Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Local artist’s coloring book for grown-ups features traditional Buddhist imagery

By Dan Williams
Tibetan master artist Tashi Dhargyal with a traditional Buddhist mural, a thangka. During the past four years Dhargyal has been working on the mural in his studio at the Barlow in Sebastapol
SANTA ROSA, CA---Decades ago, coloring books used to be about fairy tale characters or cartoon icons, just for kids. But now, the concept of coloring books for adults is well established, with themes that include nature, wild animals, landscapes and even “swear words.” Given the soothing sensation of filling in patterns with color, it was inevitable that stress reduction and relaxation would become popular common threads for the books. So what could be more logical than a “Coloring for Meditation” book? Created by Tibetan artist Tashi Dhargyal, working at his studio and gallery in Sebastopol, the book is an offshoot of a project that’s been in the works for the past four years: a 15-by-20-foot scroll painting on canvas, or “thanbhochi,” depicting Buddha and including some 30 different deities. He hopes to finish the piece within the next year. [More]
"Coloring for Meditation with Tibetan Buddhist Art" by Tashi Dhargygal.