Tashi was born in England in the year of the water tiger, for the past 30 years he has studied a range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.
For 17 years he apprenticed under the master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland. As part of his monastic training, in 1988 Tashi entered a closed four year Buddhist retreat, which also gave a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in highly disciplined Tibetan calligraphy.
In 2000 Tashi travelled to India, where studied 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.
Text from Tashi Mannox
Video from Planetary Productions