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July 2016:
Tibetan Art classes in the East Coast

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Buddhist meditationthangka class overviewrecharging your batteries when you draw the Buddha Shakyamuni
Arura plantdrawing and painting medicine buddhacoloring the plants in buddhist art with colored pencils

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

July 10/15, 2016 / Omega Retreat Week

Healing Plants

in Tibetan Medicine

Carmen Mensink will again offer a Tibetan Art Painting course at the annual Omega Retreat Week,
at the beautiful and renownedOmega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, about 2 hrs from NYC.

In this course you will learn how to draw these beautiful, ancient images according to the Tibetan
Buddhist Thangka tradition, and color or paint them with the special thangka painting techniques.

According to Buddhist belief, the Buddha once transformed himself into the blue Medicine Buddha.
As this Buddha of Healing he laid the foundation for Tibetan Medicine, that appeared a thousand
years ago in the form of the Four Medical Tantras (of physiology, pathology, diagnosis and healing).

These texts formed the basis for the famous medical encyclopedia called the Blue Beryl,
that became especially famous because in 1687 a large number of special thangkas
(Tibetan scroll paintings) were added. The images show how the body works, but also all
kinds of diseases as well as the right plants and minerals that can cure these diseases.

This week you will learn about different medicinal plants as we dive deeper into Tibetan Medicine
-known for its effectiveness in treating both mental and physical illnesses.

You can draw and paint the plants that help cure diseases that you suffer from or that run in
your family, making it a very personal painting. Balance in body and mind is the ultimate goal.

Thangka drawing & painting is a meditation in itself, and creates inner peace and joy.

OPTIONAL: Instead of the Healing Plants you can also choose to draw the Face of the Buddha
and the complete Buddha after that. If you prefer this please send an email
to Carmen so she can prepare this for you.

The retreat is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience.
Students who have already drawn a Buddha in a previous thangka course with Carmen,
are also very welcome to start coloring or painting their Buddha in this week.

All set in the wonderful green premises of the Omega Institute, this thangka retreat will definitely
recharge your batteries!

A disappearing art form, thangka drawing is a meditation in itself, so we are immersed in a
combination of learning about and practicing art and Buddhism at the same time.
Through slide presentations of ancient thangkas, we also learn about the symbolism in Tibetan art
and Buddhist philosophy.

A list of things to bring will be sent upon registration:

Go to the Omega Institute website for more info

Pictures of previous Thangka Art weeks at Omega Institute can be found here

Rubin Museum Party

Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

Sunday July 17, 2016

Block Party

Annual Street Party organized by the Rubin Museum of Art on this Sunday afternoon in July,
from 12.00-4pm.
There are workshop demonstrations (Carmen demonstrates and explains about The Art of Thangka Painting),
different shows, good food and a great atmosphere.
Everyone's welcome and you can visit the museum for free!

If you want to recieve information on upcoming Tibetan Art Events in NYC, please fill in this form
Pictures of Carmen Mensink's classes at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC can be found here

workshop amulets creatingwinding the thread around a Tibetan paper amulettibetan gau box

Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

Wed July 20, 2016 / evening class 6-9pm

Tibetan Amulet making class

The artist Carmen Mensink returns to the Rubin Museum to lead an amulet-making workshop
inspired by the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.
Learn about the wonder and beauty of Nepal's seasonal rituals and how their themes,
such as abundance and compassion, have relevance in our lives.
Each participant will make one amulet focusing either on Vasudhara, the Buddhist goddess
of Wealth and Abundance, honored before planting, or Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, invoked to encourage monsoon rains that nourish the earth and open the heart.
All meterials are included.

Go to the Rubin Museum of Art website for more info

Pictures of Carmen Mensink's classes at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC can be found here

paint mudras according to the appropriate thangka proportionsa dharma wheel adorns the hands of this Buddha on an old thangkahandmudra van Groene Tara geschilderd door Carmen Mensink

Tibet House, NYC / organized by the Shantideva Meditation Center

July 22/24, 2016 / Thangka Weekend Course


The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion

(Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara)

In this Tibetan Buddhist Art Weekend workshop you will learn how to draw the Buddha of Compassion
according to the Tibetan Thangka tradition.

Avalokiteshvara ('One who hears the cries of the world') is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Protector of Tibet.
He is the Buddha of the famous mantra Om MANI PADME HUM, and the Dalai Lama is considered to be
the earthly incarnation of Avalokiteshvara.

Long ago Avalokiteshvara vowed not to return to Nirvana until all living beings had been liberated from suffering.
In this 4-armed form, sitting in the full lotus posture, He represents the Four Immeasurable Qualities of a Bodhisattva:
love, compassion, joy and equanimity.

Avalokiteshvara reminds us that awakening is not an escape or retreat from personal problems, but rather
reaching outward and embracing the entire world with the love and compassion of our heart.

The workshop comes with a short meditation, lecture and a lot of individual guidance.
Through the slideshow/talk on the subject you will learn everything about the background and meanings
this Buddha and his mantra in the Tibetan tradition.

