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Hybrid Animals in the Tibetan Tradition with Carmen Mensink

Thursday, May 30


In this meditative workshop you will learn to how to draw hybrid animals according to the traditional Tibetan thangka tradition (scroll paintings of Buddhas and Mandalas).

The three most common hybrid creatures are called “The Three Symbols of Victory in the Battle Against Disharmony.”
They consist of the “six traditional enemies” that are paired together in the following way:

  • Garuda & Snow Lion
  • Otter & Fish
  • Crocodile & Sea Snail

In this way three mystical animals are created, symbols of universal love.

In addition to the drawing sessions you will learn everything about the meanings and symbolism of these creatures in Tibetan art.

The workshop is suitable for anyone, including beginners without any drawing experience.


Thursday, May 30 from 9am to 3pm


Shantideva Members: $81

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact membership@shantidevanyc.org.)


Please register here. You may also register at the door.


Carmen Mensink was born in the Netherlands in 1972 and graduated in 1995 as a graphic designer at the Academy of Arts in Kampen. Afterwards she completed a specialization in Typography at The Hague Royal Academy of Arts in 1996. Carmen, who is a member of our sister FPMT Center in Amsterdam, lives in the Netherlands and teaches thangka courses in Europe, as well as thangka classes in the United States. Visit her website at //www.tibetan-buddhist-art.com