Yantras and Mandalas

Subject: Painting, Visiting Master, Visiting Master
Dates: 8 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Time: 10:30 to 17:30
Location: Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion St, London N1 9PW
Tutor: Renuka Gurung
Full price
£ 385
Student and pensioner concession
£ 310

In the Hindu devotional tradition, the term “Yantra” signifies an instrument of worship, namely geometrical diagrams. A Yantra could take any form, be it carved, sculpted, or painted. As with other forms, the painted yantras serve as a representation of an aspect of the divine and a model for the worship of a divinity, as the Yantra is believed to be an embodiment of dynamic elements. Therefore, the Yantra is an instrument designed to curb the psychic forces by concentrating upon the pattern in such a way that the Yantra becomes medium of visualizations, meditation and experiences which will ultimately lead to the path of self–realization.

Similarly, Mandalas are a sacred circle with geometric patterns of mystical significance. Mandalas represent the "body”, speech and mind of the Buddha and are used for initiatory, meditational and other purposes.

Mandalas are said to exist in several planes of reality, some are accessible to the ordinary human beings, and some are not.

Participants will be given an introduction to the history, methods, materials and rituals involves in painting Yantras and Mandalas, particularly amongst the Nepalese Newar Buddhist community. Students will then choose a sample picture to trace onto a prepared canvas. The tutor will demonstrate the technique of paint application and participants will paint by themselves under the guidance of the tutor. Once the colour application is finished, the participants will learn the technique of shading, gold application and burnishing techniques. By the end of the course, participants will have completed a small Yantra or Mandala to take home with them.

Students will need to bring a palette with wells and at least three sable watercolour brushes to class, sized between 00000 and 3. All other materials will be provided.

Monday - Friday

Tutor biography

Renuka Gurung

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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