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Painting the Buddha

Tibetan Scroll Painting as Meditation

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Deepen and expand your experience of meditation by learning how to draw the Buddha on traditional Tibetan scrolls (thangka).

As you paint, you will tap into the energy of the Buddha, or the Enlightened One, and purify any negativity in your body, speech, and mind—essential components for making progress on the spiritual path. You will also feel the joy and peace the practice can generate.

Under the instruction of artist Carmen Mensink, a sought-after teacher and thangka painter, you will gain a thorough understanding of this practice through painting and drawing instruction, slide shows, lectures, and meditations.

You will learn:

  • Historical, cultural, and religious contexts of Tibetan thangka paintings
  • How to interpret the symbolism found in Tibetan art
  • The meaning of Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and how to work with it.

This is a unique opportunity for everyone, including beginners with no drawing or painting experience, to dive into a revered, time-honored practice. Buddhist practitioners will find that drawing the Buddha significantly improves your visualizations and meditations.

Buddha-Drawing-with-Carmen-Mensink

Carmen Mensink

July 9 - 14, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$430 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Deepen and expand your experience of meditation by learning how to draw the Buddha on traditional Tibetan scrolls (thangka).

As you paint, you will tap into the energy of the Buddha, or the Enlightened One, and purify any negativity in your body, speech, and mind—essential components for making progress on the spiritual path. You will also feel the joy and peace the practice can generate.

Under the instruction of artist Carmen Mensink, a sought-after teacher and thangka painter, you will gain a thorough understanding of this practice through painting and drawing instruction, slide shows, lectures, and meditations.

You will learn:

  • Historical, cultural, and religious contexts of Tibetan thangka paintings
  • How to interpret the symbolism found in Tibetan art
  • The meaning of Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and how to work with it.

This is a unique opportunity for everyone, including beginners with no drawing or painting experience, to dive into a revered, time-honored practice. Buddhist practitioners will find that drawing the Buddha significantly improves your visualizations and meditations.

Faculty Bio

Carmen Mensink

Carmen Mensink is an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, the traditional Tibetan scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas. She is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and teaches this beautiful art as well as Buddhist meditation and philosophy at museums, universities, and Buddhist centers throughout the world.

Carmen graduated as graphic designer from the Royal Academy of Art and worked for many years in design and advertising agencies. After she became a Buddhist practitioner, she met her thangka painter teacher, the well-known Andy Weber. Captivated by the rich tradition and detailed craftsmanship of these Tibetan Buddhist paintings she started many years of training with him, 13 in total.

As is tradition within a thangka lineage, the teacher points out his successors, and in 2003 Andy told Carmen that it was time for her to start teaching. It was something she never saw coming but took on with much love, passion, and dedication. She has been teaching since 2008, and in 2009 and 2014 she was invited to work on related Tibetan art forms, including large floor paintings of the 8 Auspicious Symbols to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Netherlands.

Why Attend

  • Take advantage of a rare opportunity to learn a traditional Tibetan art.

  • Discover a new way to reconnect to your meditation practice.

  • Expand your artistic repertoire and tap into a your creativity in a new way.

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Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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