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Course availability: June 12-July 12, 2020

Medicine Buddha Thangka Art Course

This course is for you when:

  • You have previously drawn the Buddha Face with Carmen Mensink, either onsite or online. If you haven't, check out the Thangka Course Bundles
  • You are interested in Tibetan Art, Buddhism or meditation and want to learn to draw this Buddha in the traditional way
  • You want to know the deep meanings locked up in Tibetan Buddhist Art and want to experience its meditative aspect

After this course:

  • You have drawn your own beautiful Medicine Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist thangka tradition
  • You know all about the background, symbolism and iconography of the Medicine Buddha, and it has made you more aware about the balance in your own body and mind
  • You have experienced inner peace and joy through the drawing processes, the meditations and working with the mantra, and created a connection both with the Medicine Buddha and with a beautiful and ancient tradition



How does the course availability work?* You can start this course anytime in the above time frame and come back to it as much as you like in between these dates. This way, Carmen Mensink can guarantee her full commitment to individual guidance for students on the VIP and DELUXE plans. It is also the reason why the course is set to a limited amount of students.

What does this course look like? This course has all the elements of an onsite thangka course, including drawing instruction videos, guided meditations and lectures on symbolism and mantra. You will be guided step by step in a methodic structure. In addition you can test your knowledge through the quizzes and enjoy the bonus materials that are provided.

How long will it take me to complete this course? The average thangka student will take 3 days to complete this course and draw the Medicine Buddha in B&W. Depending on your preference your drawing can be further worked out (also after the course time is up).

*NOTE: The next possibility to enroll in this course will be in Sept/Oct 2020. Check the FAQ page for more information.



At the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art we are staying true to the Tibetan Thangka Tradition. Therefore in order to take this Medicine Buddha Thangka Course you need to have taken the base course Drawing the Buddha Face! first (either online or onsite with Carmen Mensink) before you can register for this course. If you have any questions on this please contact Carmen


Thangka Course Bundle - saving money & getting extras

The School for Tibetan Buddhist Art offers Thangka Course Bundles for those who want to join both the Drawing the Buddha Face! + Medicine Buddha Thangka Art Courses. The course bundle plans save you money and offer you lots of extras.

For price plans for just the Medicine Buddha Thangka Art course read further under the testimonials

“It has been a fantastic experience! 

Carmen is special and a wonderful teacher. The overal course has good energy, and presents an excellent combination of meditation, lectures and art. It’s a different experience in drawing that is accessible to everybody.”

Alex Irene, Italy

"The impossible became possible.

I feel gratitude to the kindness and great professionalism of Carmen; the hours flew by, and step by step, despite my initial fears en insecurities (I can’t draw!), on my paper something amazing materialized, as well as in my heart.

I hope I can soon relive the experience, and like all things that are true and deep there’s not much to understand but simply to try!!”

Elena A., Genova, Italy

“Carmen is a spiritual gift, and she is brilliant, noble, kind & clear. Her teaching is done with clarity and kindness."

Irena Delahuntey, Connecticut, USA


Medicine Buddha Thangka Art Course

between June 12-July 12, 2020

The three course plans are based on the amount of personal guidance and support by Carmen during the set course dates:

BASIC - Course Only / $ + VAT

  • You provide for all art materials yourself
  • Before the course starts, you will receive an envelope with all grids and handouts needed for this course
  • No individual guidance. Questions can be put in the discussion groups that are open to all students and that Carmen answers in general

VIP - Personal Approach / $ + VAT

  • You provide for all art materials yourself
  • Before the course starts, you will receive an envelope with all grids and handouts needed for this course, as well as a personal note by Carmen
  • You can contact Carmen privately (through the School) with all your questions about your artwork
  • You can send Carmen pictures of your artwork privately (through the School) to let her check your progress

DELUXE - Private Teachings Approach / $ + VAT

  • Before the course starts, you will receive a Material Pack* worthy of $60 (incl. shipping) with all the art materials needed for this course, as well as all grids and handouts, and a personal note by Carmen
  • You can contact Carmen privately (through the School) with all your questions about your artwork
  • You can send Carmen pictures of your artwork privately (through the School) to let her check your progress
  • You can contact Carmen (privately through the School) with all your other questions on buddhism, meditation, other Tibetan deities or mandalas, or for ex. a thangka or Buddha statue that you own and would like to know more about, etc.
  • You will get a 1hr private Zoom meeting with Carmen where she will demonstrate B&W & coloured pencil techniques, and you can practice this together

Carmen Mensink guiding a group in the museum along buddhist artworks

Learn about Tibetan Buddhist Art

Enjoy the engaging lectures on the symbolism and iconography of each course subject

How to draw a Buddha with Carmen Mensink

Create your own Tibetan Buddha

In a clear step by step process, you will learn to draw Buddhas and Mandalas in a proper way

Meditate and experience the joy

Connect with yourself, with Buddhas and an ancient tradition during the drawing process and meditations


Why can I step in only on certain dates throughout the year? Why are these courses available for only a limited period of time? How long does it take for an Envelope with grids/handouts or a complete Material Pack to reach me? Check the Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Carmen Mensink

Meet the instructor

Carmen Mensink is the founder of the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. She is an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, the traditional Tibetan scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas. 

She is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has nearly two decades of experience in teaching this beautiful art, as well as Buddhist meditation and philosophy, at museums, universities, and Buddhist Centers around the world.

Through her courses, Thangka Talks videos, articles, and private thangka teachings, Carmen has guided thousands of people along the Buddhist Art & Dharma path.

Carmen has been featured in dozens of publications and has been teaching at places including the ones on the left.

She is also being asked to work on related Tibetan art forms, including large floor paintings of the '8 Auspicious Symbols' to welcome the Dalai Lama in the Netherlands in 2009, 2014 and 2018. For more info go to