July 9 – July 14 , 2016
Learn the sacred art of Paubhā painting, a tradition practiced in Nepal since the 11th century. Complete your very own Paubha Mandala and learn traditional techniques of color, shading, gold application and burnishing in a meditative atmosphere. Relax and retreat in 2 Vaastu mediation Chapels. Painting the traditional mandalas in the resonance of Vaastu will awaken and enliven the inner-self.
Paubhā (Devanagari: पौभा) is a traditional religious painting made by the Newar people of Nepal. Newar people are Nepalese cohorts of India's Vishwakarmas - the indigenous artisins who built temples, engineered roads, dams etc., produced sculptures and paintings. The Newars and Vishwakarmas are guided by the ancient Vaastu Sahastras, Silpa Shastras, and Citra Sutra ( text on painting). Paubhas are guided by the same texts. Paubhas depict deities, mandalas or monuments, and are used to help the practitioner meditate. The Tibetan equivalent is known as Thangka.Most paubhas show Buddhist subjects, but a few have Hindu themes. The paintings are made to earn religious merit both for the artist and the patron. Newar Buddhists commission artists to paint paubhas which are displayed during festivals and other special occasions. The traditional painters of paubhas are the Chitrakar caste who are known as Pun (पुं) in Nepal Bhasa.
History A paubha of Amitabha Buddha at the Los Angeles County Museum is believed to be the earliest specimen which is done in a style dating from the 11th century.The earliest dated paubha discovered so far is Vasudhara Mandala which was painted in 1365 AD (Nepal Sambat 485). It is a specimen of the skill of Newar artists that made them sought-after throughout the Himalayan region and as far as China. Newar artists and merchants took the paubha art to Tibet from which the Tibetan thangka evolved.
Paubhas are painted on a rectangular piece of canvas. It is prepared by applying a mixture of buffalo glue and white clay on it. The surface is then rubbed with a smooth stone to give it polish. The painting is done according to the rules and dimensions handed down by tradition, and artists cannot exercise their creativity.The paint is made from minerals and plants. Gold and silver paint are also used on paubhas. The eyes of the deity are painted when the rest of the painting has been completed, and is known as "mikhā chāyekegu" (opening the eyes). Brocade is sewn to the edge of the paubha to make a frame for display. From a composition perspective, the surface of Paubha is usually occupied of a large figure in the center that is placed inside a shrine and surrounded by registers of smaller figures on the sides; the background is usually filled in with natural elements such as rocks rendered in abstract patterns. The color is often deep and subdued with subtle shadings of the figures and exquisite renderings of details that are the hallmarks of early Nepalese paubhas.
Dr. Renuka Gurung, PhD, is one of the leading masters of traditional Paubha painting. She completed her doctoral degree at the prestigious, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London in 2013. Dr. Gurung was awarded with the David Ciclitira prize by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Princes Charles for her outstanding doctoral dissertation titled “Understanding, preserving and transmitting the tradition of Paubhā painting in twenty–first century Nepal.”
She studied the traditional method of early Paubhā painting with reputed priest Badri Ratna Guruju and learned the Paubhā painting tradition with Mr. Lok Chitrakar at his studio for some years in Nepal. She continues her work of preserving and promoting the essence of Paubha painting tradition through research, documentation, her practice and through teaching, conducting art and educational workshops and spending much of her time with Chitrakar painters, gurujus and Buddhist monks of the Kathmandu valley.
Dr. Gurung recognizes that the traditional arts such as Paubhā are a vehicle for spiritual growth and for realization of the inner self. She travels internationally exhibiting her works, conducting workshops and lectures with the aim of introducing and promoting this aspect of the art. Recently Dr. Gurung joined The American University of Mayonic Science and Technology, USA, under the professorship of Dr. Jessie Mercay, as a post doctoral fellow in order to deepen her wisdom by studying the foundational knowledge from which the traditional arts arise.
Journey inward each day in pure Vaastu Meditation Chapels. Built using ancient building codes and precise mathematics and measures, these beautiful forms, much like the mandalas you will be painting, are the outward manifestation of a divine order. The vibrant space within the chapels vibrates with the frequencies of peace, well-being and spiritual bliss. As we spend time in and around the Vaastu forms our own inner space begins to resonate with these divine qualities of pure consciousness.
Your course will take place in Patagonia, Arizona in a Vaastu Classroom. On the first day you will select a sacred mandala from the traditional images. It is this mandala that you will complete over the course of the class while learning the traditional painting methods under the guidance of a master.
You will also receive foundational knowledge of Vaastu Science that will enrich your understanding of the traditional arts and the source from which all self expression and forms arise. Daily meditation in the Vaastu Chapels surrounded by the Red Mountains and expansive natural beauty will uplift you and deepen the experience of your sacred mandala painting.
Patagonia is a charming town with an emphasis on the arts and is an internationally known destination for birders to see rare varieties of hummingbirds and more. There is a variety of accommodations from hotel rooms to bed and breakfasts. There is a natural food store in town, a raw food retreat center, The Tree of Life, as well as many other fine local eateries.
This is the first class of its kind offered in the United States and space is limited. Sign up now to ensure your spot.
$325 Course + $75 Materials
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