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Art talk with renowned Tibetan mystical artist Geshe Tsultrim set for Saturday

The Union.com, July 28, 2010

Grass Valley, CA (USA) -- Tibetech.org in collaboration with Sierra Friends of Tibet has announced a special art talk with Tibetan Buddhist Monk Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim. Geshela (a title similar to a Ph.D. indicating an earned degree) is a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Gelupa order, the same order of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Geshela was born near Amdo the eastern region of Tibet and became an artist at a very early age. Geshela trained in philosophy and sacred art at the historic Gaden Shartse Monastic University in southern India and for 10 years served as sand mandala master for many Sacred Arts Tours, visiting over 50 countries. Geshela is currently the director of Thubten Dhargye Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Center in Long Beach.

Geshela is a renowned "Thangka" artist. Thangka which means "roll able scroll" is one of the major sciences in Tibetan Buddhism. Its origin 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 painting'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, the Tibetan Thangka paintings became quite a unique and highly distinctive art form.

During this discussion Geshela will talk about his life as an artist, in both a monastic environment as well as a fine artist seeking to develop his individual creative path. Geshela's vibrant and beautiful Thangka paintings will also be at the event for viewing. All are welcome for this casual discussion.

If you go:

What: Art talk
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: The new SummerThyme's Cafe in BookTown, 134 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley
Cost: Free; donations may be offered to the artist/Monk
Contact: Call (530) 263-9960 or visit Tibetech.org



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