The Eight Auspicious Symbols: Lotus Flower and Parasol — Thangka Workshop with Carmen Mensink

Northeast USA  

October 24, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

In the Tibetan tradition, a highly respected spiritual master (like H.H. Dalai Lama) is welcomed by a painting of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in front of a Buddhist temple. One may also find these symbols depicted on walls or as decoration on fabrics and furniture. They bring good luck, prosperity, health, and harmony.

In this evening workshop, we will focus on two of these symbols: the Lotus Flower and the Parasol. After a short presentation on the origin and meaning of these symbols, you can choose to draw either the Lotus or the Parasol, according to traditional thangka patterns. No drawing experience is needed. At the end of the evening, you will receive the remaining grid measurement to work with at home.

Thursday, October 24, 6-9pm
Space in Member’s Building – Address provided upon registration
42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Ave., NYC 10036

Materials to Bring:
Ruler, HB pencils (preferably a mechanical pencil), and an eraser. Colored pencils are optional.

Suggested Donation:
$35. Advanced registration required; you may pay online or at the door.

To register, please click here.

About the Teacher:

Carmen Mensink was born in the Netherlands (1972, Zwolle) 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. Since then she has worked for many years in design and advertising.

After becoming a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Carmen met her thangka teacher, the famous Andy Weber, in 1999,  got hooked by the ancient tradition and craft of Tibetan thangka painting, and began her long study with him. Years later, Andy asked her to start teaching.

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 in the United States.