The Buddha Thangka Art Course – Inspiration Gallery!

Thangka art Gallery Buddha Shakyamuni School for Tibetan Buddhist Art
Welcome to the Inspiration Gallery! Here displayed are the artworks that were created during the online The Buddha Thangka Art Course (Buddha Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha of our time) with Carmen Mensink, Edition 2021, at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art.
These traditional Tibetan artworks are made by people from all over the world, and both with and without any drawing experience. Not only express these images the enlightened Buddha mind, they also convey the beauty, love and dedication of the maker. 🙏🏼
Isn’t each and every one of them amazing?

Kathy Bennett
Chicago Illinois, USA

Drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special

I love all of the courses I’ve taken with Carmen, but drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special. I learned so much about Buddha and his history, and i...
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Drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special

I love all of the courses I’ve taken with Carmen, but drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special. I learned so much about Buddha and his history, and it made the course have a deeper meaning for me. The meditations were wonderful and supported an immersive experience. Plus Carmen is a wonderful teacher and is makes the learning experience fun as well as instructive! Thanks Carmen – see you in the spring for White Tara!

Kathy Bennett
Chicago Illinois, USA
Gé Van Lieshout-Klarenaar
Heemskerk in the Netherlands

The drawing lessons and the teachings were a gift

Hé Carmen Thank you again for this wonderful Shakyamuni Buddha drawing lessons and all the teachings. They were a gift. And again i had some special d...
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The drawing lessons and the teachings were a gift

Hé Carmen
Thank you again for this wonderful Shakyamuni Buddha drawing lessons and all the teachings. They were a gift. And again i had some special dreams about it. That gives a feeling of connection with Tibet.
I have a black and white version for now. The coloring of Shakyamuni is growing on me. When i finish it i will show you his colours. Love Gé

Gé Van Lieshout-Klarenaar
Heemskerk in the Netherlands
Sabine Schwarz
Den Haag, The Netherlands

Reactivating the passion for drawing …immense amount of joy!!!

Wat a wonderful journey was this: reactivating the passion for drawing from my childhood days after longer than 40 years: standing still from astonish...
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Reactivating the passion for drawing …immense amount of joy!!!

Wat a wonderful journey was this: reactivating the passion for drawing from my childhood days after longer than 40 years: standing still from astonishing that I can do this: drawing a Buddha – only with a piece of plain white paper and a pencil! Working myself through so many emotions, the urge and pleasure to draw again .. the happiness to be a creator!.. the modesty and respect of seeing an enlightened person appearing on my paper in front of me.. the struggle of not being able to draw a single lotus leave easily out if my hand … the mindfulness to take two hours for drawing one single line… the dispair to realize how much time I needed to invest in this.. the inner fight to find a balance between the wish for perfection and being confronted with the imperfection of my abilities to handle the techniques.. the immense amount of joy!!! .. .the gratefulness to the Buddha himself that this was brought on my path – and to Carmen, my wonderful, encouraging, talented and wise teacher!! – THANK YOU SO MUCH to everybody: to the Buddha, to my teacher and to my fellow students! Just magical it was! 🙏

Sabine Schwarz
Den Haag, The Netherlands
Anjana
India

I got to learn a lot more about Shakyamuni Buddha

I had a wonderful time, as always, drawing the thangka and going through the modules. I got to learn a lot more about Shakyamuni Buddha and the journe...
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I got to learn a lot more about Shakyamuni Buddha

I had a wonderful time, as always, drawing the thangka and going through the modules. I got to learn a lot more about Shakyamuni Buddha and the journey was enhanced with the sessions, so beautifully presented by Carmen. Thank you Carmen, for creating such a serene space for all us students online; eagerly looking forward to the next course.

Anjana
India
Natalia Melnikova
Spain

Here’s my Buddha Shakyamuni!

Here’s my Buddha Shakyamuni!

Natalia Melnikova
Spain
Kathy Bennett
USA

Carmen makes the learning experience fun as well as instructive!

I love all of the courses I’ve taken with Carmen, but drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special. I learned so much about Buddha and his history, and i...
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Carmen makes the learning experience fun as well as instructive!

I love all of the courses I’ve taken with Carmen, but drawing the Buddha Shakyamuni was special. I learned so much about Buddha and his history, and it made the course have a deeper meaning for me. The meditations were wonderful and supported an immersive experience. Plus Carmen is a wonderful teacher and is makes the learning experience fun as well as instructive! Thanks Carmen – see you in the spring for White Tara!

