Special Guan Yin Thangka Course in NYC, Medicine Buddha Online, and Tara’s Cherry Blossoms 🌸

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Special Guan Yin Thangka Course in NYC, Medicine Buddha Online, and Tara’s Cherry Blossoms 🌸

Upcoming Online Classes:


Buddha Face

Online Thangka
Art Course

April 26-May 5
During this in-depth thangka course, you will learn how to draw the face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. You don’t need to have any drawing experience.


Medicine Buddha

Online Thangka
Art Course

May 11-July 14, 2024

The Medicine Buddha (Tib.: Sangye Menla) is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ Healing qualities, associated with healing both physical and mental suffering. His deep blue lapis lazuli colour and the healing plants that he holds, symbolize his power to conquer diseases and delusions.

In this course you will learn how to draw this Buddha according to thangka tradition.

Upcoming Classes in the US (East Coast):


Introduction to Thangka Art

Tibet House, NYC

June 21, 2024 ​
A beautiful evening with Carmen Mensink, where after her lecture on the art of thangka you’ll get to experience it hands-on by learning how to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

This evening is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever; Carmen will guide you individually.

The use of materials is included!


Guan Yin
Thangka Course

Tibet House, NY
June 22+23, 2024

During this weekend workshop you will learn to draw (and perhaps later paint) this beautiful figure according to the tradition of thangka (Tibetan scroll paintings).

Guan Yin can be found in the various Buddhist traditions of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. She is a form of Avalokitesvara (Tib. Chenrezig) the male bodhisattva of compassion.

The story of how Guan Yin transformed from a male into a female form over the centuries is a very interesting one, and of course you will learn all about this.

For the drawing part you can choose between two different forms of Guan Yin -standing and sitting. Of course you can also just focus on drawing her face.

The use of materials is included!

Other classes
in NYC

An additional evening workshop and lectures (onsite and online) at the Shantideva Center in Brooklyn, NYC may still be added. Keep an eye on this email and the website.


Art Retreat

Omega Institute

June 30-July 5, 2024

Join us for the annual Arts Week at the wonderful Omega Institute!

Learn to draw and/or paint a Buddha or Mandala, and enjoy lectures on Tibetan Art during this meditative retreat with like-minded people, at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY.

Carmen’s personal approach and guidance makes this retreat suitable for students of all levels.

The subject this week is Green Tara and her mandala. You can choose which one you want to work on this week.

Beginners may also choose for Buddha Shakyamuni or Medicine Buddha as their subject this week (as these are better suitable for beginners) but please contact Carmen beforehand if you would like that so she can prepare this for you.

There will be time to make lovely walks, visit the sweet village of Rhinebeck and join the extra eveing programs that Omega offers.

Omega offers amazing meals and you can choose from different places to stay on campus (or off campus).

Searching for a Thangka Course in Europe?

ITALY, Florence | 12-19 April | Thangka Retreat Week | LAST SPACES

NETHERLANDS | 3-10 August | Thangka Summer Retreat 

NETHERLANDS | 31 Oct – 1 Nov | Guan Yin, Female Compassion

ITALY, Venice | 7-10 Nov | Thangka Course