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Meet Tibetan thangka artist at St. Joseph’s

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Sierra Friends of Tibet and will present a special art talk with Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim.

Geshela (a title similar to a Ph.D., indicating an earned degree) is an internationally recognized Tibetan sacred artist specializing in thangka art. Thangka, which in Tibetan means "rollable scroll," is one of the major art-sciences in Tibetan Buddhism. The origin of the art form can be traced back to the time of the historic Buddha.

The main themes of thangka paintings are spiritual. Tibetan masters refined their well developed arts through research and studies of different traditions from various countries. Tibetan thangka's precision, lines, measurements, costumes, implementations and ornaments are based upon Indian art forms.

The drawing of figures incorporate Nepalese styles and the background scenarios incorporate Chinese art forms. Thus, Tibetan thangka paintings became quite a unique and highly distinctive art form.

"While creating art of any form, one may generate the motivation of actualizing the good heart, compassion and loving kindness for all beings" Geshela said.

Geshela was born near Amdo the eastern region of Tibet and became an artist at a very early age. Following his escape from Tibet, Geshela trained in philosophy and sacred art at the historic Gaden Shartse Monastic University exiled in southern India. Gaden is the same monastery that has created sand mandalas in Nevada County since 2001.

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Geshela is currently the director of Thubten Dhargye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Long Beach.

Having conducted many art workshops and events in Nevada County for over 10 years, Geshela plans to return to make his home in or near Nevada County after completing his assignment in Long Beach.

Geshela's art will be on display and a question-and-answer session will follow this casual discussion. Following the art talk, Geshela will offer a brief film and offer a long-life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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