The course is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever. Beginners can also choose to draw the Buddha Face and the Face of Chenrezig this weekend instead of the complete Buddha; this will be easier.

Materials to Bring:
Two sheets of thick drawing paper (minimum size 18x24" but preferably bigger), HB pencil (or a refillable lead pencil),
a long ruler (preferably 18-inch and with both inches and cm) and an eraser.
Schedule: Fri evening: 7-9pm Introduction, slideshow & talk on the subject / Sat: 10.00am - 6pm / Sun: 10.00am - 5pm (lunch time 1-2pm)
Where: Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street New York, NY 10011
Workshop fee: $ 180
Tibet House and Nalanda Institute Members: $ (will be added soon)

Please contact Shantideva Meditation Center via: info@shantidevameditation.org

Pictures of last year's Thangka classes at the Tibet House in NYC can be found here

Preparing the thangka canvas.Heidi Virshup enjoying private thanka classes in our thangka studio in AmsterdamBudha statue painting according to tradition

Private thangka teachings

During her stay in NYC in July 2016 Carmen has some space in her schedule
to offer private teachings. See also: Individual Thangka Classes
For more information and bookings, please contact Carmen via: orders@carmenmensink.com

Preparing the thangka canvas.Heidi Virshup enjoying private thanka classes in our thangka studio in AmsterdamBudha statue painting according to tradition

Buddha Statue painting

During her stay in NYC in July 2016 Carmen has some space in her schedule to
paint your Buddha statue according to the Tibetan tradition
For more information and bookings, please contact Carmen via: orders@carmenmensink.com


"Carmen's professionalism and visual arts acumen make her the consummate educator that she is. It was a joy and honor to become her student. As a result of what she taught me, I am inspired to practice, apply and hone the lessons our classes learned. It was instructive to become more aware of Eastern Art History and its rich legacy of beauty and
spiritual content.

I'm so pleased to have been blessed with the artistic and personal opportunity to have studied with the gifted and gracious artist Carmen Mensink. I will encourage all of my colleagues and students to take her courses. I look forward to enrolling in additional courses when she returns to instruct in the New York Metropolitan area!

Many thank yous for this enriching art making experience. I received positive feedback, superb instruction and ongoing encouragement in order to acquire hands-on knowledge about these ancient aestethics, materials and skills."

Amy Sue McPartlan, New York, USA
Participant at thangka courses at the Rubin Museum of Art and at the Omega Institute

"Carmen Mensink is very knowledgable as if it were second nature to her. She explained the history behind thangka painting, took us in the gallery
of the museum and explained the intricacy of the exhibits.

Carmen taught us that this class was not just about art, it is a combination of different aspects of Buddhism, respect for the lineage, awareness of living beings around you, and including meditation and mantras.
I believe this is the absolute correct way to teach a class such as this."

Testimonial on an (anonymous) survey the Rubin Museum sent after class
Participant at a Thangka Painting course over 2 consecutive weekends at the
Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, USA

"Having been stuck in my own art practice for a number of years,
Carmen's class helped me not only break through that stuckness,
but also integrate new, old & unfolding learnings.
It is a beautiful amalgamation of mindfulness, art, meditation.

We learned, applied & had opportunity to try new techniques & ask plenty of questions. I look forward to taking class again with Carmen next year. Maybe we can paint a Tara next time!

Much gratitude to Carmen & to Omega.
This was the perfect venue for this practice & learning!"

Lisa Evert, Ohio, USA
Participant at the Retreat Week at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Introduction to Buddhist artCarmen's students drawing their first Budhaan evening on lotusses and how to draw them

Sangye Menla, the blue BudhaLearn more on traditiobal thangka painting wit Carmen at the Rubin Museum of ArtLearn how to draw tibetan healing plants with Carmen Mensink

draw buddhist offerings in thangka classofferings of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touchingthangka painting colorings

Some of the places where Carmen teaches or has been teaching:

Thangka students at the Rubin Museum of Art working on their Buddhist DrawingGreen Tara DrawingAntique thangka at the Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art, New York City

Buddha Face drawingTeen Thangka group at Rubin Museum of ArtThangka workshops for teens at Rubin Museum of Art

Teen Thangka Workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City

Columbia UniversityThangka art class at Columbia UniversityStudents working on Buddha faces at the Art department of Columbia University

Columbia University, New York City

The Buddha eye is beautifulspecial thangka workshop space in New Yorkexplanation of thangka materials and techniques

Shantideva Meditation Center, New York City

Showing the drawings at the Chenrezig Buddhist Center in PhiladelphiaTibetan mandala painting workshops in the USAgreen Tara tangka workshops in Philadelphia

Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center, Philadelphia

tibetan art class in Pittsburghbuddhist art class room in PittsburghWhite Tara thangka drawing of one of Carmen Mensink's students

Three Rivers Dharma Center, Pittsburgh

great food at the Milarepa CenterThe Milarepa CenterThangka class at Milarepa Center

Milarepa Center, Vermont

drawing of a buddhastudents thangka painting at the Guhyasamaya centerWhite Tara drawing by a thangka student of Carmen Mensink

Guhyasamaya Center, Reston (near Washington DC)