Mother of Liberation: The Face of Tara

Four Video Lessons with Tiffani Gyatso

Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of purchase

About the Course

The images of enlightened beings in Tibetan Buddhism are as rich as our own imagination can go. All images exist with our own minds and if we focus on them, as if we were looking for a long period of time at the mirror, our perception shifts. If we practice such contemplation with the right effort and motivation, it can be a path for liberation.

Green Tara is one of the most popular and beloved female Buddhas in Tibet. It is said that she rose from a tear of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. She is the personification of the enlightened activity that liberates all sentient beings. 

She has one leg crossed and one stretched, resting on a lotus blossom, representing that she can be ready on her feet to be in service, to be a light to save us from our own beliefs that terrifies us.


We will practice mantra and meditation and learn about the symbols of Tara's image. We will then initiate the proportional lines of the face with pencil, a ruler and paper.


After mantra and meditation we will draw first lines of her round and gentle face and learn how to express docility through almond-shape eyes.


After mantra and meditation, we will finalize the drawing of Tara's face and start to understand and use colors.


We will color the drawing with pencils, golden details and bless it with intentions.

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)

    • Join the Tibetan Thangka Art Community

  • 2


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

    • Mothers of Liberation: Introduction with Tiffani Gyatso

    • Daily Thangka Prayers


  • 3


    • Class One

    • Class Two

    • Class Three

    • Class Four

The Faces of Liberation: Drawing and Coloring the Female Buddhas of the Tantric Tradition

Three part course bundle: Tara, Vajrayogini, Simhamukha (12 Classes)


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.