Paint a Mandala: The Five Goddesses of Protection

Subject: Painting
Dates: 5 March 2018 - 9 March 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: TBC
Tutor: Dr Renuka Gurung
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

Mandala comes from a Sanskrit word, Manadalam, or the container of the essence. Mandala is one of the most powerful artistic expressions of unified view of the cosmos in the Hindu and the Buddhist tradition. The geometric representations of divine wisdom in Mandala exhibit the integration of microcosm, and the macrocosm in a most beautiful way.

The pancha raksha mandala occupies special place in Newar Buddhist community of Nepal and other Buddhist countries. It is looked upon with great respect and admiration. Systematically arranged in the mandala of pancha raksha are five goddesses of healing and protection. They are known with the name as Mahasahasrapramardini, Mahasitavati, Mahamanstranusarini, Mahamayuri, and Mahapratisara. Therefore, there is a customary to keep mandala of five goddess of protection in every household and monasteries of Nepal and other Buddhist countries with great respect. There is a belief that the veneration of which grants protection from five kinds of great fear, illness, and danger.

Painting mandala is one of the transformative processes in the traditional arts.  Learn to draw and paint the mandala of the five goddess of protection known as Pancha raksha mandala by using hand ground mineral pigments and gold based upon the technique of paubhā painting tradition of Nepal on a hand made Nepalese canvas under the careful guidance of the master tutor.

By the end of the course, students will have beautifully painted mandala to take home with them. The mandalas so painted; are used as a pictorial representation of doctrine and a map to meditation, healing.

What should I bring?

Students should bring their own brushes: Two round sable brushes, size 00000

One round sable brush, sizes 000, 00,1,3,4, and 6.

We recommend that you bring your own palette with wells so that you can take home any pigment that you prepare.

All other materials will be provided. 

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Tutor biography

Dr Renuka Gurung

Dr Renuka Gurung PhD learned Paubha painting from one of the Chitrakar Masters and Vajracharya priests of Nepal and has established herself as one of the leading masters of traditional Paubha painting. Following the completion of her doctoral studies at the School, Renuka continues her work of preserving Paubha painting by researching and documenting this traditional painting method. She travels internationally exhibiting her works, conducting workshops and lectures with the aim of introducing and promoting Paubha. She recently gave presentations and workshops on Paubha at the University of Oxford and in Hong Kong, and her paintings are in various private collections in Nepal, Russia, Italy, the USA and Britain.

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