NYC – Weekend Course
At the Shantideva Center
the Second Buddha
During this extended weekend retreat you will learn how to draw the powerful Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Padmasambhava was born in India in the 8th century (from a lotus flower as the story goes), and he was a great tantric master that was not only known for his deep wisdom and teachings, but also for the many miracles that he performed.
He is responsible for the introduction of (tantric) Buddhism in Tibet, and it is thanks to his activities that Buddhism has become so great in Tibet. Because he is so important, he is also referred to as ‘the Second Buddha.’
Padmasambhava’s Tibetan name is Guru Rinpoche, and he was partly responsible for the construction of the very first Buddhist monastery in Tibet: Samye.
Together with Yeshe Tsogyal (one of his two wives who also became famous and respected spiritual teachers), Padmasambhava traveled the entire Tibetan plateau to hide large quantities of religious texts. These terma texts (or treasure texts) were deliberately buried or hidden in order to be of use to future generations if they were ripe for their content.
Throughout the Himalayan region, traces of this great master can still be found, such as in and around the many caves in which he meditated.
In addition to drawing this special deity, in this extended weekend course you will learn all about the backgrounds and symbolism of Padmasambhava through presentations and lectures. In the mornings we will start with a guided meditation on Padmasambhava, and you will also learn the meanings of his mantra and work with it.
Thangka-drawing is a meditation in itself, and creates joy and inner peace.
Buddhist lamas say “When you draw a Buddha, you draw your own mind.”
If you are a Buddhist practitioner, drawing a Buddha can greatly be of benefit to your visualization meditation.
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