Fri 10/06/2022 - Sun 19/06/2022


Vajrapani, Buddha of Infinite Power

In this wonderful 10-day thangka drawing & painting course you will learn to draw and color / paint Vajrapani, the Buddha of Infinite Power, according to the Tibetan-Buddhist thangka tradition, with the traditional coloring and thangka painting techniques.

Vajrapani has an active standing posture instead of the usual sitting meditation posture. In addition, he is deep blue in color, and the skin of a tiger has been wrapped around its waist, symbolizing its fearlessness.

Vajrapani’s hand gestures symbolize overcoming obstacles. He is adorned with jewels, but also with snakes, which he controls by the superior power of his compassion. He’s surrounded by flames of wisdom energy that come from all pores of his powerful body.

The Three Bodhisattvas
Vajrapani, together with Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, form together the “Three Great Bodhisattvas,” which represent the three most important qualities –Compassion, Wisdom, and Power– that you need to develop if you want to make progress on the spiritual path.

Prefer to draw/paint Chenrezig or Manjushri?
As Vajrapani is more suitable for advance students, you may also choose to draw Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, or Vajrapani, the Buddha of Wisdom instead. If you prefer this, after your registration please contact Carmen with your preferred Buddha so she can prepare this for you.

The course is suitable for everyone, from beginners (even without any drawing experience) to advanced. Thangka students may also choose to finish their other artwork during this course (and will of course receive these new grid proportions as well).

Advantages of a long thangka retreat:

  • In this 10-day painting course you can really go in-depth
  • Including all nights and delicious Italian meals, with organic vegetables from own compound, freshly prepared every day with love
  • Meet students from different countries and make new friends
  • The course is set in Kushi Ling, the most beautiful Buddhist Centre of Italy, amidst the mountains and olive trees
  • You can fly cheaply to Verona or Milan
  • You can travel together with Carmen from Verona, Peschiera or Riva del Garda on the first day
  • Great possibility to combine this retreat with vacation in Italy (e.g. to Lake Garda and Verona that are nearby)

You really don’t need any drawing or painting experience.

Carmen offers a lot of individual guidance, at your own level.

An international group of people comes together for this special thangka drawing and painting retreat in Northern Italy, close to beautiful Verona and the Garda LakThis annual course -that gives you the opportunity to really go in-depth- includes starting with a meditation in the morning and lectures & slides about the iconography and symbolism in Tibetan Buddhism. You will also have time to fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this place and their delicious Italian cuisine (vegetarian). The vegetables are produced organically on the compound.
Halfway during the retreat there will be an afternoon off so you can taste the best ice cream in the nearest village of Arco, visit the Garda lake, hike in the mountains or have a great walk to ‘Castello’, the medieval castle on top of the hill overlooking Arco.

English and Italian
The teachings are given in English, and when needed can be translated in Italian by one of the advanced Italian students.

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Course fees:

full course: Offerta libera / half course:
(+ 15 € Euros annual membership fee for non-members)

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If not indicated differently our courses begin on the evening of the first day and end after dinner of the last day.

We ask you to kindly register before the date indicated in the program.

Please send an email or call us to register; your registration will be accepted as soon as we have received the bank transfer of the course fee.

If you have to cancel your registration at a later point in time we will keep 15 € service charge.
If your cancellation arrives only 3 days before the beginning of the course we will have to keep the whole course fee.


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You will receive a confirmation email specifying whether there is a place available for you, how much you have to send and the bank details.


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