Fri 28/06/2019 - Sun 07/07/2019


Shamatha Meditation Image: Developing a peaceful mind
In this wonderful summer course in Italy you will learn to draw and color or paint this special image according to the Tibetan-Buddhist thangka tradition.

The Sanskrit word ‘Shamatha’ means ‘to develop peace’.

This schematic picture shows the the path of a monk an elephant and a monkey, surrounded by different elements of nature (clouds, rainbows, fire, etc.)

The diagram illustrates the 9 stages of spiritual development of the practitioner (you) from the very first stage, in which there is no control over the mind (‘monkey mind’), to the highest stage: a completely peaceful mind and the experience of pure consciousness (‘Buddha nature’).

The development of Shamatha (Tib.: Chi.nae, Eng.: Calm abiding) is meant to cultivate and refine your ability to focus, making your mind more stable and clearer.

Negative emotions -such as contempt and aversion- decrease and are replaced over time by compassion and equanimity.

There are various shamatha meditation techniques to stabilize your attention and become more mindful, and you will learn them all during this course.

The course is suitable for everyone, from beginners (even without any drawing experience) to advanced.

Advanced thangka students may choose to finish their other artwork during this course (and will of course receive these new grids as well).
The course price is €260

You can make most out of a full retreat, but if you are unable to come for 10 days we can make an exception and you can come for half the retreat, where you will only be able to draw the Shamatha Image (no time for coloring or painting).

– From Friday 28 June dinner time at 7pm till Tuesday 3 July till lunch time, or

– From Wednesday 4 July dinner time at 7pm till Sunday 7 July till lunch time.

Course fees:

full course: 260 Euro / half course: 150 Euros
(+ 15 € Euros annual membership fee for non-members)

Register before:
June 20


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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