardash

Gorham, Maine, United States

Anjana

Such an enriching and serene experience

Thank you Carmen for providing such an enriching and serene experience with this Medicine Buddha course.
Though not an artist by any standards, your course, that was structured so beautifully, helped me draw the Buddha and have a meditative experience too in the process. Kudos to you for setting up …

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Such an enriching and serene experience

Thank you Carmen for providing such an enriching and serene experience with this Medicine Buddha course.
Though not an artist by any standards, your course, that was structured so beautifully, helped me draw the Buddha and have a meditative experience too in the process. Kudos to you for setting up a great online course that guides us all the way with greatly paced and instructional demos.

Anjana

Heidi de Mare

A world opened up for me

What a beautiful experience! Drawing meticulous all aspects of the Medicine Buddha was an intense exploratory journey for me, in body and mind, and perhaps in the future also in my speech. Thanks, Carmen, for your attentive guidance and fascinating lectures, a world opened up for me that I will try …

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The Netherlands

A world opened up for me

What a beautiful experience! Drawing meticulous all aspects of the Medicine Buddha was an intense exploratory journey for me, in body and mind, and perhaps in the future also in my speech. Thanks, Carmen, for your attentive guidance and fascinating lectures, a world opened up for me that I will try to hold on to. I am looking forward to the color technique course to perfect both the Buddha face and the Medicine Buddha. Thanks again!

Heidi de Mare

The Netherlands

Arisina, The Netherlands

Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology is an essential part of the workshop

I appreciated Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology as an essential part of the workshop, besides the technical aspects, which were also very clear.
Oh, and I do like her shop!

Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology is an essential part of the workshop

I appreciated Carmens knowledge of tibetan history and iconology as an essential part of the workshop, besides the technical aspects, which were also very clear.
Oh, and I do like her shop!

Arisina, The Netherlands

Maria E.

It was such a special time for me!

The course exceeded my expectations. So much information on the history and detailed instruction that I really enjoyed, especially for drawing the hands and feet, I so appreciated it. The mantra recitation was really beautiful!

I absolutely love the Meditations and the sacredness with which you han…

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It was such a special time for me!

The course exceeded my expectations. So much information on the history and detailed instruction that I really enjoyed, especially for drawing the hands and feet, I so appreciated it. The mantra recitation was really beautiful!

I absolutely love the Meditations and the sacredness with which you handle and deliver the course material, Carmen! I loved every aspect of the course and it was such a blessing to be able to go over material I needed to review again and again!

Also, the fact that you offered the course online was so helpful since with the pandemic no onsite courses were available! Still miss the interaction with you in person and with the other students but I am so grateful I could immerse myself in drawing sacred art! It was such a special time for me!

Maria E.

Jennifer Selkow

Far exceeding my expectations!

I loved the depth of this course: intention meditation, mantras, learning about the history of Thangka and Tibetan medicine, the meaning of symbolism, dedication meditation… I didn’t just learn how to draw the Medicine Buddha, but have gained a rich spiritual practice. Your course was …

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Far exceeding my expectations!

I loved the depth of this course: intention meditation, mantras, learning about the history of Thangka and Tibetan medicine, the meaning of symbolism, dedication meditation… I didn’t just learn how to draw the Medicine Buddha, but have gained a rich spiritual practice. Your course was amazing, far exceeding my expectations!

Jennifer Selkow

Johnny

Hints and tips of how to actually do it

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and find the Buddhist teaching element and spirituality excellent. My aspirations were simply to be able to draw a presentable Medicine Buddha in the first instance and I’m happy I achieved that.

The guided drawing in stages with hints and tips of how to actual…

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Hints and tips of how to actually do it

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and find the Buddhist teaching element and spirituality excellent. My aspirations were simply to be able to draw a presentable Medicine Buddha in the first instance and I’m happy I achieved that.

The guided drawing in stages with hints and tips of how to actually do it and in what order have been invaluable. Its possible to go out and buy a book but without this clear instruction, guidance and indeed lineage working from a book is very impersonal and open to interpretation.

I feel Carmen struck a great balance and this online course has great artistic and authenticity value.

Johnny

Moira McCaul

Like taking a class with you in person!

I wanted to learn about the symbolism and iconography behind the Medicine Buddha and of course the proper proportions. I think it was very apt to have a course on him at this time considering the global pandemic. The class was perfect! It met all my expectations.

