The Art of the Mandala


25 Sep 2018

Learning the sacred art of the Tibetan Buddhist mandala with a qualified teacher is a very rare opportunity, and we bring you internationally renowned Andy Weber who will come to New Zealand on his world tour to present a free public talk, then lead a 5-day hands-on workshop on drawing the mandalas of the female Buddha Tara.


In addition to learning the symbolism and hands-on techniques of drawing a mandala of Tara, over the weekend Andy will demonstrate the painting techniques so you can continue colouring your mandala at home.


Meditation and mantra recitation will enhance and deepen the experience of this courses. He’ll provide hands-on-tuition to draw the mandala and share insight into painting techniques used to complete the works. It is not the end result what matters but the path getting there.


*No experience or special artistic talent necessary – you’ll still create a beautiful image with these traditional Tibetan measuring and drawing techniques. 


Options to come for the whole retreat, or just the weekend. For complete details, a materials list, and pre-registration (essential), please visit our website.


Tara Mandala (Tib: Droljang khyil.khor) Born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the buddha of compassion, Tara grants protection and relief from suffering. According to the myth, Green Tara appeared to the right of Avalokitesvara as the principle of active compassion that overcomes obstacles. White Tara, whose devotional practices overcomes illness and extends one’s life span, sat to his left side.


Called the “mother of all buddhas,” she promises assistance when called upon. The three outer rings (fire, vajras, petals) of her mandala protect the inner sanctuary, her palace and the practitioner. Viewing the mandala is regarded as a personal blessing.

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