NYC – Thangka Weekend Course
The Buddha of Healing
During this weekend course organized by Pratt Institute Manhattan, you will learn how to draw the Medicine Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The Medicine Buddha (Tib.: Sangye Menla) is the embodiment of all healing activities of the Buddhas, which are associated with healing both physical and mental suffering.
His deep blue color is that of lapis lazuli. Traditionally this precious stone was used to symbolize what was purely rare. In addition, this deep blue light has a healing effect when you work with it through visualization meditations (which we will also do this weekend).
In his left hand the Medicine Buddha holds a begging bowl filled with medicinal nectar and fruit. In his right hand he holds the Myrobalan plant, known as the ‘King of Healing’, which is known for its effectiveness in treating both mental and physical diseases.
Drawing an enlightened image like this Buddha is a meditation in itself and creates inner calmness and joy.
Through a combination of drawing, lectures and meditations, this weekend you will learn all about the backgrounds and symbolism of Medicine Buddha, and experience the meditational way of drawing thangka.
You will also learn the meaning of Medicine Buddha’s Mantra and learn how to work with it. Through this you will not only make a connection with the Medicine Buddha, it also give you drawing so much more depth.
If you are a Buddhist practitioner, drawing this Buddha image significantly improves visualization in your meditations.
>Included in this course is a visit to the Rubin Museum of Art!<
Dates & time:
Friday May 8, 2020: 6.30-8PM Lecture/presentation on Medicine Buddha and his symbolism / ROOM 213
Saturday May 9 + Sunday May 10, 2020: 10Am – 5PM both days (with a 1hr lunch break) / room to be announced
Where: PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER, 144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
Materials to bring:
– 1 sheet of good drawing paper 17 x 22 inch (or larger if you wish)
– pencil (or mechanical pencil)
– ruler (pref. 18 inch)
– optional: colored pencils
Please register a.s.a.p. with program director Suzanne de Vegh by filling out this form (or phone 212.647.7299):