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Artist and Tibetan Buddhist Priest Khenpo Nima Rinpoche will discuss the history of Thangka painting and demonstrate painting in that style during a free presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Alpine Hall 144 at Sacramento State.

Thangka is Tibetan painting usually created with paste on silk cloth. The paintings are used and treasured by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism to meditate on their devotion to their faith.

Born in Bhutan in 1957, the Rinpoche became a lama monk at age 8 and started practicing Thangka when he was 16. He was designated Rinpoche (precious, reincarnated monk) in 1999 and is now abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Taiwan.

“Tibetan Buddhist Art and the History of Thangka Painting” is open to the public and sponsored by Sacramento State’s Asian Studies Program ( and Humanities and Religious Studies Department (

For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho