Tashi was born in England in the year of the water tiger. For the past 35 years he has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.
Shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order and at the tender age of 22 was given the name Tsering Tashi. For seventeen years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration which coincided with the timely building of the Temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland.
During this period Tashi studied under many Tibetan Lamas, including artistic guidance from H.E Situ Rinpoche and inspiration from the calligraphy works of Chogyam Trungpa. However, the foundation of Tashi’s training is set by the high standards and clarity of his spiritual father Akong Tulku Rinpoche.
Part of Tashi’s monastic training included entering a closed four year Buddhist retreat in 1988, which also provided a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in the highly disciplined and multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.
In 2000 Tashi travelled to India, where in Dharamsala he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit: Lama Pema Lodrup. These artistic forms of Sanskrit, called Lanza and Wartu, are preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today.
Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative awareness, formed through years of practicing the Tibetan Buddhist Tantras and philosophy, to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, spiritual themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist calligraphy and iconography.
Tashi's work is exhibited internationally in London, Moscow, New York and the United Arab Emirates.
Availability and purchase details
The paintings featured on this page are available in a limited-edition of just 100 giclée prints in each size, each print signed and embellished with Tashi's personal seal. Some original artworks may also be available for sale. Tashi is pleased to accept commissions for original works and may be contacted personally via his website.
Please see www.tashimannox.com for a detailed description of each of Tashi's original paintings, together with the price and availability of his range of limited-edition prints.