The Shapes of Consciousness:
A Gateway Into Sacred Art

This 10-week course is a powerful, fascinating, and transformative journey into traditional sacred art and geometry. Sacred art is used throughout the dharma tradition and is an integral component of most spiritual practices, such as pūjā and meditation. In this course, you will learn how to decipher, utilize, and create sacred art to support a yogic and dharmic life.

A 10-Week Experiential Learning Journey into
Art as a Sacred Practice

Sacred art is used throughout the dharma tradition – for example, as a ritual instrument, as part of worship, as a vehicle for teaching, as a visualization for meditation, and even as a physical touchstone of divine grace that conveys beauty, blessings, power, and protection.

In the same way that mantra is an embodiment of the divine in sound or vibrational form, sacred art is the divine in visual form. This course is a starting point for all students of the dharma traditions to learn how sacred art functions, how it is made, and how to connect with the wisdom it contains. 

Each week, we will learn about the fundamentals of sacred art by drawing simple geometric shapes in a ceremonial manner. We will also learn additional teachings and inner practices that are integral to correctly understanding and creating sacred art. This is a course for all students, not just artists.

This course is meditative, interactive, and personally transformative. Not only will it shift your perception and expand your vision, but it will also provide a foundation for engaging with the dharma tradition as a whole. Along with simple drawing, you will learn about ritual conduct, right attitude, and other necessary components that elevate ordinary visual art to sacred art.

Each session of the course is limited to 12 students. Classes are 1.5-hour each week and held online. There are also weekly homework assignments (about 30 minutes).

The only materials you will need are a few sheets of paper, a pencil, a ruler, and a compass. To take classes, you will need a webcam, microphone, and a stable internet connection. Recordings will be available after each class.

Tuition for 10-Week Series: $360

Current Open Sessions:

Sundays 11AM-12:30PM PST beginning February 10, 2019

This course is open to all levels, and is a required prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced classes.
If necessary, please email admin@livingsanskrit.com to apply for a scholarship.

Class 1:

How To Draw the Universe

Class 2:

Making Mirrors

Class 3:

The Birth of Form 

Class 4:

The Shape of Transformation

Class 5:

More Than Meets the Eye

Class 6:

Four Corners of the Earth

Class 7:

The Sacrifice of the Tree

Class 8:

The Five Powers of God

Class 9:

The Bliss of Union

Class 10:

The Holy Mountain

Course Instructor:

Ekabhumi Ellik

Living Sanskrit Core Teacher
Student Experiences:
"I was trained in Thangka painting at Naropa University, and felt quite confident about the depth of my practice before coming to Ekabhumi. What I have learned since is how much more there was waiting for me to discover. The combination of ritual, technique, and cultural understanding has opened a doorway I was longing for, into the more subtle esoteric dimensions, and awareness of these dimensions is moving through my body and onto the paper in ways I never imagined.

Responding to Ekabhumi's sincere guidance has opened a greater potency and transparency in my work-- the line between art and practice no longer exists."
Student Experiences:
"Art is a language in itself and Sacred Art is the Wisdom within it. And a teacher like Eka takes the journey deep, with much simplicity. Suddenly it's not just about making circles and other geometric patterns, but about how your entire body works together to create them. From holding a pencil in your hand and drawing, you come to realizing the potential within yourself beginning to manifest.

The surprise comes when Eka infuses a sense of fun and excitement with every discovery you make and you have to see how obvious it would have been if you had just paid attention. If you are ready to discover sides of yourself you hid really well through the use of a pencil and a piece of paper, or many of them, you are in the PERFECT place."
Student Experiences:
"What a great course this is, Ekabhumi! I am eternally grateful for your teachings. I have been particularly drawn to the teachings on how to create a mandala of your life.

How empowering to know I can take concrete steps to bring about particular beneficial effects in my life and that of those around me (and the wider world) as a result."
Student Experiences:
"Thank you for this course! It was very inspired and helpful. I learned a lot of new and interesting knowledge that I can use in my everyday life. Thank you for all the beauty you share with all of us."
Student Experiences:
"I'm a meditator and I'm terrible at drawing, and I wasn't sure whether this course was the right fit for me or not. However, I soon learned that this is so much more than an art class - it's art as a form of meditation, and even worship. Ekabhumi was very patient and answered all my questions. And there were so many delightful surprises and discoveries along the way! I feel like this course has changed my entire vision of myself and of the world."

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