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Rejoice in Art

Chitra Pata

For building Gratitude

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About the practice workshop

What practice will I learn

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.

Benefits of this practice

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.

Incorporating in my life

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.

About the specialist

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).

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

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

Modern research & publications

"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

Introductory practice workshop

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Dr. Sarika.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for the intro session

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

Pre-requisites for the intro session

8.5 by 11 inches Letter size paper

Mechanical Pencil 0.3 and 0.5mm

Eraser, Ruler, Divider or Compass

Plan for overall course

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.

Live 1:1 online practice workshops
5 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Course price

Session 1

Overview of Thangka Painting and Choice of Drawing
  • Introduction to Thangka Painting and its history
  • Understanding the significance of chosen subject : Image and Symbolism
  • Understanding Iconography and Grids
  • Guidance and demonstration to draw the Face, Eyes, lips of a Deity / Thangka Clouds and Mountains

Session 2

  • Discuss the importance of compassion and loving-kindness
  • Drawing Mudras & Instructions to draw Grids of Body / Thangka Water and Rocks
  • Guided Meditation

Session 3

Deepening the Drawing Practice
  • Instructions to Draw Deity’s Body / Thangka Trees
  • Styles of Thangka Painting
  • Mantra of the chosen Deity

Session 4

The Power of Spiritual Well Being and Meditation
  • Instructions to Deity’s Robes / Thangka Flowers and Leaves
  • Guided Meditation
  • Understanding chosen Deity’s Mandala

Session 5

Reflecting on the Journey
  • Pencil Coloring Instructions / Thangka Landscape Composition
  • What makes a Buddha
  • Participant to share their course experiences and the impact on their wellbeing as Poem/ Art/ Writing or any form of Self- Expression.
  • Discuss the ongoing practice of gratitude and compassion in daily life
  • Guided meditation session to end the session with gratitude and kindness

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to know painting for this session?
  • No, prior painting knowledge is not required. This practice involves creating intricate symbols on canvas. You'll start with Thangka painting basics, guided to work slowly and mindfully. It helps develop appreciation for the present moment and cultivates gratitude. Anybody can participate, regardless of experience.
  • Is this course for me?
  • This course is designed for anyone seeking to cultivate gratitude in their life through art. It will not only teach you to draw various symbols on canvas but also guide you in practicing intricate techniques, working mindfully, and embracing the meditative journey.
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Dr. Sarika

Indian female Thangka painter and a Buddhist scholar

Course price
5 sessions • Weekly
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