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Sat, Feb 10


MQ Academy | CHF 150

Foundations of Tibetan Art Workshop

Join us for a unique workshop that unravels the secrets behind Tibetan art and iconography through drawing the Buddha’s face and body.

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Foundations of Tibetan Art Workshop
Foundations of Tibetan Art Workshop

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Feb 10, 2024, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM GMT+1

MQ Academy | CHF 150, Schaffhauserstrasse 78, Room 108, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland



Embark on a fascinating journey into the heart of Tibetan art as we delve into the rich tradition of Thangkas, exploring the spiritual significance, intricate design, and cultural heritage of these magnificent creations. Join us for a unique workshop that unravels the secrets behind Tibetan art and iconography through drawing the Buddha’s face and body. The key concepts we will be working on include:

Foundations of Iconography

Discover the essence of Tibetan Thangka painting by unraveling the foundations of iconography. Gain insights into the symbolism and spiritual significance of the Buddha's face and body.

Hands-On Practice

Get ready for an enriching hands-on experience! Terris and Leslie will guide you through constructing a grid to draw the Buddha's face, providing a tangible connection to the artistry of Thangka painting.

Inking Techniques

Explore the art of inking with a brush as you bring your Thangka to life. Learn the intricate techniques that contribute to the beauty and precision of Tibetan Thangka paintings.

Overview of Styles and Techniques

Immerse yourself in the diversity of Thangka styles and techniques. From traditional approaches to contemporary expressions, gain a comprehensive overview that showcases the evolution of this revered art form.

Inspiration and Meaning

Uncover the inspiration and profound meaning embedded in Tibetan Thangka painting. Understand how this tradition has evolved over time, living and breathing through the hands of dedicated artists.

Limited to 16 seats: reserve early! 

<We will also have a documentary premiere on Reviving Sacred Art on Friday, Feb 09; do join us there to learn the story behind the restoration of giant silk applique hangings, known as Thangka Art >


  • Be inspired by and contemplate the qualities of the Buddha
  • Engage in mindful creativity
  • Start a new practice centering body and mind
  • Learn new or refine existing drawing and inking skills


10:15 – 10:30 – Mindful Arrival

10:30 – 12:00 – Introduction of Tibetan Art; Foundation of Iconography and Hands-on Practices

12:00 – 14:00 – Lunch (own arrangements)

14:00 – 17:00 – Inking Techniques and Hands-on Practices

17:00 – 17:30+ – Networking & Departure


Terris Temple was the first Westerner to study Tibetan thangka painting in Nepal in the early 1960s. Having studied with some great masters in these early days he then taught thangka painting over the years in the US as well as developed his own fine art depicting the natural world based on these traditional techniques and methods.

Leslie Nguyen Temple trained in art therapy and mental health, studied with Terris in the early 1990s, has been creating textile applique thangkas ever since, and has been teaching mindful yoga for over 20 years.

HH Karmapa requested both artists to recreate the lost giant silk appliqué thangkas for Tsurphu monastery in Tibet from 1992-1997.


  • Foundations of Tibetan Art

    Unique workshop that unravels the secrets behind Tibetan art and iconography.

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