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Hong Kong youth: depicting thangka painting is also a kind of Buddhist practice

2019-07-25 15:50:00China Tibet Online

“Each step [of thangka painting] is very fine, from polishing cloth to grinding pigments, drawing drafts, dyeing, and painting the eyes.” Liang Yunqi, a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, said that the process of painting thangka is also a kind of Buddhist practice.

On June 25, 13 young students from Hong Kong starts a 40-day study of thangka painting in Tongren County, northwest China's Qinghai Province, learning from Niangben, a master of Chinese art and the head of the Regong Painting Institute.

25-year-old Zhong Jinyi is a graduate student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “During this period, every day we paint from 8:30 in the morning until 10:30 at night, sometimes even later. This not only gives me a deeper understanding of thangka but also calms down my mind.”

For Liang Yunqi, she enjoys the process of painting. “depicting thangka painting focuses on the cultivation of one’s own inner mind. As our teacher said, ‘The process of paingting thangka is also a kind of practice of turning oneself into a Buddha.’ It is a kind of Buddhist practice. Therefore, drawing thangka painting combines the hand, heart, and eyes. With their cooperation, a thangka can be painted well.”

An apprentice of Master Niangben tutors students from Hong Kong in thangka painting.

Students from Hong Kong are depicting thangka paintings.

A student from Hong Kong is painting thangka.

A student from Hong Kong is painting thangka. 

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