June 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone


Sacred Images Coloring: A Method to Focus, Relax and Deepen Meditation

Our apologies for any inconvenience; this event is being rescheduled. Please email if you would like to be informed of its next date.

This daylong creative workshop will interweave the joy of actively coloring sacred Tibetan Buddhist images with an overview of the history and practice of thangka painting. Thangka paintings have been created and used for centuries as teaching tools and meditation aids. They help develop clear visualizations of a particular image, strengthen concentration, and deepen a connection between the meditator and awakened being who is portrayed.

Participants in the workshop will receive a booklet of 10 to 12 black and white drawings of selected buddhas, awakened beings, and protectors.  A variety of paints and colored markers will be provided. Participants will be able to select one or two images from the book to color during the day.

In addition, more than 50 authentic black and white block prints of a variety of images of buddhas, deities, protectors, teachers and sacred items printed on hand made paper will be available for purchase to use in the class or take home.  The block prints vary in size from 9 x 12 inches to 16 x 24 inches and are suitable for mounting and framing.  Cost will vary depending on size and complexity of the drawing.

Whether you wish to enhance your visualization skills or simply enjoy the practice of coloring to relax the mind, this workshop offers a fun, creative spiritual practice.  It is an excellent opportunity to enhance focusing and relaxing the mind while deepening meditation without effort.  When one is absorbed in in the creative process, nonduality and timelessness can emerge.

Seasoned practitioners as well as those new to Tibetan Buddhism are welcome.

The class fee of $55-$85 includes art materials and coloring book. Participants are also welcome to bring their own colored pens or markers. Join us for a relaxing and fun day coloring sacred Tibetan Buddhist images while also learning about the ancient sacred art of thangka painting.  Please note; this is not a thangka painting instruction class, but a discussion of how to choose and color the images will be included.

Cost: Sliding Scale $55 – $85, includes art materials and coloring book

Registration:  Being Rescheduled

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About Leslie Shelton

Leslie Shelton is an educator, artist and long-time meditation practitioner who has been a member of the Sukhasiddhi Foundation sangha since 2010.  While pursuing a doctorate in Transformative Learning, she had the opportunity to study thangka painting in 2000-02 with Kumar Lama, a talented Nepali painter brought to the Vajrayana Foundation in Watsonville by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1996 to paint a large lineage tree.  Kumar Lama, born in remote Northern Nepal, began studying thangka painting at age 9 with the revered Palden Lama, and became a highly skilled painter, traveling throughout many European countries to exhibit his paintings over a period of 30 years before coming to the U.S. Leslie looks forward to sharing her love for and knowledge of this ancient art in this creative workshop.

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