I read an article called ‘Cutting Through Spiritual Chauvinism’, a teaching about relationships between men and women. I wanted to learn more. I was attracted to every part: the ceremony, the smell of butter lamps and incense, the beautiful brocades, but most of all the fantastic images in the Tibetan thangkas. I had struggled on my own to paint images from books but it was frustrating. Apprenticeship gave me the opportunity not only to receive Buddhist teachings, but the best opportunity of my life to train as a thangka painter.

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