Lama Tashi Mannox - Creativity, Karmic Merit, and Calligraphy in Bhutan | Wisdom Keeper E6

TASHI MANNOX is one of the world's foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphers and Dharma artists, regularly exhibiting his art in New York, London, Moscow and Bhutan. He was formerly a monk in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and completed the traditional four year closer retreat under the guidance of renown Tibetan masters. He is the author of Sacred Scripts: A Meditative Journey Through Tibetan Calligraphy (2016) and has recently released a new course on Tibetan Calligraphy host by the prestigious Wisdom Publications and the Wisdom Academy Online. 

In this episode of the Wisdom Keeper podcast I’m delight to be joined by Lama Tashi Mannox, one of the world’s foremost dharma artists and Tibetan Calligraphers. In this conversation we follow Tashi Mannox from his most magical and auspicious childhood, into his deep four year Vajrayana retreat where he offers us an intimate glimpse of his limitless imagination, and right on through to his karmic fortune to work directly with the King of Bhutan. Throughout we see just how essential it is to collect karmic merit in order to create a truly inspiring life for oneself and others. Lama Tashi Mannox is an embodiment of integrity and joy that few can resist. I know you’ll enjoy this podcast.

In this episode of the Wisdom Keeper podcast Lama Tashi and I discuss:

・The magic of his childhood immersed in the first wave of the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

・Tashi’s early life and education as an artist, and how he happily never quite fit into the mainstream.

・His experience of being in a formal Tibetan four-year meditation retreat including day-in-the-life of his rigorous schedule.

・We get an intimate look at the mind of a visual artist as Tashi explains the construction of a mandala in his own visualization practice during retreat.

・How Tashi Mannox became a calligrapher, and what calligraphy means to the preservation and transmission of Dharma.

・Exciting experiences on his first pilgrimage to Tibet and the ethos of wonder in which Tibetan culture experiences the world.

・Finally Tashi discusses the role and honor he played in preserving the cultural legacy of calligraphy in Bhutan, and how we must go back in order to move forward.

What an honor to bask in the glow of Tashi’s humility and radiance.

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