The true beauty of Buddhist art forms has always been its inclusivity and ability to transform anyone be it the artist, patron or onlooker. Here in this beginner’s course, Dr Sarika will focus solely on practising drawings, while hoping it opens the gateway for the participant's inner journey through art. Traditionally, in the practice of Thangka Painting / Chitra Pata, practitioners learn the art of drawing Buddhist Deities (Healing Buddha, Tara, Avalokiteshwara etc), Landscape Elements and much more.
Regular practice of Thangka painting involves intense focus, patience, and mindfulness, which helps in cultivating a sense of gratitude and the virtues of wisdom, kindness, compassion and morality. In a spiritual context, the participant has the opportunity to experience a transcendental journey through art.
The practitioner must practise the art form stretching from 1 to 2 hours, preferably during the day, during weekdays or weekends as per their convenience. This regularity helps the practitioner to transform any state of their mind into a calm and conscious creative flow.
Dr. Sarika Singh is perhaps the first Indian female master in the Buddhist tradition of Thangka Painting. She began her studies in the art of Thangka painting, in 1996, at the prestigious Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala, Northern India under the tutelage of her master, Tempa Choephel. She completed her Master’s degree in ‘Buddhist and Tibetan Studies’ from Punjab University, and ‘PhD’ from Central University of Himachal Pradesh. Through her intense research, artistic expressions and selfless dedication, she along with her husband Master Locho, created a space- The Centre for Living Buddhist Art, that includes the Himalayan Art Museum and the Thangde Gatsal Thangka Painting School. Himalayan Art Museum exhibits 45 contemporary Buddhist Scroll Paintings created by Master Locho and Dr Sarika Singh, over a span of 25 years. The paintings are based on the 2300 years tradition, carried forward by the Indian and Tibetan masters. Dr Sarika also created Thangde Gatsal Thangka Painting School, to preserve the tradition of Thangka Painting, which lives through the Guru-Shishya Parampara (Master- Student Relationship).
The Yantra Maharnava is a compendium of various yantras, including mandalas, and provides detailed descriptions, instructions, and practices related to their creation and use.
The Yantra Maharnava mentions about working with mandalas and it is believed to have positive impacts on wellbeing. It includes promoting focus and concentration, reducing stress, fostering self-expression and creativity, balancing emotions, and facilitating spiritual connection
"Mandala drawing has several positive effects on individuals. It reduces negative emotions, and also helps to elevate one's spiritual level."
Research Paper: Cooperative and Individual Mandala Drawing Have Different Effects on Mindfulness, Spirituality, and Subjective wellbeing
Author(s): Chao Liu,, Hao Chen, Chia-Yi Liu, Rung-Tai Lin and Wen-Ko Chiou
Research Paper: Image and Imagery - Making of Buddha
"Author: Dr. Sarika Singh "
Research Paper: Painting Thangkas - Depicting Morality
Author: Dr. Sarika Singh
30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Dr. Sarika.
The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.
Overview of Thangka Painting
Understand the learning methodology and about meditative art experience
Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts,if any, about the course
8.5 by 11 inches Letter size paper
Mechanical Pencil 0.3 and 0.5mm
Eraser, Ruler, Divider or Compass
The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.
The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.
Indian female Thangka painter and a Buddhist scholar
Dr. Sarika will soon be taking sessions on Leela Life
Next step, we will send you the zoom link one day before the event.
We have reserved your time slot with Dr. Sarika.
Thank you for your payment. Kindly complete the wellbeing assessment to help personalize your session with the specialist. Please provide detailed responses as they are crucial for a tailored experience. Insufficient information may result in session decline. Your responses are confidential and shared only with your chosen specialist. Estimated time to complete: 5-10 minutes.