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Thangkas: Tibetan-Buddhist scroll paintings

painted by Carmen Mensink

A selection of the thangka paintings created by Carmen and a ‘sneak preview’ of the paintings she’s currently working on.
Click on each image to see the name and click again to read more about the artwork and see the making of in pictures.

Amitayus thangka painted by Carmen Mensink

Amitayus

Buddha of Longevity
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The Bodhisattva of Compassion

Chenrezig

This detailed drawing shows the Bodhisattva of Great Com...
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Medicine Buddha

The Buddha of Healing
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Guhyasamaja

'Guhyasamaja' means 'Assembly of the Secret Ones...
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Green Tara thangka painted by Carmen Mensink

Green Tara

The Mother of all Buddhas
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1000-armed Chenrezig

The Buddha of Great Compassion
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White Tara painted by Carmen Mensink

White Tara

Buddha of Long Life
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The eight tibetan lucky symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols is the most famous set of symbols in Tibetan Buddhism.
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Naropa

Naropa was an Indian Buddhist mystic who lived in the 11th...
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Apsara / Dakini

This extraordinary apsara, or dakini, flies happily through...
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Prajnaparamita

This beautiful female deity personifies the wisdom of all...
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Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)

Padmasambhava is also referred to as the Second Buddha as without him we would not have Tibetan Buddhism
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Thangka of Vajrayogini

From Passion to Compassion
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Tibetan Medicine Plants

Healing plants & Herbs
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Yogi flying through the air

This beautiful yogi or mahasiddha flies happily th...
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Buddha Shakyamuni

The historical Buddha of our time
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8 Medicine Buddhas

The Healing Masters
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Lotus flower

(padma) Symbol of the Spiritual Journey
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Thangka Classes

Learn to draw/paint a Buddha, Mandala or Symbols in the...
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Mahasiddha

This extraordinary mahasiddha, or yogi, flies happily...
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Heruka-Vajrasattva

The Vajrasattva practice purifies the mind, which is...
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Mandala of Compassion

Mandala of Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara The Buddha of Compassion
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Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara)

(Skt.: Avalokiteshvara) Buddha of Compassion
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Ushnisha Vijaya

Ushnisha Vijaya (Tib.: Namgyelma) is one of the female...
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Stupas

Stupa (Tib.: Chorten) represents the Enlightened Body, Speech...
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Vajra

(Tib.: dorje) Tantric ritual implement
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Offering Goddess

with lotus flower and mantra
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Mandala of the 5 Elements

Earth - Water - Fire - Air - Space
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Vajrapani

The Infinite Power of all Buddhas
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Flying monk

This beautiful monk or mahasiddha flies happily...
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Wrathful Face

In Tibetan Buddhism, a wrathful deity is an enlightened being...
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Flying Dakini

This beautiful lady swirls happily through the air and...
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Skull Mask

This drawing of a Skull Mask is made on paper but...
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Wrathful Face

Tibetan Buddhist Masks -just like in many cultures all over the...
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Deer Mask

In Himalayan Buddhist Cham dances a lot of animal...
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Commissioning or buying a thangka
Carmen can paint you a thangka on commission. Any size is welcome and will be painted in consultation with you (including special dedications & blessings on the back) making it a very personal thangka. Traditionally, by commissioning a thangka, you will ‘bring the Buddha alive‘ which, according to Tibetan-Buddhism, brings on very positive karma and stabilizes your connection with the Buddha and the path to enlightenment, in this life and in future lives. Click here for more information on buying one of these thangkas or commissioning one.

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