The Rubin Museum: “Where the Deities Live” — and you can learn to paint them

A White Tara by Carmen Mensink

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City will be hosting a Tibetan thangka painting workshop from October 19–21. The workshop is just one of many great events the Rubin Museum, which focuses on Himalayan art, has hosted since it opened in 2004. See “Where the Deities Live,” our profile of this treasure of a museum, to learn more about it.

The workshop’s participants will learn how to draw the White Tara according to the traditional Tibetan thangka-making process. In Buddhist philosophy, making a picture of White Tara or practicing her meditation can prolong your life or help you overcome illness. The course will lead students through gallery observations, the historical, cultural and religious context of thangkas, and the process of making studio art using grid measurements. It costs $175 ($150 for museum members.) For more information and to register, click here.

Sound interesting? Then you might also want to see our November magazine, which will hit newsstands next week and features “The Great Perfection of Creativity,” a teaching from Geshe Tenzin Wangyal about unleashing creative energy we can use anywhere from the office to the art studio — as well as a teaching on Tara from Lama Palden Drolma.

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