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Thangka Drawing Course: Padmasambhava with Carmen Mensink

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

During this extended weekend retreat you will learn how to draw the powerful Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Padmasambhava was born in India in the 8th century and was a great tantric master known not only for his deep wisdom and teachings, but also for the many miracles that he performed. He is responsible for the introduction of Buddhism in Tibet, and it is thanks to his activities that Buddhism has become so great in Tibet. Because he is so important, he is also referred to as the Second Buddha.

In addition to drawing this special deity, in this extended weekend course you will learn all about the backgrounds and symbolism of Padmasambhava through presentations and lectures. In the mornings we will start with a guided meditation on Padmasambhava, and you will also learn the meanings of his mantra and work with it.

Thangka drawing is a meditation in itself,and creates joy and inner peace. Buddhist lamas say, “When you draw a buddha, you draw your own mind.”

This retreat is suitable for both intermediate and more advanced thangka students.

Beginners are welcome when at least they have previously learned the basics through a Buddha Face workshop, such as the Buddha Face Workshop NYC on May 23, 2019.

If you can’t make it on May 23, Carmen can give you the option on to draw the Buddha Face instead of the subject on one the following classes: Female Buddha Face, May 19, 2019, or the Lotus Flowers, May 21, 2019, or the Hybrid Animals in Tibetan Art, May 30, 2019. If you prefer to do so please let let her know, so she can prepare this for you.

You may also opt to draw The Buddha (Buddha Shakyamuni) instead of Padmasambhava. If you prefer this, please contact Carmen about it, so she can prepare this for you.

Students may also choose to finish their previous thangka artwork during this retreat (and of course you will receive the new grid proportions, too).


Friday, May 31 from 7:30 to 9:30pm
Saturday, June 1 from 10am to 6pm

Sunday, June 2 from 9am to 5pm


Friday evening: $20
Shantideva Members: $18

Weekend Course: $190 for 2 days, no single enrollment.
Shantideva Members: $171 for 2 days, no single enrollment.

(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.)


Registration 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.