Sri Lanka / 20-27 Feb, 2020 / Thangka Painting Retreat

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Sri Lanka – Thangka Painting Retreat 

The subject is Wealth Buddhas: Yellow Dzambala & Vasudhara

NOTE: This course from 20-27 feb, 2020 is almost full,
as of dec 2019 there are a few spaces left for this special retreat.

Organized by The Buddhist Library in Singapore – TBL Members get a S$200 discount

In this Buddhist Art Retreat you will learn to draw & paint famous ‘wealth buddhas’; the male Yellow Dzambala and the female Vasudhara, according to the tradition of Buddhist Thangka (scroll painting).

Yellow Dzambala
is the best-known Buddha 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 Buddha 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.

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 Centremeditation-centre-sri-lanka
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.

Read more about the previous Buddhist Art Retreat in Sri Lanka 

Check out all pictures of the previous Buddhist Art Retreat in Sri Lanka on the Facebook Page

More Info, Schedule & Registration

Thu 20 feb: arrival, getting settled & introduction 
Bus transfer from Colombo Airport to the Paramita International Buddhist Centre, time will be announced.
After that the bus will make a stop in Colombo city or Negombo for the people who arrived before the 20th (time and place will be announced).

Those who missed this transit can take a cab from Colombo Airport directly to Paramita International Buddhist Centre, No. 7 Kandy Road, Kadugannawa.

Arrival at Paramita Center: get settled in your room and get shown around the center and the green gardens. We will get to know each other and share out first dinner together, after which the first evening starts with a lecture & introduction of the painting course & its subject Guan Yin.

Fri 21 – Wed 26 feb: Buddhist drawing & painting course
All days start with a guided meditation in the morning (optional) and drawing sessions in the morning and afternoon.
Later in the week we will turn to colouring and/or painting sessions, and you will learn how to apply the special thangka painting techniques.
There will be a lot of individual guidance. In the evenings there will be free time, a lecture on buddhist art or a film.
Sunday afternoon (Feb. 23) is free time and you can go for sightseeing (to Kandy or to the temples nearby for example) or relax and enjoy the nature & surroundings.

Thu 27 feb: transfer to the airport or go your own way if you want to extend your vacation.

Below you will find the table for the Thangka Course fee, 7 nights stay & all meals in the Paramita International Buddhist Centre.
The first two tables are for non Buddhist Library members, and you can choose if you want a single room during the sightseeing trip (at the Paramita Center you will share a room with another student).

Buddhist Libary Members
Buddhist Libary Members
Course Fees SGD$610 SGD$610
Paramita Accommodation (Room sharing) & Meals (7 days 7 nights) SGD$250 SGD$50
**Total SGD$860 SGD$660

**Price quoted does not include airfare.

For participants residing in Singapore, you may contact Koon Teck (6746 8435) from Buddhist Library to arrange for group booking of flight.

Currency of Payment SGD (Singapore dollars)
Mode of Payment TT (Telegraphic Transfer)
Name of Beneficiary Buddhist Research Society
Bank Details DBS swift code: DBSSSGSG
DBS Bank account number: 0010193783
Address: The Buddhist Library, No. 2 Lorong 24A Geylang Singapore 398526
Payment reason (For participants joining Thangka course only.  

20 Feb (Thur) to 26 Feb (Wed) Thangka Art Retreat 2020

Important Notes Senders have to bear all bank charges where applicable
Confirmation of the bookings will be done when we receive full payment
No refunds will be entertained once the bookings are confirmedt is available for €105) TOTAL € 755


Flights: You have to arrange your own flight to Colombo Airport, the main city of Sri Lanka.
Visa for Sri Lanka can be purchased online beforehand, or on arrival at Colombo Airport.

If you fly in from Singapore you can fly together with other students if you like, the Buddhist Library can introduce you to ach other. 

If you fly in from The Netherlands and would like to travel together with other Dutch participants, Carmen can introduce you to ach other. She can also do that for people from other countries. 

Free transport from Colombo airport to the Paramita Centre and vice versa will be provided on Thu Feb 20 and Sun March 1st.

Materials to bring
You can choose if you want to draw & color or draw & paint:

The List of Art Materials will be emailed to you.

Easiest for traveling is to put the paper in a tube.

If you still have any questions regarding the Buddhist Art Course that you cannot find here, you can contact Carmen

paramita-meditation-center-sri-lankaParamita International Buddhist Centre
No. 7 Kandy Road
Sri Lanka

Kadugannawa is a town located in the Kandy District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated approximately 100 km away from the Country’s Capital – Colombo, along the A1, Colombo-Kandy Road. Paramita Meditation Centre is also situated along this route, and within 100 metres of the famous landmark Kadugannawa Rock Tunnel, known locally as “Gala widapu thena”.

Website: Paramita International Buddhist Centre

Please register by filling in the form below (in English) or send an email via koonteck(at) This form will go to Koon Teck from The Buddhist Library in Singapore.

You can also call Koon Teck at The Buddhist Library in Singapore: (+65) 6746-8435 (Tue-Sat: 12:00 noon – 9:00pm / Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm / closed on Mondays)



See you in Sri Lanka!


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