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Traditional Tibetan Calligraphy workshops

 

Workshops on the traditional art of Tibetan calligraphy 

 

Uchen Tibetan Calligraphy

Friday  21st - Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd November 2014  - Venice

Suitable for complete beginners in Tibetan calligraphy and also for those wishing to polish and develop their skills. During the course, Tashi Mannox will explain the proportionate construction of the Tibetan Uchen script which is essential as a foundation to create competent letter form for beautiful calligraphy. For those that already know the alphabet, there will be a chance to refine skills and develop your repertoire. Info...

 

 

Umed Tibetan Calligraphy

Friday  28th - Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th November 2014  - Merigar (GR)

In this weekend the artist will teach Umè calligraphy. Umè is a cursive form of the Tibetan alphabet. The name means "headless," and is a style of the script used for both calligraphy and shorthand. A distinctive feature of umê compared to Uchen is the absence of the horizontal guide line across the top of the letters. Between syllables, the tseg mark often appears as a vertical stroke. Info...

 

 

The Teacher

Tashi Mannox was born in England in the year of the Water Tiger. For the past 30 years he has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.
Shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order. For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration which coincided with the timely building of the Temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland. During this period Tashi studied under many Tibetan Lamas, including the artistic guidance from H.E Situ Rinpoche and inspiration from the calligraphy works of Chogyam Trungpa. However the foundation of Tashi’s training is set by the high standards and clarity of his spiritual father Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Part of Tashi’s monastic training was in 1988 to enter a closed four year Buddhist retreat, which also gave a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in the highly disciplined, and multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.
In 2000 Tashi Travelled to India, where in Dharamsala he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit: Lama Pema Lodrup. These artistic forms of Sanskrit called Lanza and Wartu, are preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today. Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative awareness to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, spiritual themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist calligraphy and iconography.

 

Workshop in Venice

Course Schedule

Friday 21st November 20:00 - 21:30 Introduction to the course -  Free entrance!
Saturday 22nd November 10:00 - 18:00 (with lunch break)
Sunday 23rd November 10:00 - 17:00 (with lunch break)

Rates

€150 for the entire course including coffee / tea breaks with biscuits, snacks, drinks and fruit
At the location you will be able to book an excellent vegetarian lunch for only €15.
€250 if attending both workshops, in Venice (Uchen) and Merigar (Umed).
 
 

Location

143 S.Croce, Fondamenta Minotto, Rio del Gaffaro (very near to Fondamenta dei Tolentini) within walking distance from Piazzale Roma (bus terminus) and from S.Lucia Venice train station.  
 

 

Info and registration

Accomodation  

Besides recommended Hotels and B&B in Venice, there will be the possibility of sleeping, booking in the meditation room at the meditation centre Kagiusamyedzong in Venice located in Fondamenta dei Tolentini. The room can take maximum 6 people: sleeping bags are required and a minimum offer of €15 / night is recommended. See: http://www.kagyu.it/
 

Workshop in Tuscany

Course Schedule

Friday 28th November 20:00 - 21:30 Introduction to the course -  Free entrance!
Saturday 29th November 10:00 - 18:00 (with lunch break)
Sunday 30th November 10:00 - 17:00 (with lunch break)

Rates

€150 for the entire course.  €250 if attending both workshops, in Venice (Uchen) and Merigar (Umed).
 
 
 Location
Localita' Merigar, 58031 Arcidosso, Grosseto - Italy 
“Merigar” literally means “fire-mountain residence” and symbolically means, “dwelling of energy”, and is a location immersed in nature and surrounded by beech and chestnut woods. Situated on the edge of the town of Arcidosso, in the province of Grossetto, it stands where the foothils of Monte Amiata meet those of Monte Labbro and its nature reserve.
 

 

 

Info and registration

 

Accomodation  

Merigar offers plenty of accomodation types to its visitors. You can choose from a list of budget to upper scale solutions visiting the website.
 

Traditional Thangka Painting workshops

 

Manjushri - the Embodiment of Ultimate Wisdom

A Workshop on Traditional Tibetan Art with Carmen Mensink

10th -12th October - Venice

 

Throughout the weekend, you will learn how to draw Manjushri (Jampel -Yang in Tibetan language) according to Thangkas, the traditional Buddhist paintings on rolled up textile. The drawing sessions will be accompanied by detailed theoretical explanations and meditations on the topic. The practice of drawing and painting Thangkas, in addition to its high artistic value, is in fact itself a form of meditation, helping to develop a peaceful and joyful inner space. This course is suitable for beginners as well as professional artists.  

 

Manjushri embodies the enlightened wisdom of the Buddhas. 
The implements held by Manjushri are therefore an expression of this enlightened wisdom.
In his left hand holds a lotus flower that holds the 'Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom', an important Mahayana text which reveals the methods to develop and achieve the highest wisdom within us. 
In his right hand he holds a flaming sword, which symbolizes the power of his wisdom to cut off all dualistic illusions and appearances. Because of ignorance, fear and attachment, sentient beings  experience continue suffering: the study of Wisdom Sutra and meditating on Manjushri are the most powerful ways to develop wisdom within us and to overcome obstacles and disappointments.

This week-end course is suitable for beginners and proficient, it is not necessary to have previous experience of drawing or painting! The course will be in English and Italian translation will be availble if needed. 
 

The Teacher

Carmen Mensink, Duch, graduated at Kampen Accademy of Arts in 1995 as graphic designer, in 1996 she specialized in typography at the Hague Royal Accademy of Art. She then came in touch with Tibetan Buddhism and in 1999 Andy Weber with whom she did several years of practice. Painting Thangkas is for her the ideal combination between Buddhism practice and Art. Carmen currently lives in Amsterdam and she has been teaching with joy and commitment since 2003 in Europe, America and Asia, for further info please visit her website or view a gallery of Carmen's past and current workshops.

