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Tibetan Calligraphy

Online courses with Tashi Mannox

Enter the world of Tibetan calligraphy with Tashi Mannox, Dharma artist and one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphers.

The Wisdom Academy is very pleased to offer two online courses with Tashi: Tibetan Calligraphy parts 1 and 2.

In part 1, Tashi guides you through setting up and constructing each of the Tibetan letters in the popular Uchen script, including how to make and use the foundational grid that serves as the basis for each letter. In part 2, you’ll learn the combination letters and start writing words, including the mani mantra. We’re also pleased to share that for the live run of this course in spring 2024, Tashi will be offering feedback on student work in the forum.

How to Enroll

Enroll in both courses and save 15% on part 2. Just follow these steps:

1. Click the button below. This will add Tibetan Calligraphy part 1 to your cart. (Tuition for part 1 is $247.)

2. Apply code TC1224 at checkout to take advantage of this offer. Applying this code will add Tibetan Calligraphy Part 2 to your cart with a 15% discount applied, bringing the price of part 2 to $252.45. (Full tuition for part 2 is $297.)

3. Complete checkout.

Click the button to save your seat today!

Full Tuition for Parts 1 and 2: $544

Your Discounted Tuition: $499.45

After enrolling, check your email for a welcome email with instructions on how to take the course. When you enroll in any Wisdom Academy course, you agree to our terms of use. Enrolled students have lifetime access to course materials. Wisdom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your tuition supports the creation of more courses like this one. Thank you! For more about our terms, please see the Wisdom Academy FAQ.

 

Part 1 is fully available now for self-paced learning. Part 2 will begin March 1, 2024.

 

Only interested in part 2?

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Part 1 Lesson Plan

In part 1, Tashi gives detailed instructions on the order and technique of each stroke used in constructing each of the 30 letters, maintaining the intended sacred proportions of the Tibetan Uchen script.

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Lesson 1: Introduction and Grid Setup

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Lesson 2: Ka to Ga

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Lesson 3: Nga to Nya

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Lesson 4: Ta to Pa

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Lesson 5: Pha to Wa

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Lesson 6: Shza to Ra

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Lesson 7: La to Aa

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Lesson 8: Vowels and Yikgo

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Part 2 Lesson Plan

In part 2, learn combination letters and start learning how to write words, including the mani mantra.

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Lesson 1: Logyig and Hatag

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Lesson 2: Yatag

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Lesson 3: Ratag

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Lesson 4: Rango and Lango

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Lesson 5: Sango

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Lesson 6: Latag and Wazur

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Lesson 7: Punctuation and Sanskrit Symbols

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Lesson 8: Mani Mantra

Benefits of Taking These Courses

• Experience the sacred aesthetics of the Tibetan writing system
• Discover the therapeutic benefits of focus and calm as you practice the characters
• Take part in an ancient tradition of great integrity and meaning

For Tibetan Buddhists, learning to read and write Tibetan is a key that unlocks the great wealth of Dharma held within Tibetan literature, such as the kangyur and the tengyur. Additionally, learning the read the Tibetan practice scriptures, mantras, and seed syllables is a powerful support for visualization meditation.

For those already familiar with calligraphy, we think you’ll enjoy this opportunity to learn a different tradition or improve on what you already know. Calligraphers and artists may also wish to integrate Tibetan writing into their own creative output, such as artworks and design pieces.

For students of Tibetology and the Tibetan language, this course will help improve speed and clarity—especially as learning the alphabet is an essential foundation to read and write Tibetan coherently.

For students already familiar with the basics of Tibetan calligraphy, this course will allow you to go deeper and further with your calligraphy practice as you learn to write words, including the mani mantra.

How to Enroll in Parts 1 and 2 Together and Save

1. Click the button below to enroll. This will add Tibetan Calligraphy part 1 to your cart.

2. Proceed to checkout. Apply code TC1224 at checkout. Applying this code will add Tibetan Calligraphy Part 2 to your cart with a discount applied.

