Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tashi Mannox to Lecture on the Painted Mantra at the Rubin Museum on April 2, 2014 Followed by a Calligraphy Workshop on Tibet Letters April 4-6, 2014 in Western Massachusetts

Tibetan calligraphy is a contemplative practice, or a Dharma art, known to purify and heal the practitioner.  Join Tashi Mannox, calligrapher and artist, as he demonstrates the actualization of the Medicine Buddha Mantra, and invites the audience to draw with him. Part lecture, part demonstration, part workshop.  No experience necessary.

To read more, visit the Rubin Museum link below where you can also watch a video abotu Tashi's  amazing work.

Following his presentation at the Rubin, Tashi will be in residence at Taegyalgar East in Conway, MA to teach a workshop on Tibetan letters co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and KPC.

WHEN: April 4.5.6, 2014 (Daily schedule TBA)
WHERE : Shang Shung LIbrary, 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, 
COST: $225  (includes most materials)  

To register and pay online, visit: 

Or contact

To read more about his amazing workshop visit

Tashi mostly teaches in Europe so this is a great opportunity to learn the correct proportions of beautiful Tibetan Uchen letters to write out mantras and sacred seed syllables

[Calligraphy reprinted from of sacred seed syllable HUM]

Today at the Stone Soup Cafe

I'm off to my favorite meeting place--Bernie Glassman's inspired Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield, MA. More than a soup kitchen, the Stone Soup Cafe seeks to bring diverse groups of  people together in its "pay as you can" model. The inspiration is about building community where everyone makes a contribution and is a valued presence. Hence, the old folk tale "Stone Soup" in the name, which is a universal story about the power of cooperation found in many cultures.

I try to go most every Saturday to meet friends and colleagues.  But I have also met marvelous people randomly sitting at my table. Today's menu  looks enticing "An Italian Love Feast." I'm meeting M. (my friend who doesn't like being on the internet who invited her neighbor.  The overall dining experience is uplifted with tables formally set, elegant menus, culinary excellence including gluten free options, live music and an atmosphere of friendliness whether one can pay or not. Kudos to development director Ari Pliskin!

[Bernie, Eve and Ari]

On their website there is a poem by Jane Kenyon which they say embodies the spirit of their work:

I am the blossom pressed in a book,
found again after two hundred years. . . .

I am the maker, the lover, and the keeper. . . .

When the young girl who starves
sits down to a table
she will sit beside me. . . .

I am food on the prisoner's plate. . . .

I am water rushing to the wellhead,
filling the pitcher until it spills. . . .

I am the patient gardener
of the dry and weedy garden. . . .

I am the stone step,
the latch, and the working hinge. . . .

I am the heart contracted by joy. . .
the longest hair, white
before the rest. . . .

I am there in the basket of fruit
presented to the widow. . . .

I am the musk rose opening
unattended, the fern on the boggy summit. . . .

I am the one whose love
overcomes you, already with you
when you think to call my name. . . .

We at Khandroling Paper Cooperative try to follow this model of community giving and sharing of skills in all our open workshops and  most products which we sell by donation at retreats. For us it is about creating an environment of simple joy where art making is for everyone and all are welcome!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Registration for the Tashi Mannox Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop Now Open

We are very pleased to announce that Tashi Mannox, the esteemed master of Tibetan calligraphy, will be in residence at Tsegyalgar East APRIL 4-6, 2014  at the invitation of  Shang Shung Institute USA and Khandroling Paper Cooperative   to teach an introduction to Tibetan Calligraphy.

WHEN: April 4.5.6, 2014 (Daily schedule TBA)
WHERE : Shang Shung LIbrary, 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, 
COST: $225  (includes most materials)  

To register and pay online, visit: 

Or contact

According to Tashi, his calligraphy course will be intensive, to teach the correct proportions and how to form the Uchen letters of the Tibetan alphabet, which alone can take two days. 

He writes:
I am very interactive with the students and depending on how many people attending (20 persons to a class is manageable) I like to go around the class to give each individual some personal attention in holding the pen and forming the letters, often writing on their paper to demonstrate each letter. So this will be a course for beginners as well as those who are already practiced in Tibetan.

The course starts with a short historic explanation of the Tibetan written language and its spiritual and sacred significance, which I tend to refer to throughout the course. I normally finish the course with teaching the correct way to write the Mani mantra and other key syllables essential for visualisation practices. People love this and go home with their own created art. 

So the course is teaching a solid foundation in correct proportion and beautifully formed letters, as starting with a firm foundation is essential to creating beautiful calligraphy with the integrity of the tradition it belongs.

To view a film about Tashi, click here or visit his exquisite website at

Tashi will also be giving a presentation at the Rubin Museum in NYC on April 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM as part of the upcoming exhibition on Tibetan Medicine.

Tashi has given many successful workshops in Europe. We are very honored to have him visit us here in the USA. Please pass the word around. 

Participants from out of town may register to stay in the Tsegyagar East Dormitory onsite. Contact the to make a reservation.