I really enjoyed how it was broken…

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Like taking a class with you in person!

I wanted to learn about the symbolism and iconography behind the Medicine Buddha and of course the proper proportions. I think it was very apt to have a course on him at this time considering the global pandemic. The class was perfect! It met all my expectations.

I really enjoyed how it was broken up into different modules. It was almost like taking a class with you in person! Your calm demeanor and positive energy even came through in the videos!

Moira McCaul

Kanti Arani

Liked the special zoom session to understand the colouring techniques

This session was structured very well to understand the iconography and how to draw the full Buddha body. I really enjoyed the transformation of grid to the full body figure as we go on the course step by step.

I reall liked the way Carmen explained drawing feet and hands in this course.
I als…

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Liked the special zoom session to understand the colouring techniques

This session was structured very well to understand the iconography and how to draw the full Buddha body. I really enjoyed the transformation of grid to the full body figure as we go on the course step by step.

I reall liked the way Carmen explained drawing feet and hands in this course.
I also liked the special zoom session she took to help me understand the colouring techniques.

Kanti Arani

Teresa McDowell

In depth course like I would receive if I were there in person

I enjoy the combination of all the different elements. I feel that it is a rather detailed and in depth course like I would receive if I were there in person.

I actually found the meditating the most useful to me. I suffer from anxiety and noticed that I was calmer after every session. I was also in…

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In depth course like I would receive if I were there in person

I enjoy the combination of all the different elements. I feel that it is a rather detailed and in depth course like I would receive if I were there in person.

I actually found the meditating the most useful to me. I suffer from anxiety and noticed that I was calmer after every session. I was also interested in the background of Tibetan medicine. So much so, that I even ordered a few books on the subject.

Teresa McDowell

Anna De Schutter

I knew it would be great again!

I loved doing this course. I knew it would be great again!
I knew more or less what to expect and the course was again very well structured.

I very much appreciated the mantra and the singing, it took me into another state of mind, so it was easier for me to focus.

I knew it would be great again!

I loved doing this course. I knew it would be great again!
I knew more or less what to expect and the course was again very well structured.

I very much appreciated the mantra and the singing, it took me into another state of mind, so it was easier for me to focus.

Anna De Schutter

Joyce Isabelle

I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience

The course felt thorough. Carmen is adept at instruction and encouragement!
I loved learning about the mantra. I learned a lot in my one-on-one Zoom session.

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I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience

The course felt thorough. Carmen is adept at instruction and encouragement!
I loved learning about the mantra. I learned a lot in my one-on-one Zoom session.

I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about thangka methods, working with pencil, and colors. In addition, learned about the Medicine Buddha and his mantra, plants, symbolism.
Thank you Carmen!

Joyce Isabelle

Nancy Fritz

Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line

I expected the course to be similar to the White Tara course I took previously. I think Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line. I enjoyed the lecture information along with the drawing instructions and mediations.

The breakdown of the drawing sessions were quite useful. I would…

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Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line

I expected the course to be similar to the White Tara course I took previously. I think Carmen did a good job with transitioning the course on-line. I enjoyed the lecture information along with the drawing instructions and mediations.

The breakdown of the drawing sessions were quite useful. I would say though the information in the lecture and private Zoom session were most valuable for the understanding drawing and the Medicine Buddha.

Thank you again Carmen for offering the course on-line. I enjoyed this class and would love to take another class with you.

Nancy Fritz

Peggy Sue McRae

A whole month to access the material

I thought the videos were beautifully made, visually appealing and clear to follow and learn from.
I appreciated how different aspects of the course, art process, history and culture, understanding and use of the mantra, and the guided meditation all supported each other.
My expectation was…

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A whole month to access the material

I thought the videos were beautifully made, visually appealing and clear to follow and learn from.
I appreciated how different aspects of the course, art process, history and culture, understanding and use of the mantra, and the guided meditation all supported each other.
My expectation was to create a drawing and that expectation was met. The guided meditation was an unexpected treasure.

I was glad we had a whole month to access the material.
As a single person living by myself out in the woods under quarantine I consistently under estimated how much I would be interrupted. Even worse when outside interruptions stopped I would manage to interrupt myself!
Creating blocks of time to be in retreat mode was a challenge but very rewarding when I managed to do it.

 

 

Peggy Sue McRae