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Spirituality and Art: A Two-Week Special, with Vaishali Iyer and Charu Ramesh

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Week 1: Discovering the Sacred in Art, with Vaishali Iyer

An exploration of the meaning and purpose of dharma art: how can creative activities like painting, sculpture, dance and performance take us deeper into our true nature? Who do we become as we engage in artistic practice and how can this experience transform our world?

This talk draws on Vaishali’s research for her dissertation on Tibetan artistic and spiritual culture, as well as Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s course on dharma art and his book True Perception.


51b Temple Street, 2nd Floor, Chinatown

Monday 18th January 2016, 7pm to 8.30pm

Cost: by donation


Week 2: Zen and the Appreciation of Art, with Charu Ramesh

Based on the writings of Roshi John Daido Loori, this session will explore what it means to engage with an object from an inner centre of stillness. It will also include an interactive exercise on looking at an art piece.

“The arts of Zen are not intended for utilitarian purposes, or for purely aesthetic enjoyment, but are meant to train the mind, indeed, to bring it into contact with ultimate reality.” – D.T. Suzuki

51b Temple Street, 2nd Floor, Chinatown

Monday 25th January 2016, 7pm to 8.30pm

Cost: by donation

12-13 Jan 2016: Thangka Workshop with Carmen Mensink

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In these 2 evening classes you will learn how to draw mudras – the special and graceful hand gestures of the enlightened beings – according to the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka tradition. You will learn about the many different mudras, including the mudras of the 5 Buddha Families  and of Green Tara and White Tara.

12 & 13 January 2016, 7.30pm to 10pm

9 Penang Road #11-13 Park Mall S(238459)
(Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit B)

$110 – non member; $99 ASC member for both evenings
(One evening $60 – non member; $54 ASC member)

To register, please contact Jennifer at (+65) 8119-2774 or jen_ril@hotmail.com

01. Carmen Painting

About Carmen

Carmen Mensink is an internationally renowned painter of Tibetan Buddhist Art, ‘Thangkas’, which are scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas.

Carmen is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Thangka Painting Workshop: 28th & 29th January 2015

‘When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.’ 

01. Carmen Painting

These evening workshops provide an introduction to Tibetan thangka art (traditional scroll paintings). They are suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever!

The workshops come with a short meditation, explanation of the tradition, explanation of the grids, and a lot of individual guidance.
If you are a Buddhist Practitioner, drawing a Buddha is such a great help for your visualization-meditation. Once you have done this, you will notice your visualization goes much better.

Beginners will learn how to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan tradition (1st evening drawing, 2nd evening coloring).
Advanced students (who have drawn the Face of the Buddha previously in Carmen’s classes) can learn how to draw the Female Buddha Face (such as the face of Green Tara or White Tara) or the Lotus Flower.

The workshops will be led by Carmen Mensink, a thangka artist from the Netherlands with over 10 years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner and artist.

In her words: “Painting these enlightened images is like meditation, and for me this is the ideal combination of practising art and Buddhism at the same time. With my teachings on this art, which I do with a lot of joy and dedication, I hope to inspire people this way, and besides this I would like to make a small contribution to pass on this beautiful tradition in the right way.” 

For more information about Carmen, and to check out her website, please click here.

Schedule: Wed Jan 28th + Thu 29th, 7.30-10pm

Venue: 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #02-45, Singapore

ASC Members pay : S$ 60 for 2 evenings
Non-Members pay : S$66 for 2 evenings

Materials: Paper will be provided for free. A set of drawing materials can be bought in class for S$ 25 (long 50cm ruler, triangular geo ruler, mechanical pencil, eraser and eraser pencil). You can also choose to bring them yourself, or borrow them during class (for free). If you want to color or paint (on the second evening) please bring extra materials of your own.

To register: Email jen_ril@hotmail.com or call Jennifer at (+65) 8119-2774.