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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། །


    ༄། 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 

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    Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous Tibetan New Year!

    Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous Tibetan New Year!

    བོད་རྒྱལ་ལོ་ ༢༡༥༠ རབ་གནས་ཆུ་ཡོས་ལོའི་གནམ་ལོ་གསར་ཚེས་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།

    This Artwork was especially created in celebration of the Female Water Rabbit 2023

    – Hares playfully chasing in endless optimism, multiplying different creed and colour, yet with same united purpose, signified by their shared ears of interdependence. They hop and splash the waters edge, free and joyous on a ground of green grass activity.

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    Upcoming Event

    Exploring Mantra in form and sound

    A weekend workshop on sacred geometry of Tibetan seed syllables and mantra.

    Lekdanling London
    From 08 April to 09 April 2023

    The Shang Shung UK Institute in London is happy to welcome back British born Tashi Mannox, who previously taught at the Shang Shung Institute, many times in London, Venice and Merigar West in Tuscany.

    This calligraphy workshop is especially informative for fellow Tibetan Buddhists for clarity of their visualisation practices. By learning how to form the stage by stage proportionate construction of  sacred syllables, in beautiful harmonious calligraphy and in the sound quality of mantra, is a valuable aid for Mahayana and Vajrayana practitioners.

    No prior Tibetan calligraphy skills are needed to attend this workshop, but for those already practiced in this scriptural art, my find the workshop elevating. A list of recommended materials and writing implements will be shared once enrolled.

    The workshop concludes with a calligraphy demonstration in explanation of the essential meditational approach to creativity within the field of Dharma art.

    Paper, ink and brushes will be provided.

    A seminar is given by Tashi on the evening of Friday 7th

    An exhibition of Tashi’s previously unseen artworks will be on display at the Shang Shung Institute during the workshop.

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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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