The Ancient Art of Thangka Painting

The following article is from the Spring, 1988 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

with Jamyang Singe

Thangka painting is a sacred art form whose venerable practice brings peace and realization to the artist, viewer and community. Its ancient harmony has been preserved in esoteric graphs called tiksays that have been transmitted from teacher to student for many generations. Employing age-old formulas, the thangka painter grinds and mixes his own paint, using natural ingredients like saffron, and semi-precious stones such as turquoise, lapis, and cinnabar to create jewel-like colors.

Jamyang Singe is an English speaking master thangka painter visiting and teaching throughout the USA. He was born in Tibet but in 1959 his family was forced to flee to India where at the age of six he was placed in a monastery to be raised as a monk. As a teenager he received intensive training in Buddhist doctrine, meditation and art. After many years of committed work Jamyang Singe was recognized as a master thangka painter. He has exhibited and taught world-wide and is coauthor of the book, Principles of Tibetan Art.

In July and October 1988, Singe and his associate David Less will be leading two tours to India, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan. These tours offer a unique opportunity to delve into the Tibetan culture and share in the multiple perspectives of an artist, spiritual seeker and Tibetan Buddhist. A special highlight of the tours is that Singe will also be offering instruction in Thangka Painting for those who are interested. No previous experience in art is necessary to enjoy this meditative form of drawing and painting.

For more information about tours and workshops with Jamyang Singe please contact: Anna Less, 331 Hugo Street, San Francisco, CA 94122, (415) 564-7394.

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