The Sacred Art of Tibetan Buddhism: understanding art as "" as "objects of support"
with Andy Weber

Saturdays, Oct 30, Nov 6 & 13, 11am–2pm EDT ONLINE

All Buddhist art is considered by practitioners as “”, which translates to ‘objects of support’. “Ten” meaning support and “pa” object. The question is: how do they support us exactly. This lecture series will shed light onto the sacred art of Tibetan Buddhism and, ultimately, the nature of our true existence. 

Lecture I: BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI – Introduction into the Sacred Art of Tibet.

This lecture will focus on the image of Buddha Shakyamuni, its deep symbolism and its relation to the vast iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. Andy will teach students how to ‘read’ the image and how to use these insights in one’s personal life and daily practise. Only through such knowledge, the object becomes sacred and meaningful.

Lecture II: WHEEL OF LIFE – The essence of the Buddha’s teaching.

How do Buddhists perceive reality not only over life times, but also indeed from moment to moment in their existence? How are beings bound to endless cycles of life, death and rebirth? How do practitioners relate to the message of this image and use it as daily inspiration and guide. This lecture will shed light onto this extraordinary image, displayed outside temples and monasteries to remind visitors to the sacred site of their purpose and reasons for entering.

Lecture III: VAJRASATTVA – the Buddha of Purification as commonly known. 

This lecture will explore the deeper symbolism of the deity, his ornaments and ritual tools he is holding. How do we relate to ‘deities’ and why? What is purification on the various levels of tantric practice? This lecture will reveal the reasons for the existence of sacred art and emanations of the deities.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

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If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $30 per session
Other offering options: free to $40

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

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Additional Materials

If you are a registered student, you may access the readings on our password protected page. After registering, an online receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. The page link and password will be on the receipt. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about accessing this page.


All recordings will be available soon.

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About the Teacher

The artist Andy Weber spent eight years in India and Nepal studying the iconographic art of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of accomplished masters in northern India and Nepal. His unique style is highly respected not only by a growing number of western Buddhists, but also by many Tibetan lamas who have commissioned his work. His artwork has appeared throughout the world in numerous publications, exhibitions and Buddhist temples, most notably in the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. He divides his time between teaching and lecturing all over the world, and painting and drawing for various projects. Andy is the artist and co-author of the book “Images of Enlightenment” (1993). More recently, he has published instruction manuals for sacred iconography with Tig.le productions, both in English and in Spanish. He has also taught in universities, namely Lancaster University for nine years. 

His style of teaching is direct and based on personal experience and insight. For most listeners, his personal approach is an eye-opener into the sacred art of Tibet.

His art and teaching schedule is available on his website: