- A conversation with Tashi Dhargyal, and Tashi’s friend and supporter Richard Ruge. Tashi has trained and painted for over 15 years. From 2006-2010, he was the artist-in-residence at the Ganden Monastery in Dharamsala. He is both a master thangka painter and craftsman — painting and decorating statues both for the Monastery and private customers.
In the summer of 2012, he personally presented his work to HH the 14th Dalai Lama, who commended his skill and talent, and requested that Tashi continue to paint, and teach. Tashi has traveled throughout India to work in monasteries to restore and decorate statues and has been integral in the Tibetan art community. He studied under the late Ven. Sangye Yeshi, whom His Holiness the Dalai Lama personally invited to reactivate the long and rich tradition of thangka painting in Dharamsala by opening a school at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives. When this first school was shut, due to restructuring of the Library buildings, Tashi worked with his teacher to start the Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art. Through his initiative, the ITTA was started, and staffed with the best teachers.
Tashi has shown his works along with his ITTA contemporaries at the Tibet House in New Delhi, at the Museum at His Holiness’ the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamsala, and at the Tibet House in New York. His thangka were featured art on TLC’s series New York Ink, at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, at the Tubac Center for the Arts (where it received Honorable Mention in a juried group exhibition), as well as at Invisible NYC Gallery in New York’s Lower East Side.
Tashi’s thangka have been auctioned by Christie’s to benefit the Tibet House; he has also donated works and lessons to benefit the Tibetan Aid Project and the Tibet Fund, who showcased his work in their PSA on the Jumbotron in New York’s Times Square. He has taught classes at the Tibet House, the Newark Museum, as well as to private groups and has completed murals for Jivamukti Yoga in New York. His works have been commissioned by the likes of Jet Li as presents for HH the Dalai Lama.
Richard Ruge is a friend and supporter of Tashi Dhargyal and the Tibetan Art Gallery and Studio in Sebastopol. Richard’s other passions include Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, and the ROSE initiative, whose vision is to awaken an international cultural shift from dependency on others to individual, communal, and planetary self-sufficiency in the event of disasters.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #130 - 21SEP13
The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
More information about Tashi Dhargyal's work and interests can be found at: