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NYC – Afternoon workshop
Create a Tibetan Amulet
for Protection, Well-being, Abundance and Longevity
Afternoon class with artist Carmen Mensink, who returns to the Pratt Institute to lead thangka drawing and painting classes as well as this special Tibetan Buddhist amulet-making workshop, where you will learn to make your own Protection Amulet according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Through the presentations you will learn about the background and meanings of Tibetan amulets.
The amulets are traditionally made of paper, printed with a special woodblock print of mantras and prayers of different Buddhas.
The papers are filled with medicinal herbs and precious substances (such as gold), and folded in a special way and bound in different ways with colored thread.
Each amulet has a specific meaning and power and one chooses a the kind of amulet that offers what is needed at that moment.
You can choose to make either one of the following amulets:
Check out the other thangka classes in NYC: Drawing the Buddha Face, May 23, White Tara thangka weekend course, May 24-26, 2019
Date: Friday May 24, 2019
Time: 1-5PM / Room 405
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER, 144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
See also the Pratt Institute website
The use of all materials is included.
Please register a.s.a.p. with program director Suzanne de Vegh by filling out this form (or call her at 212.647.7299):
“I was blessed to participate in Carmen Mensink’s Amulet workshop at NYC’s Rubin Museum of Art. Ms Mensink is an excellent instructor: knowledgeable, thoughtful, and mindful of her students’ abilities. Not only did we learn about the role of amulets in tibetan life and spiritual practice, but we also had the chance to craft an amulet for our own protection…mine now is displayed near a tibetan hanging of the eight auspicious symbols over the arch to my living room. I hope to have another chance to enjoy ms. Mensink’s teaching.“
Marcie S. Gitlin
Tibetan Amulet Class, Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, USA
“Carmen’s professionalism and visual arts acumen make her the consummate educator that she is. It was a joy and honor to become her student. As a result of what she taught me, I am inspired to practice, apply and hone the lessons our classes learned. It was instructive to become more aware of Eastern Art History and its rich legacy of beauty and spiritual content.
I’m so pleased to have been blessed with the artistic and personal opportunity to have studied with the gifted and gracious artist Carmen Mensink. I will encourage all of my colleagues and students to take her courses. I look forward to enrolling in additional courses when she returns to instruct in the New York Metropolitan area!
Many thank yous for this enriching art making experience. I received positive feedback, superb instruction and ongoing encouragement in order to acquire hands-on knowledge about these ancient aestethics, materials and skills.”
Amy Sue McPartlan, New York, USA
Amulet Class & thangka courses at the Rubin Museum of Art, Thangka Retreat at the Omega Institute
“Carmen Mensink is very knowledgable as if it were second nature to her. She explained the history behind thangka painting, took us in the gallery of the museum and explained the intricacy of the exhibits.
Carmen taught us that this class was not just about art, it is a combination of different aspects of Buddhism, respect for the lineage, awareness of living beings around you, and including meditation and mantras.
I believe this is the absolute correct way to teach a class such as this.”
Testimonial on an anonimous survey that the Rubin Museum sent out after class
Participant at a Thangka Painting course over 2 consecutive weekends at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, USA