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Coloring Sacred Buddhist Art as a Meditation

Saturday, Nov.7, 2020 – 10 am to 12 pm, onlive via zoom


This workshop will interweave the joy of coloring a sacred Tibetan Buddhist image 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 the awakened being who is portrayed.

Thangka painting began in the 7th century when traveling monks used them to help meditators visualize the Buddha, bodhisattvas and other awakened beings in stories and practices. These paintings and drawings followed strict rules of design, prescribed proportions and had specific components that took years to master in drawing. Today we are blessed with coloring books of precise line drawings that allow us to enjoy coloring them without having to draw them!

Participants in the workshop will receive a line drawing of Green Tara to color in coordination with the 21 Praises of Tara practice being led by Lama Döndrup during the Sukhasiddhi Sunday series. Leslie will lead you through tips for coloring techniques and suggested colors for some components.

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 tied to a centuries’ old tradition.

Seasoned practitioners as well as those new to Tibetan Buddhism are welcome. Participants will need to have their own colored pens, pencils or water colors. At the close of the workshop, participants can decide if they wish to continue coloring together online as they finish their drawings.

Donation requested: $15 to $30 sliding scale





Leslie Shelton is an educator, artist and long-time meditation practitioner who has been a member of the Sukhasiddhi Foundation sangha since 2010.  In the year 2000 she had the opportunity to study thangka painting for two years with Kumar Lama, a talented Nepali painter brought to the Vajrayana Foundation in Watsonville by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1996 to paint a large Padmasambhava thangka and lineage tree.  Kumar Lama, who was born in a remote village near the border of Tibet, began studying thangka painting at age 9 with the revered Palden Lama. He became a highly skilled painter, traveling throughout many European countries to exhibit his thangkas for a period of 30 years before coming to the U.S.  He now lives in the Watsonville, CA area.


November 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online via Zoom