Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on Buddhist art, painting statues, colouring in, drawing using traditional Tibetan methods, sharing tips, and enjoying the company of fellow travellers on the path.
You don’t need any artistic skill to enjoy this workshop! Painting the statues to your own individual taste is an immensely enjoyable activity, a nice way to socialise with other LTC students, and a great way to unwind! (and it’s the perfect activity for introverts!). Once completed, you can take your statue home, or leave it to become part of the display wall in our library!
‘Offering paint’ to the small flat-backed statues called tsa-tsas is a way to calm the mind, develop concentration, and draw forth the enlightened qualities of the buddhas. We dedicate the tsa-tsa to five things: the holy gurus, one’s parents, the sick and vulnerable, those who have recently died, and one’s own spiritual progress. All tsa-tsa statues are supplied and you are welcome to take yours home. The paints and brushes are also supplied, along with some handy hints and examples for inspiration!
Remember to bring:
– Your own water bottle!
– A facemask (we have some available if you cannot source one yourself)
– If you are drawing, H or HB pencil, eraser, ruler, large art paper (not photocopy paper).
You also invited to bring along your current Dharma art project, and work along in like-minded company. There will be an opportunity to learn how to draw the Eight Auspicious Symbols, the perfectly resonant dimensions of the face of the Buddha, their symbolic meaning, and the profound blessing they can bring to your life.
Helene Holland is an accomplished artisan and the ‘resident’ artist at Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre. Her work can be seen in many places around the centre. She painted the exquisite Street Library you can see in our front garden. Helene has devoted many hours to decorating tsa-tsas in our library, restoring and painting the Eight Auspicious Symbols, and bringing our snow lions to life. She has been hosting these Buddhist art get-togethers at LTC for several years.