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DRAW THE FACE OF THE BUDDHA

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Learn to draw the face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the way it has been done for centuries. 

Receive an overall introduction to the art of Tibetan thangka painting (traditional Buddhist scroll paintings) with a visit to the Rubin museum. Engage in a focused meditation, and a hear a brief lecture on the traditions and symbolism related to Tibetan art.

Carmen Mensink, an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, will guide you to draw your own portrait of the Buddha.

The workshop is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no previous drawing experience.

For a materials list please contact sdevegh@pratt.edu.

Ms. Mensink  is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and teaches this rare art form, as well as Buddhist meditation and Eastern philosophy, at museums, universities, and Buddhist Centers around the world: www.tibetanbuddhistart.com

THURSDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 23 | 6:30-9:30 PM |
ONE SESSION | .3 CEUS| $85
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

CREATING A TIBETAN AMULET

Learn to make your own Protection Amulet according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Tibetan amulet

Guided by expert Carmen Mensink discover the historical meanings ascribed to Tibetan amulets.

The amulets are traditionally made of paper, printed with a special woodblock print of mantras and prayers of different Buddhas.
The papers are filled with medicinal herbs and precious substances (such as gold), and folded in a special way and bound in different ways with colored thread.

Each amulet has a specific meaning and power and one chooses the kind of amulet that offers what is needed at that moment.

You can choose to make either one of the following amulets:

  • Amulet for Protection, Healing and Long Life – Connected to Medicine Buddha and Ushnisha Vijaya
  • Amulet for Protection, Compassion and Abundance Connected to Chenrezig and Vasudhara

FRIDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 24 | 1-5 PM
ONE SESSION | .3 CEUS| $115
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

White Tara

WHITE TARA, THE FEMALE BUDDHA OF LONGEVITY

White Tara (Tib. Drolkar) is one of the leading ‘Long Life Buddhas’ in Tibetan Buddhism. Among Tibetan Buddhists it is believed that the seven eyes (face, palms and soles) of White Tara enable her to clearly see all beings in the realms of existence, and help them with her wisdom and compassion.

It is said that White Tara’s meditation practice (that you will also do this weekend) can help to overcome obstacles (such as life-threatening illnesses) as well as help to extend your life. The practice can also be done on behalf of someone else.

Another beautiful ritual is to offer a White Tara thangka image to the family of a newborn baby for wishes of a long life ahead for the child.

Drawing these enlightened images is a meditation in itself and creates joy.
Through a combination of drawing, presentations, lectures and meditations you will discover  the background and symbolism of White Tara, and experience the meditational way of drawing thangka. You will also learn the meaning of White Tara’s mantra and learn how to work with it. This will give your drawing so much more depth.

If you are a Buddhist practitioner, drawing the Buddha image significantly improves visualization in your meditations.

SATURDAY + SUNDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 25 + 26 | 11AM-6PM
TWO SESSIONS | .6 CEUS | $333
INCLUDES ADMISSION TO RUBIN MUSEUM, SATURDAY MORNING
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

FREE RELATED PUBLIC LECTURE
DISCOVERING WHITE TARA
FRIDAY| MAY 24
ROOM 213 | PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER
6:30-8 PM
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