Sacred buddhist art, pt. 1

Nov. 19-20. With Lama Karma Chopal. An experiential workshop in which participants will draw a simple Buddha figure using sacred proportion and measurement. SPACE IS LIMITED, so contact us to reserve your in-person spot.

Two sessions/day (same each day)

10 am – noon
Shared lunch (contributions welcome)
1:30 – 4:30 pm

Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, Questa, NM

COST: $20/session or $80/weekend. Contact us if cost is a hardship.

MATERIALS: provided, or bring your own if you wish: pencil, eraser, drawing paper, ruler, compass.

CONTACT: Gabrielle at or (575) 770-1682

ABOUT OUR TEACHER: Lama Karma Chopal was was born in East Tibet in 1965, and became a monk at the age of 11. At 15 he became a student of Sonam Nyima, the most advanced master of iconographic art in the Karma Kagyu lineage. He studied Buddhist thangka painting, mandala design, and other art forms for ten years.

In 1989, Lama Chopal went to India to complete his monastic training at the major Kagyu monasteries. He studied at Rumtek, the monastery of the Karmapa, and completed his three-year retreat at Sherabling under Mingyur Rinpoche. Thereafter he spent three additional years at Sherabling studying Tibetan monastic arts of torma making, ritual music, and chanting. Lama Chopal studied Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar College in India for six years.

Following studies in advanced meditation with Bokar RinpocheKhenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and other Kagyu lamas in India and Nepal, Lama Chopal came to the US in 2001. He completed two stupas over the course of six years for Kagyu Thubten Choling in New York (state), and Samchenling in Virginia. He travels in the US and Asia where his artistry in thangka painting, sand mandala, temple painting, and other sacred forms is requested, and when at home, is the resident lama at Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa, north of Questa, New Mexico.