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...
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...
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.
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.
Most of the male and female Tibetan singers communicate through melody happiness and sorrow, concentrating on distinct important points of their culture:
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 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 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|
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.
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.
Given the nature of the dances only groups of at least 6 people can register for a Tibetan Modern Dance workshop.