Course Schedule

Friday  10th October 20:00 - 21:30 -9.30 - Introduction to the course -  Free entrance!
Saturday 11th October 10:00 - 18:00 (with lunch break)
Sunday 12th October 10:00 - 17:00 (with lunch break)

Rates

€150 for the entire course including coffee / tea breaks with biscuits, snacks, drinks and fruit
At the location you will be able to book an excellent vegetarian lunch for only €15.
 
 

Location

143 S.Croce, Fondamenta Minotto, Rio del Gaffaro (very near to Fondamenta dei Tolentini) within walking distance from Piazzale Roma (bus terminus) and from S.Lucia Venice train station.  
 

Info and registration

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also call our courses coordinators: Giovanna 0039 3460291778  or Yesan 0039 3200758117

Equipment to bring 

Each pupil should bring 2 50x65 cm paper sheets, a 30-50 cm ruler, HB pencils (if possible Staedler style pencils) and an eraser. 

Accomodation  

Besides recommended Hotels and B&B in Venice, there will be the possibility of sleeping, booking in the meditation room at the meditation centre Kagiusamyedzong in Venice located in Fondamenta dei Tolentini. The room can take maximum 6 people: sleeping bags are required and a minimum offer of €15 / night is recommended. See: http://www.kagyu.it/
 
 
 
 


Tibetan Modern Songs and Dances 

 

The tree and the divine cuckoo bird, these two,

Are interdependent, inseparably linked.

For the cuckoo there would be no place to perch

If there was no green tree,

If there was no green tree.

 

Young Tibetans, grown up in the Tibetan Region and in China and those who have special feelings towards the Tibetans have been able to spread to a large audience many different forms of Tibetan songs and dances.These songs and dances, which are strongly related to the ancient and modern culture of Tibet, are very valuable since they have the important quality of contributing directly and indirectly to the preservation of the different aspects of Tibetan culture in our world.

 

Watch the dances!

 

Most of the male and female Tibetan singers communicate through melody happiness and sorrow, concentrating on distinct important points of their culture:

  • a great love for the country, its people and culture
  • the importance of preserving the major and minor fields of knowledge
  • the preservation of the environment in which Tibetans live
  • the preservation of the knowledge of ancient and contemporary history

 

Courses

The Shang Shung Institute offers a number of courses in Tibetan Modern Dances: the courses are structured to fit the requirements of beginners, intermediate and well trained students. Anyone can partecipate and enjoy a joyful experience learning the songs (glu), the songs made for dances (gzhas) and the dances (bro). 

Modern Dances Workshops

Modern dances workshops are a good opportunity to establish a true contact with Tibetan culture and its value: the symbolic richness conveyed by each movement, the emphasis on space awareness and group choreography, the play of female and male counterparts and the highly joyful sentiments fulfilled with grace and power make learning the dances an experience of growth and comprehension and a great way to foster collaboration and harmony amongst people. The courses are also recommended for their ability to stimulate energy and fitness.

Workshops Programme

Workshops are articulated in 3 levels, for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The level of complexity increases with the richness of coreography and the level of space and group awareness required. The workshops take place everywhere in Europe. For the current schedule of courses or to book a course see below.

 

Dances for Beginners

2 week-ends or 5 days

Dances for Intermediate Students

2 week-ends or 5 days

Dances for Advanced Students 

3 week-ends or 6 days

A la la mo se Gyidbo legmo Arog Khampa 
Nagchu kordro Tendrel Sanpo Ema Lha Gyalo
So y re lo Circle Dance Kham Nagchu kordro Bumo Yar La Lo
Mondun dance Ashang Lo Lo Chorten Karpo
Ajes la Trom Ne Chenpo Lhanzom
Dzespai Milam Kompo - Kongshey Yarkul semkyi drilchung
  Pu yana  Kham Shey Kharba Tong 

*single week-ends may also be booked 

 

Our Instructors

 

Tsering Dolker – Tibetan Modern and Traditional Performing Arts Instructor 

Tsering learnt singing her first Tibetan songs from her grandmother, who was a very famous singer in Tibet.  Married with Top Gyal, they went to India for further training with Mr. Dawa Tashi  in the Tibetan Arts of singing and dancing, in 2010. Since then, she and her husband, under the direction of Venerable Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, have choreographed many Tibetan contemporary dances, and travelled extensively to teach and perform Tibetan traditional and modern contemporary songs and dances. She is working at the Shang Shung Institute as an  instructor of Tibetan Folklore and Modern Contemporary songs and dances. 

 

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Top Gyal Lama – Tibetan Modern and Traditional Performing Arts Instructor 

Top Gyal Lama received Tibetan education alongside western education from the Tibetan Children Village School at Dharamsala. After obtaining a bachelor degree in Commerce, he worked for three years in Higher secondary School in Kathmandu. In  2010, he and his wife, Tsering, went to India for a personal intensive training with Mr. Dawa Tashi on Tibetan  Arts of singing and dancing.

Since then, he and his wife, under the direction of Venerable Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, have choreographed many Tibetan contemporary dances and performed with his wife in various countries, alongside teaching Tibetan Folklore and Modern Contemporary Songs and Dances for the Shang Shung Institute.

 

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Requirements

Given the nature of the dances only groups of at least 6 people can register for a Tibetan Modern Dance workshop. 

Booking our courses

To book our courses, register to an existing scheduled course, request information or to simply speak to us send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Current Schedule of Courses

26th September – Munich - Tibetan dances performance

27th – 28th September – Munich – Tibetan Modern Dances Workshop

18th – 19th October - Merigar West, Arcidosso – Tibetan Modern Dances Workshop

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