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Lama Tashi Norbu

Lama Tashi Norbu, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and artist, embodies a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. Ordained with the name “Tashi Norbu” by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche, who is considered to belong to the legendary sacred Sky Dancers of Tibet.  

Among many other accomplishments, Tashi served as a Thangka Painter under His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s residence. He was recognized for his gifts and sent to the west to study contemporary art evolving then into a contemporary Tibetan artist who skillfully integrates traditional and modern elements to create art in support of his culture.

Devoted to his belief that being a Tibetan Buddhist Monk is a distinctive path for an artist, Tashi utilizes his art as a medium to deepen people’s understanding of Buddhism and help them recognize their inherent virtues. His paintings, rich in magical tales and vibrant imagery, offer insights into Tibetan Buddhism’s living qualities. Tashi’s commitment extends beyond art; he engages in meditation, live painting performances, sand mandala creations, and even tattooing sacred Tibetan art on individuals based on their astrological charts.

Tashi’s life is a profound commitment to alleviate the sufferings of all sentient beings, rooted in the teachings of Buddha. He actively advocates for the preservation of Tibetan art and culture. He is the Founder and Creative Director of the only registered Tibetan Museum in the world, the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art based in the Netherlands. His global activities and support for women’s rights in Tibet highlight his dedication to compassion and service. Tashi’s influence extends internationally, with his paintings exhibited in numerous galleries and museums worldwide.  His current vision is to open a museum in the United States similar to the one he founded in the Netherlands.

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