Karma Phuntsok

Karma Phuntsok – Contemporary Tibetan Artist


“Shoshoni Yoga Retreat is very fortunate to host contemporary Tibetan artist Karma Phuntsok September 1-3, and 8-10. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to study and paint with one of the top contemporary Tibetan thangka painters in the world. Students go home with their own Buddha.” – Faith Stone

Create your own Buddha with Karma’s assistance. No experience required. Simple, step by step process. Leave with a finished Buddha, ready to hang on your wall. Students who have attended Karma’s previous workshop may choose to create female Buddha, Tara.

Labor Day Weekend – September 1-3, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Or: September 8-10, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Location: Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, Rollinsville, CO
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (times are more flexible after first day, to be discussed with Karma).

Cost for 3 day Workshop $250, Plus accommodations and $20 materials fee.
50% deposit, $125 required to register.
Limited to 15 students

Contact Shoshoni at 303-642-0116 to register.


I was born in 1952 in Lhasa, Tibet. My family and I fled Tibet after the uprising against the Chinese in 1959, escaping into India as refugees. I studied drawing and painting through my school years in India. In 1973 I studied Thanka Painting with a master of traditional Tibetan Thanka painting in Nepal. Since then I have been making paintings based on Tibetan Buddhist deities.

In 1981 I migrated to Australia and now live in the “Bush” north of Kyogle with my wife and son. My paintings are collected world-wide and published in various books and magazines. My recent paintings are mostly experiments, interweaving traditional techniques and symbols with modern inspirations.

“The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist Art. Though formally trained as a traditional Thanka painter, Karma applies different techniques and materials in his work, often creating futuristic expressions of the time-honoured craft. The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love life in the Australian Bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.”
– David Templeman