Sri Lanka – Buddhist Art & Painting Retreat incl. sightseeing tour
Subject ‘wealth deities’: Yellow Dzambala & Vasudhara
An amazing 11 day course from 20 feb to 1 march, 2020, that includes a 4 day sightseeing tour to the famous Buddhist pilgrim sites.
Note: Registration ends Oct 31, 2019
Organized by The Buddhist Library in Singapore – TBL Members get a S$210 discount
In this Buddhist Art Retreat you will learn to draw & paint famous ‘wealth deities’; the male Yellow Dzambala and the female Vasudhara, according to the tradition of Buddhist Thangka (scroll painting).
Yellow Dzambala is the best-known Deity of Wealth & Abundance and an appearance of Avalokiteshvara (Tib .: Chenrezig), the Buddha of Compassion.
With its round, strong appearance, he takes on a wrathful and powerful form to protect us from harmful forces and negative karma. He helps to reduce all our obstacles while he increases the happiness and prosperity in our lives (both in material and spiritual terms), and in particular grants us financial stability.
In his right hand Dzambala holds a fruit or a wish-fulfilling jewel, and in his left hand he holds a mongoose, a beautiful little animal that is spitting out precious pearls / jewels.
Vasudhara (Tib .: No Gyur Ma) is the beautiful female Bodhisattva of Wealth, Prosperity, Abundance and Growth. Her Sanskrit name means “Flow of Gemstones.” Originally Vasudhara was an Indian goddess, but her popularity has spread to other Buddhist countries. Especially in Nepal she has a strong following among the Newari’s (the indigenous population from the Kathmandu valley) and is therefore a central figure in Newari Buddhism.
This painting retreat is extra special, because it includes a sightseeing tour where we will visit the most beautiful Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, and look at the ancient artwork, Buddha paintings and murals. Our own buddha drawing & painting practice will make this an even deeper experience and offers a better understanding of Buddhist art.
Check out the complete schedule here
Participants will be coming from all over the world, and this course offers a wonderful opportunity to combine it with a longer vacation in Sri Lanka or elsewhere in Asia.
You can either choose to draw and color the Buddha with colored pencils or paint your drawing and learn how to work with the special thangka (tibetan scroll) painting techniques. Drawing and painting experience is not necessary, enthusiasm is!
You can also use this retreat to complete the thangka drawings and paintings that you’ve previously made in a course with Carmen.
Paramita International Buddhist Centre
The painting course will be held at the Paramita International Buddhist Centre, in central Sri Lanka, a beautiful place to stay. You will share a room with another thangka student. More information can be found here under the pink bars.
Sightseeing tour to the most famous Buddhist sites
The sightseeing tour will be after the painting retreat, where you will stay in 3-star hotels, in double rooms (a single room is possible for a supplement). The complete schedule of the retreat and the sightseeing tour can be found here under the pink bars. At the bottom of the page some pictures of the places we will be visiting.
See you in Sri Lanka!