Thangka Art Workshops
with Carmen Mensink

Fri–Sat, Sep 30–Oct 1 & Sun Oct 9 EDT IN-PERSON

We are excited that Carmen Mensink will be returning to Shantideva Center to teach three workshops for both beginners and advanced students. All come with a guided meditation, slide shows and talks on the symbolism of the subject (a Tibetan Buddha, Mandala or Symbol), and a lot of individual guidance.

The Four Harmonious Friends

The Four Harmonious Friends; the Elephant, Monkey, Hare and Partridge according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist Thangka. This workshop is suitable for everyone, including people without any drawing experience. For additional details, please visit the event page.

Date/Time: Fri Sep 30, 6–9pm; Sat Oct 1, 10:30am–6:30pm
Cost: Event Fee $150 for Friday evening and Saturday all-day, no single enrollment, includes materials.

Draw the Face of the Buddha

Learn about drawing and painting Tibetan thangkas including a short meditation and lecture about the backgrounds and symbolism of Tibetan thangkas. For additional details, please visit the event page.

Date/Time: Sun Oct 9, 10:30am–1:30pm with break
Cost: $50 includes materials

Tibetan Amulet Making

Create a Tibetan Amulet for Protection, Well-being, Abundance and Longevity. In this workshop you will make your own Protection Amulet according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For additional details, please visit the event page.

Date/Time: Sun Oct 9, 2:30–6:30pm with break
Cost: $75 includes materials

Thangka Art Workshops

Click below to see the registrations for all three workshops: The Four Harmonious Friends; Draw the Face of the Buddha; and Tibetan Amulet Making. (You must register for each workshop separately but you can add them to the same cart before checkout.)

Dana for the Teacher

Shantideva Center makes offerings to all of our teachers using the funds collected through registration. You can give additional support to the teacher and create a stronger karmic connection by offering dana. Please make sure to select the teacher’s name in the dropdown menu. Dana offered is passed entirely to the teacher, but please note that it is not tax-deductible.

About the Teacher

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