Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop | Morning
June 2 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm£35.00
half day workshop – £35 including materials
How to calligrapher the Mani mantra ‘om manipadme hum’ – explaining the sacred proportions of the syllables as well as their deeply spiritual and beneficial meaning.
Writing, especially calligraphy has long been fundamental to Tibetan Buddhist practice. Derived from the Greek root words kallos, meaning ‘beauty’ and ‘graphein’ meaning ‘to write’, calligraphy translates loosely as ‘beautiful writing’.
According to Tashi Mannox, the art of Tibetan calligraphy is not just the perfecting of beautiful writing, but it is the concern regarding the content and the care in the act of doing, all of which is perfected by dedicated practice.
‘At its foundation, the act of creating calligraphy is a purposeful endeavour is not only a physical technique, but also an expression of the heart and the mind. This approach in which the artist assumes a meditative state, is known as dharma art. In dharma art, there are no right or wrong outcomes, no separation of artist and audience, no intentions and no consequences. The art is the process. In the Buddhist concept of realisation, one progresses toward clarity and emptiness’
Tashi Mannox in ‘Sacred Scripts’
Tashi Mannox was formerly a Buddhist Monk for 17 years. In his latter years as a monk, Tashi travelled to northern India, where he was privileged to study under Lama Pema Lodrup, one of the last masters of the ancient Lantsha and Wartu Sanskrit forms.
Since laying down his monastic robes at the turn of the millennium, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative approach, to produce a substantial body of calligraphy and iconography artworks.
At its foundation, Tashi’s practice is a vehicle to communicate and transmit Dharma, whilst adapting and updating his approach within and for a contemporary context.
He is now recognised as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists, exhibiting in New York, Moscow, London and Los Angeles.
This workshop is also available in the afternoon on Sunday 2 June.
Free Art Exhibition
A free exhibition of Tashi’s original calligraphy and Buddhist inspired art can be seen in the Chalice Well Meeting Room 1 – 9th June, 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Drawing the Enso
Tashi is running a second workshop on Monday 3rd June on drawing the ‘Enso’ or circle.