A special 10 day Thangka Painting Retreat!
Shamatha Meditation Image
for developing a peaceful mind
In this wonderful summer course in Italy you will learn to draw and color or paint this special image according to the Tibetan-Buddhist thangka tradition.
The Sanskrit word ‘Shamatha’ means ‘to develop peace’. This schematic picture shows the the path of a monk an elephant and a monkey, surrounded by different elements of nature (clouds, rainbows, fire, etc.)
The diagram illustrates the 9 stages of spiritual development of the practitioner (you) from the very first
stage, in which there is no control over the mind (‘monkey mind’), to the highest stage: a completely peaceful mind and the experience of pure consciousness (‘Buddha nature’).
The development of Shamatha (Tib.: Chi.nae, Eng.: Calm abiding) is meant to cultivate and refine your ability to focus, making your mind more stable and clearer. Negative emotions -such as contempt and aversion- decrease and are replaced over time by compassion and equanimity.
There are various shamatha meditation techniques to stabilize your attention and become more mindful, and you will learn them all during this course.
The course is suitable for everyone, from beginners (even without any drawing experience) to advanced. Advanced thangka students may choose to finish their other artwork during this course (and will of course receive these new grids as well).
Advantages of a long thangka retreat:
- In this 10-day painting course you can really go in-depth
- Including all nights and delicious Italian meals, with organic vegetables from own compound, freshly prepared every day with love
- Meet students from different countries and make new friends
- The course is set in Kushi Ling, the most beautiful Buddhist Centre of Italy, amidst the mountains and olive trees
- You can fly cheaply to Verona or Milan
- Great possibility to combine this retreat with vacation in Italy (e.g. to Lake Garda and Verona that are nearby)
You really don’t need any drawing or painting experience.
Carmen offers a lot of individual guidance, at your own level.
Halfway during the retreat there will be an afternoon off so you can taste the best ice cream in the nearest village of Arco, visit the Garda lake, hike in the mountains or have a great walk to ‘Castello’, the medieval castle on top of the hill overlooking Arco.
English and Italian
The teachings are given in English, and when needed can be translated in Italian by one of the advanced Italian students.
Want to travel together with other participants?
In the morning on the first day of the retreat, Carmen and some other students will travel together to Kushi Ling by taking the beautiful boat trip (around 9.45 AM) from Peschiera (not far from Verona) to Riva del Garda, where we will have lunch together and share a 20min. taxi ride to Kushi Ling.
If you want to join in Verona / Peschiera / Riva del Garda please contact Carmen about it.
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