The Face of Enlightenment: Bringing Thangkas onto Your Path

with Artist to the Court Greg Smith

January 6th

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  • $50 Program price
  • $75 Patron price
  • $25 Seniors, students, limited income
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Room: Online Program
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Online program via Zoom presented by Northern California Shambhala

What is the face of enlightenment? No face at all? Maybe. But if we pose the question to a Tibetan Buddhist the answer may be surprising. The face of enlightenment seems to have every imaginable expression — peaceful, passionate, wrathful. It seems any expression can hold some aspect of this message.

We will examine the place of art and imagination for those who have interest in Buddhist practice and iconography. We’ll start with the inspiration to enter the path, and the expansion into a greater intention with bodhicitta, up to the profound inclusive quick path of Vajrayana. We will also try some guided meditation using visualized imagery. 

Please join us for this public two-hour, online Saturday program with thangka artist, Greg Smith. The program is open to all and will consist of a presentation and teachings followed by time for questions and discussion.

A recording of the call will be made available for those who are unable to attend live. 


About the Teacher

Greg Smith PortraitGreg Smith studied painting at City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and later the tradition of Tibetan thangka painting with master Tibetan artist Noedup Rongae at Naropa University. He has trained in the path of the Buddha with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 47 years now. 

Greg aspires to make thangkas that cross the cultural divide between East and West. While painting completely within the tradition, his art speaks to Western people in their own aesthetic language. 

Please register and pay at least 24-hours in advance in order to receive the Zoom link.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn, kathrynrile [at] iCloud [dot] com

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About Zoom  This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session. Please join us at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re set up when the program begins. And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants. Learn more about Zoom here: You can find a list of Zoom FAQs at this link.