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    An introduction

    Pen meets paper and a bold, black line sweeps over white, as millennia of wisdom follow in its wake. Each brushstroke is imbued with intention, the essence of Buddha-Dharma distilled in ink and paper

    A seamless blend of the contemporary and the immutable ancient tradition meets bold design in the work of Tashi Mannox, celebrated Tibetan Calligrapher.

    One of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphers, Dharma Artist Tashi Mannox innovates in technique and concepts firmly rooted in the integrity of the ancient tradition.

    Two decades spent as a monk of the Kagyu order inform his practice: his calligraphy and iconography. While technically and aesthetically compelling, Tashi’s work also acts to illuminate ancient Buddhist wisdoms.

    ༄།  གང་གི་སོར་རྩེ་ལས་འཁྲུངས་འཕྲུལ་གྱི་ཡི་གེ་གཟུགས། །
    སྐྱེ་དགུའི་ཡིད་དབང་འཕྲོག་པས་ཐར་པའི་ལམ་དུ་འཁྲིད། །
    སློབ་དཔོན་ཐོན་མིའི་དབྱངས་གསལ་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་སྤེལ་གསུམ་ཕྱིར། །
    གསར་གཏོད་རྣམ་དཔྱོད་རྩལ་ལས་མཛེས་པའི་ཡིག་གཟུགས་བཞེངས། །

    ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྱུ་རྩལ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་མན་ནོག་སིའི་ཡིག་གཟུགས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་ཉན་ཞོར་དུ་ཡོན་ཏན་གཟེངས་སུ་བསྟོད་པའི་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པ་འདི་ཨ་རིའི་བློ་བཟང་གིས་བྲིས་པ་དགེའོ།།

    ༄། Born from the tips of your fingers, mystical letter forms
    Capture the hearts of beings, leading them on the path to liberation.
    To preserve and uphold Minister *Thönmi’s literary tradition,
    You manifest beautiful Calligraphy from the creative potential of the intellect.

    This verse was composed by Lowell Cook in homage to the great Dharma artist Tashi Mannox while listening to one of his calligraphy lectures. May goodness abound!

    *Thönmi Sambhota 

    Latest News

    New Publication

    New Publication

    The Copper-colored Mountain –

    This book is a translation of *Jigme Lingpa’s eighteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist aspiration prayer for taking rebirth in the pure-land of the Copper-coloured Mountain, accompanied by a commentary and analysis by translators.

    Available from – Shambhala Publications.

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    Upcoming Event

    Calligraphy Workshop

    Learn the art of writing the Tibetan Uchen script.

    Colet House
    From 17 December to 18 December 2022

    For those of you who for the first-time wish to learn the art of Tibetan writing or improve on your already acquired abilities. Here is a golden opportunity to learn first-hand from Tashi Mannox during a weekend workshop in West London.

    Held in the beautifully conducive setting of the historic Colet House.

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    Latest project

    Preserving Calligraphy Traditions

    Preserving Calligraphy Traditions

    The conservation and preservation of a written language

    Working with a small group of eminent calligraphy Masters and Khenpos in the Kingdom of Bhutan, was an absolute honour and pleasure for Tashi – sat among his like minded Khenpos and monks, their shared craft spoke the same language.

    Organised by Bhutan Conservation BACCC – this was a joyous yet pivotal occasion. Tashi had visited Bhutan two years earlier to attend a solo exhibition and requested to meet a calligraphy master, as Bhutanese and Tibetan calligraphy are very closely related.
    However, when a master of calligraphy could not be found across the Kingdom, the Monastic Body of Bhutan realised that their written language of Dzongkha had been neglected since the 80’s, when teaching calligraphy stopped, with the danger of it being lost altogether.

    Eventually a few of their remaining calligraphers were found and winkled out of their monastic retreats and other secular duties, acknowledged once again for their nearly forgotten skills, to gather together and brainstorm how to effectively re-establish their writing systems back into the monastic and school curriculums.

    Fortunately, Bhutanese are proud of their cultural legacy and are very resourceful in maintaining it. The practice of calligraphy has since been re-introduced across the Kingdom with new calligraphers in training and writing manuals compiled, published and distributed.

    This scenario is not unique to Bhutan. As more of humanity turns to the technical age of communication, languages and calligraphy traditions are widely threatened. It is important to be aware that traditions, such as unique writing systems, which may have developed over hundreds of years, can be easily neglected and lost in just one generation.

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