3. Complete checkout.

Tibetan Calligraphy Part 2 Course Schedule

Part 1 is currently available; part 2 starts March 1, 2024. Lessons are released on the following days, but you retain lifetime access to course materials and can return to them again and again.

• March 1, 2024: Lesson 1 released
• March 8: Lesson 2 released
• March 15: Lesson 3 released
• March 22: Lesson 4 released
• March 29: Lesson 5 released
• April 5: Lesson 6 released
• April 12: Lesson 7 released
• April 19: Lesson 8 released

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Testimonials

See what students said about Tibetan Calligraphy, part 1!

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Many many thanks for this wonderful course! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next Tibetan calligraphy course. I think I still need a lot of practice, but with the detailed explanations from Tashi and the materials provided, I have already improved a lot. I feel that learning from a master like Tashi with so many years of experience is the best – and maybe the only way – to learn Tibetan calligraphy.
—Jan Philip Huss
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Thank you so much Tashi for sharing your experience and expertise. Unique and awesome!
—Mikhael Jjampa
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Dear Tashi, You’ve given a teaching that I’ve longed for since the beginning of my Buddhist training in 1972. To begin to be able to write a seed syllable through the grid has opened my mind and given me deep joy and appreciation. Thank you for all your years of creativity and devotion.
—Cynthia C.

Teacher’s Statement

Tashi Mannox

As an advocate of the preservation and conservation of the Tibetan writing systems, I am delighted to be working with Wisdom Academy to provide these courses on Tibetan calligraphy.

I am encouraged to see an often young and eager community of calligraphers wishing to take up and master this ancient scriptural tradition—when we practice the art of Tibetan calligraphy, we help to keep a rare and beautiful tradition alive.

In my years of teaching, I have seen many students gain great satisfaction and joy from learning the discipline of Tibetan calligraphy as they develop an in-depth appreciation of its heritage and all that it represents, and experience its enriching and meditatively calming effects.

So it is with great pleasure I can share such precious values and knowledge with you on these Wisdom Academy online courses.

I hope you’ll join me and experience the power and peace of this miraculous art form.

Tashi Mannox

Dharma art means not creating further pollution in society; dharma art means creating greater vision and greater sanity.

—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

How to Enroll in Parts 1 and 2 Together and Save

1. Click the button below to enroll. This will add Tibetan Calligraphy part 1 to your cart.

2. Proceed to checkout. Apply code TC1224 at checkout. Applying this code will add Tibetan Calligraphy Part 2 to your cart with a discount applied.

3. Complete checkout.

Click the button to save your seat today!

Only interested in part 2?

Click the button below to learn more and enroll in part 2.

 

Meet Your Teacher

Meet Your Teacher

Born to a Buddhist family in the United Kingdom, Tashi Mannox first took notice of the Tibetan language at about the age of 13, when he spent time with two Tibetan Lamas. At the age of 22, Tashi himself took the precepts of a Buddhist monk. Being artistically inclined, he developed his Tibetan writing skills while working as a scribe. This labor of devotion and discipline honed his skills, not just in the classical Uchen script, but the many other Tibetan script styles. His teachers in Tibetan calligraphy include H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche and Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and he has studied Lantsa Sanskrit with Lama Pema Lodrup of Dharmsala.  

Since leaving his monastic lifestyle, Tashi has continued working in the preservation and conservation of the Tibetan writing systems. In response to an ever-growing interest in Tibetan Calligraphy, he teaches master classes and lectures worldwide, including at Oxford University and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. In recent years, Tashi was invited to help re-establish the (Tibetan) Bhutanese calligraphy tradition to Bhutan’s educational and monastic institutions. The Khenpo of the central monastic body of Bhutan gave Tashi the honored title of Ambassador of Bhutanese Calligraphy. 

Tashi is now recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphers and dharma artists, exhibiting his masterpieces internationally, including at the Moscow Calligraphy Museum, the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum in the United Arab Emirates, and the World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-do in South Korea. Tashi is also the author of Sacred Scripts, which was endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Learn more about Tashi and follow his work on his website!

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All photos of Tashi and his art and materials on this page are ©2023 Luke Townsend.