Kathy Bennett
USA
Natasha
United Kingdom

This was the first time I had ever painted

This is the third course I have done with Carmen and I have really enjoyed it. I was able to relax more knowing more about the techniques of grids and...
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This was the first time I had ever painted

This is the third course I have done with Carmen and I have really enjoyed it. I was able to relax more knowing more about the techniques of grids and of drawing the Buddha. I found the whole experience very soothing and meditative. I applied the colouring techniques from the Colour course and this time instead of using pencils, I used acrylic paints which was very different yet it was easy to apply the teaching from the Colour Techniques Course to both pencils and paint. As this was the first time I had ever painted anything it was good to have that guidance. Thank you Carmen, for the whole course, the lectures, meditations and of course the actual drawing teaching.

Natasha
United Kingdom
Chris Molloy
New York, United States

The course was challenging, inspiring, and very informative

Here is my Buddha Shakyamuni. Still finishing it, with some touching up of the Buddha, robes, offerings, and the eyes. Will submit finished version la...
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The course was challenging, inspiring, and very informative

Here is my Buddha Shakyamuni. Still finishing it, with some touching up of the Buddha, robes, offerings, and the eyes. Will submit finished version later.

The course was as I expected, challenging, inspiring, and very informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to learn to draw Thangkas. A wonderful practise. Like drawing your own mind.

Chris Molloy
New York, United States
Natalia Melnikova
Spain

A wonderful experience

This was a wonderful experience drawing Buddha and learning more about his life and teachings. I enjoyed every module of the course and had a lot of i...
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A wonderful experience

This was a wonderful experience drawing Buddha and learning more about his life and teachings. I enjoyed every module of the course and had a lot of inspiration. Though my Buddha is not finished yet, I’ve decided to take it slow and not to rush. So I have more meditative days ahead and will proceed carefully with mindfulness and dedication

Natalia Melnikova
Spain
Lisa Evert
United States

I was challenged in all of the right ways

Thank you Carmen! This was an amazing class and I was challenged in all of the right ways. I learned so much and this is by far the most complex work...
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I was challenged in all of the right ways

Thank you Carmen! This was an amazing class and I was challenged in all of the right ways. I learned so much and this is by far the most complex work I’ve done. I can’t wait to start adding color!

Lisa Evert
United States
Beth
Virginia, in the United States

The history, the Mantra chanting, the meditations and the symbolism

I Loved all of it. The history, the Mantra chanting, the meditations and the symbolism..There is so much in this course!

The history, the Mantra chanting, the meditations and the symbolism

I Loved all of it. The history, the Mantra chanting, the meditations and the symbolism..There is so much in this course!

Beth
Virginia, in the United States
Anne Vial
Barcelona, Spain

Thank you for yet another wonderful, rich class!

I loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni & look forward to finishing the drawing with some shading and colouring. Thank you for yet another wond...
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Thank you for yet another wonderful, rich class!

I loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni & look forward to finishing the drawing with some shading and colouring. Thank you for yet another wonderful, rich class!
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNAYE SOHA…

Anne Vial
Barcelona, Spain
Pascale
USA

Mix between information about Tibetan Buddhism and drawing techniques

I really liked the mix between the information about Tibetan Buddhism and the drawing techniques. Carmen is very professional and supportive. It’s a g...
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Mix between information about Tibetan Buddhism and drawing techniques

I really liked the mix between the information about Tibetan Buddhism and the drawing techniques. Carmen is very professional and supportive. It’s a great experience and I hope to do many other courses. I didn’t have time to finish because I had some work commitments that got in the way but I hope to finish my Buddha Sakyamuni soon. Thank you Carmen.

Pascale
USA
Annie Bien
Brooklyn, New York, USA

I could do it in some concentrated days

Dear Carmen, I am so happy to have done this course. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to finish before I leave for my retreat, but you were ri...
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I could do it in some concentrated days

Dear Carmen,
I am so happy to have done this course. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to finish before I leave for my retreat, but you were right that I could do it in some concentrated days. I took my time playing with the color pencils and looking at my thangkas on my altar. Thank you so much. I also have a photo of the Buddha without myself in it if you like.

Annie Bien
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Theresa G.
NYC

My drawing skills have improved with each course

I love the weekly modules! I find it easier to complete my work over several weeks. My drawing skills have improved with each course. Thank you Carmen...
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My drawing skills have improved with each course

I love the weekly modules! I find it easier to complete my work over several weeks. My drawing skills have improved with each course. Thank you Carmen!

