June 22, 2024 10:00am

Guan Yin The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion: A Drawing Workshop with Carmen Mensink

Guan Yin The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion: A Drawing Workshop with Carmen Mensink

Carmen Mensink



Saturday,  June 22 10AM-6PM (with 1hr lunch break)
 Sunday,  June 23 10AM-3PM (with 1hr lunch break)
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During this weekend workshop in Manhattan -with renowned thangka painter Carmen Mensink from The Netherlands- you will learn to draw (and perhaps later paint) this beautiful Buddha according to the tradition of thangka (Tibetan scroll paintings).

Guan Yin (also written as Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin, Kannon or Kwannon) occurs in the various Buddhist traditions of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. She is a form of Avalokitesvara (Tib. Chenrezig) the male bodhisattva of compassion.

The name Guan Yin is the shortened name of Guan Shi Yin, which means ‚ÄėObserving the Sounds of the World‚Äô, signifying her compassionate ability to listen to the pleas of anyone who needs her help.
Because she is the symbol of compassion, not only to human beings but also towards animals, Guan Yin is also Tibet House US- Guan Yin The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion: A Drawing Workshop with Carmen Mensinkassociated with vegetarianism in East Asia.

The story of how Guan Yin transformed from a male into a female form over the centuries is a very interesting one, and of course you will learn all about this this weekend, while we’ll be drawing the female form of Guan Yin.
You will also learn about Guan Yin’s mantra and how to work with it.

For the drawing part you can choose between two different forms of Guan Yin -standing and sitting, see images. Of course you are also welcome to just focus on drawing her face.

Please Note: The Sponsor rate covers the cost of the program and supports fellow practitioners, monastic members, and those in financial need; tax-deductible portion is the difference between the regular rate and this rate.

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Saturday + Sunday $180 Basic, Saturday + Sunday $230 Sponsorship, Saturday + Sunday $300 Benefactor


Carmen Mensink¬†is an internationally renowned painter of¬†thangkas, the traditional Tibetan scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas. She is the founder of the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. Carmen has been teaching Tibetan Art, Meditation and Philosophy for two decades and offers classes and lectures at museums, universities and buddhist centers around the world; including the Rubin Museum of Art, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and Omega Institute. She has been featured in dozens of publications. Through the dedication and joy she expresses in her thangka classes (onsite, online, and private) and that are passed onto her students, Carmen has guided and inspired thousands of people along the buddhist art and¬†dharma¬†path. Carmen is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is also being asked to work on related forms of Tibetan art, including the large floor paintings of the ‘Eight Auspicious Symbols’ she created to welcome the Dalai Lama in her home country for the past three times. To learn more go to¬†www.tibetanbuddhistart.comand¬†www.schoolfortibetanbuddhistart.com

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