Mandala of Compassion

Three Week Course with Tiffani Gyatso

THURSDAYS FEBRUARY 10, 17 & 24, 2022

10 - 11:30AM Los Angeles | 1 - 2:30PM New York | 7 - 8:30PM Rome

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Video content will remain available for students for one year after live course

The Mandala of Compassion ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ

The most beloved and recited mantras in Buddhism is the mantra of compassion ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ "om mani padme hum”. This ancient Tibetan mantra, repeated from countless enlightened lips, from far away yogis, from Buddhist lamas and practitioners all over the world is also displayed in a beautiful and simple lotus mandala with the 6 syllables in Tibetan script that visually portrays the mantra in harmony to support contemplative meditation and focus. 

In this short course we will learn the meaning of each mantric syllable, contemplate and generate the vision to raise compassion in our hearts with the support of drawing and coloring in the traditional way.  

We will learn the geometric measurements of the mandala using compass and ruler. The exercise of drawing sacred geometry help us to be present and devoted and its structure enables anyone to draw, even those with no experience in drawing.

After creating the mandala and outlining the syllables we will color it learning about the symbolism of each of the colors. We will color with pencil as it is the most simple way to color it, but everyone is welcome to use other materials as well.

By the end of the this course students will both know more about the most famous Buddhist mantra in Tibet and will have a beautiful and harmonious art made out of devotion for your daily inspiration. 

All are welcome, no prior experience in art or Buddhism is required.

Art Materials Required for this Course 
(Please purchase and have ready before the start of the first session):

  • A4 120 t0 300gr paper
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Ruler and compass
  • Color pencils of your choice
  • Pinball or Micron black pen 0,5
  • Tracing Paper
  • Color pencil or water color pencil set

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Course Schedule and Basic Information

    • Online Classroom Etiquette and Technical Requirements

    • Art Materials Required for this Course

    • Navigating this Learning Platform

    • Navigating Online Learning Platform (PDF)


  • 2


    • The Art of Nirvana: Introduction to Tibetan Thangka Art with Tiffani Gyatso

    • Daily Thangka Prayers

  • 3



    • Class One | February 10

    • Class Two | February 17

    • Class Three | February 24


Tiffani Gyatso

Tiffani Gyatso is an artist from Brazil who focused her studies on the sacred expressions of art from different cultures. She specialized in traditional Tibetan Thangka painting, which she learned in India at the Norbulingka Institute from the years 2003-2006 and later furthered her studies at the Prince School of Traditional Arts in London where she studied sacred Geometry of the Middle East. Today she runs her own art retreat center at the Atelier YabYum at the mountains of Brazil and guides art groups to India and Nepal.