Art Retreat with Andy Weber: Wheel of Life

Begins with dinner Friday April 12th at 6pm-through Sunday, April 14th ending at 5pm

Wheel of Life (Tib. Sipai Khorlo) Weekend Art Retreat

Andy is also teaching public lectures on Thursday and Friday eve. Registration for full retreat includes Friday evening lecture. See links below for description of lectures.

This weekend course will focus on the most amazing image in the Tibetan Buddhist iconography.

First described in the Extensive Enjoyment Sutra by Buddha Shakyamuni, this diagram depicts the nature and causes of cyclic existence.  Yama, the lord of death holds the wheel in his teeth and claws reminding the viewer of impermanence and that there is not a single being in cyclic existence who is outside the control of death. To break the chain of endless cyclic of death and rebirth we need to eliminate the fundamental delusions of ignorance, hatred and greed, depicted by the three animals – pig, snake and pigeon – in the hub of the wheel.

Students will receive hands-on-instruction to draw and paint the Wheel of Life. Advanced students will draw the image directly on canvas or paper. Beginners will focus on constructing the image with the help of grids

Painting instructions and information about paints used in this sacred art tradition will be taught. Meditation and mantra recitation will enhance the experience and deepen the understanding of the course subject.

Schedule for Retreat:


3-6pm: Check in/Registration

6-7pm: Dinner

7-8:30pm: Lecture


8am-9am: Breakfast

9am-12:30pm: First Session

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch and break

2:30-6pm: Second Session

6-7pm: Dinner

7pm-8:30pm: Possible evening sessions of mantras and meditation


8am-9am: Breakfast

9am-12:30pm: Third Session

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch and break

2:30-5pm: Last Session. End of Retreat.

About the Instructor:

The artist Andy Weber spent seven years living and studying the iconographical art of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of accomplished masters in India and Nepal.

See Andy’s website here:

His unique style of authentic images for visualization are highly respected not only by the growing number of Western Buddhists but also by Tibetan Lamas of all traditions, many of whom have commissioned his work. His thangka paintings (= Tibetan scroll paintings) can be seen in Buddhist centers and temples throughout the world including the Potala Palace in Lhasa and his images have become well known and popular through numerous publications.

With over 35 years of experience Andy Weber and his students offer their artwork, their services, and their experience to the wider Dharma community. Andy also teaches all over the world, and the teaching schedule is available from this site.

Materials to bring to retreat:

  • Drawing paper or canvas, pencil HB (mechanical pencil), an eraser, long ruler. Painting materials (as needed)
  • Table lamp


  • Suitable for both beginners and advanced students.
  • No artistic talent or background needed!
  • Art retreat participants must attend the Friday-evening talk.

Registration (Includes Friday Night Lecture)

Participants in the art retreat must pre-register.

Date(s): Begins with dinner Friday April 12th at 6pm-through Sunday, April 14th ending at 5pm
Times: 7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Andy Weber
Type of event:
Number of sessions: weekend
Level: general
Participation: Residential; commuter options
Location: Main Gompa
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