April 30 - May 14, 2021

Buddha Face Thangka Art Course

During this in-depth course, you will learn how to draw the face of the Buddha according to the traditional Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Thangka. 

Through Carmen Mensink's combination of creating art step by step, mindfulness meditation and explanations about thangka and iconography, you will not only create a meaningful drawing, but you will gain an experience that lasts way longer than the duration of this course.

You can start this course anytime within the above time frame and come back to it as much as you like in between these dates. During the course availability Carmen is fully available to guide and support you on your drawing, bringing each student from where they are to a higher level.

The average thangka student will take up to 1 day to complete this course and draw the Buddha Face in black & white. If preferred, your drawing can be further worked out using shading or colour (check out the course bundles with the Colouring Techniques course included!). The list of art materials can be found in the Course Curriculum at the bottom of this page. More questions? Check the FAQ.

This course is for you when:

  • You want to create a Buddha Face in the Tibetan tradition
  • You want to learn more about buddhas, thangka art and iconography
  • You want to experience the meditative aspect of thangka drawing

After this course:

  • You have drawn your own beautiful Buddha Face according to the Tibetan thangka tradition
  • You know more about the history of thangka, as well as the symbolism of your Buddha Face
  • You have learned the basics that are needed to draw a complete Buddha


There are NO requirements for this course, anyone can join. In fact, you don't need to have any drawing experience at all. Drawing the Buddha Face! course is one of Carmen Mensink's signature thangka courses that she has offered to thousands of students during her many years of teaching. Carmen will guide and support you personally, and will bring out the best in you on your own level.

Opportunity to do this with such an excellent teacher, in a way that I could afford

"I was so happy to find this course and this teacher especially at this moment. This is something I've wanted to study for most of my life.

To have the opportunity to do this with such an excellent teacher, in a way that I could afford, and not have to travel made it all possible. I am currently unemployed and so the finances are difficult but this was a reasonable cost, so I am grateful.

I loved learning the history and the context and the symbolism, and how to meditate with the thangka.

I also loved seeing other's creations."

Metta, US

Purchased Thangka Course Bundle

Buddha Face + Medicine Buddha

I knew this course would be awesome, however you far exceeded that expectation

"I had a little peek at your free medicine buddha lecture.. So in my heart i knew this course would be awesome.. However you far exceeded that expectation.

I love the combination of story, meditation, pictures, and bonus materials.. and yay i get to sing the mantra with you... so beautiful you are bringing this to a wider audience.

Beautifully done...hope to see more courses in the future, I'm already signed up for medicine buddha thangka course, so excited!"

Melissa, Maui, Hawaii

Purchased Thangka Course Bundle:

Buddha Face + Medicine Buddha

Well structured and detailed explanations available for each step

"My expectations going into the course where to get more in touch with the aspects of buddhism regarding the drawing of the Buddha.

I was surprised on how well structured and detailed explanations were available for each step.

The history before the drawing classes I believe add so much value because it brings the attention of the importance and significance of this tradition. On top of that, meditation was key to focus and be able to concentrate on the class."

Javier, Guatemala

Purchased Thangka Course Bundle:

Buddha Face + Medicine Buddha

Thangka Course Bundles

Saving money & Learning more

Combining thangka courses deepens your practice and saves you money when purchased together in a bundle

Sign me up for Drawing the Buddha Face! only

Secure your course space for Drawing the Buddha Face! from April 30-May 14, 2021. Limited amount of students.

Payments can be done in USD or EUR. Additional VAT may be applicable, depending on your country (see next page).

Note: Payments with Paypal can only be done when choosing USD. Don't forget to check 'I agree to receive instructional and promotional emails' on the next page, otherwise Carmen won't be able to send you information about the course and guide you when needed.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the course!
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  Module 1: Let's start!
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  Module 2: Lectures on Background & Symbolism
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  Module 3: Drawing the Face of the Buddha
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  Module 4: Iconograpy, Colours & Inspiration Gallery
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  Module 5: Dedication Prayers & Wrapping up
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