Drawing the Offerings of the Five Senses: Tibetan Buddhist Art Workshop, with Carmen Mensink

Northeast USA  

July 19, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

sense objectsNew York City

In this joyful workshop led by artist and teacher Carmen Mensink, we will learn how to draw the most famous set of offerings in Tibetan Buddhist thangka art: the offerings of the five senses.

Thangkas are scroll paintings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that illuminate the teachings of enlightened beings and serve as an aid to spiritual development.  They overflow with symbolism and contain figures created in harmony with the guidelines of Buddhist scriptures.

The Offerings of the Five Senses are the “entrance” of a thangka, as these offerings are depicted in front of the Buddha: a mirror (to see); a musical instrument (to hear); incense or perfume (to smell); some fruit (to taste); and a silken scarf (to touch).

It is through our senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching that we experience our world.  In Buddhist practice, we can mentally or physically offer all the delights of our sense world, in order to enjoy these objects with a more peaceful mind and create the causes to experience great bliss, which is the subjective reality of the Buddhas.  Learning to draw beautiful sense objects in the context of thangka art is a wonderful opportunity for us to generate merit (positive potential). This workshop can also be very helpful afterward when we offer the sense objects mentally, or draw them again as our artistic skills and inspirations flourish.  In this class you will learn everything about the background and meaning of these offerings in the Tibetan tradition.

The workshop includes a short meditation, lecture, and plenty of individual guidance. It is suitable for everyone, ranging from beginners with no drawing experience to more seasoned artists who wish to learn a new art form or new ways to connect with positive energy.

Date and Time:
Saturday, July 19, from 10am to 5pm

Tibet House
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

Workshop Fee:
Workshop: $75
Tibet House and Nalanda Institute Members: $67.50

Registration: To register, please click here.

About the Teacher:

Carmen Mensink was born in the Netherlands in 1972 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. 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 thangka classes in the United States. For more information on thangka painting and Carmen’s teachings, please visit her website at www.tibetanthangkapainting.com.

Presented by Shantideva Meditation Center

Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to developing the good heart by cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City area community.

We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by its founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. For more information, please e-mail Shantideva Meditation or visit our website. To learn more about the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, go to FPMT.