Theresa G.
NYC
Anh Ngoc Nguyen

Well created

The course was well created ❤️

Well created

The course was well created ❤️

Anh Ngoc Nguyen
Anne Vial
Barcelona, Spain

Loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni

I loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni & look forward to finishing the drawing with some shading and colouring. Thank you for yet another wond...
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Loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni

I loved learning to draw Buddha Shakyamuni & look forward to finishing the drawing with some shading and colouring. Thank you for yet another wonderful, rich class!
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNAYE SOHA…

Anne Vial
Barcelona, Spain
Esther

Really enjoyed the course

I really enjoyed the course and I am very happy that I can now combine two interests/hobbies (Buddhism and drawing).

Really enjoyed the course

I really enjoyed the course and I am very happy that I can now combine two interests/hobbies (Buddhism and drawing).

Esther
Joyce Isabelle
New Jersey USA

I have grown a lot through the workshops with Carmen

This was a great next step for me. By going larger (20×30 inches) and painting the final drawing it was a new challenge! It still needs tweaking-...
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I have grown a lot through the workshops with Carmen

This was a great next step for me. By going larger (20×30 inches) and painting the final drawing it was a new challenge! It still needs tweaking-more definition of the hands and feet, more details, etc.

I have grown a lot through the workshops with Carmen.

This was a beautiful course Carmen! Thank you! And thank you for all your courses. They have brought peace, joy, and focus during this time of uncertainty.

Joyce Isabelle
New Jersey USA
Sylvia
The Hague, The Netherlands

I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot

It has been a new journey for me to take the course of Buddha Shakyamuni and the six perfections. For me this was a huge step to decide to start drawi...
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I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot

It has been a new journey for me to take the course of Buddha Shakyamuni and the six perfections. For me this was a huge step to decide to start drawing the buddha with so much more details. I did several courses with Carmen, this was my 2nd online course, and it has been a wonderful experience. The lectures helped me to deepen my knowledge about Buddha Shakyamuni and seeing all the artwork of the other participants has been a great motivation for me to keep going. I didn‘t finish my drawing yet but one day it will. Carmen, thanks a lot for your support and your professional tips during this journey. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. Can‘t wait for the next course.

Sylvia
The Hague, The Netherlands
Barry
USA

The teacher’s love of The Buddha is evident and inspirational

Loved the course because the teacher’s love of The Buddha is evident and inspirational. Tried a large acrylic (28″x22″) and will do...
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The teacher’s love of The Buddha is evident and inspirational

Loved the course because the teacher’s love of The Buddha is evident and inspirational. Tried a large acrylic (28″x22″) and will do a bit more work after the course is just a memory. Carmen has a great gift for making this wonderful practice accessible to anyone, whether or not they are artists or just interested in Thangkas, these courses are for them.

Barry
USA
Sharon McKenzie
Santa Barbara, California USA

I loved the lessons. It is a journey.

I was so happy to be able to take another course from Carmen. These past 3 months have been very full so I didn’t have the time to do more. I di...
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I loved the lessons. It is a journey.

I was so happy to be able to take another course from Carmen. These past 3 months have been very full so I didn’t have the time to do more. I did get the preliminary drawing done, and know I will keep working on it in the future. Thank you Carmen for the meditations (I love the meditations). I loved learning the Mantra, and I remember it and Chant on my walks with my dog, or quietly to myself among other people. I didn’t find space to continue with the color, I have some blocks… I loved the lessons, I loved seeing the other Thangkas. It is a journey. Thank you for supporting me and my fellow pilgrims along our paths. Peace and blessings until next time. Stay healthy.

Sharon McKenzie
Santa Barbara, California USA
Teresa McDowell
Minnesota USA

I’m already looking forward to the next new class

Carmen’s course exceeded my expectations. How the drawing tutorials are broken down it makes it easier to follow. I’m already looking forward to the n...
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I’m already looking forward to the next new class

Carmen’s course exceeded my expectations. How the drawing tutorials are broken down it makes it easier to follow. I’m already looking forward to the next new class.

I was unable to totally finish my drawing this time. I plan on getting it finished and colored after the holidays.

Teresa McDowell
Minnesota USA
Val
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

I loved this drawing course

I loved this drawing course on Shakyamuni as much as the Medicine Buddha and White Tara courses, I am so grateful for all the extra learning on the to...
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I loved this drawing course

I loved this drawing course on Shakyamuni as much as the Medicine Buddha and White Tara courses, I am so grateful for all the extra learning on the topic that Carmen offers. I am especially delighted with the meditations she provides…they always center me and take me deeper.

Val
Las Vegas, Nevada USA