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THREADS OF AWAKENING with Leslie Rinchen Wangmo
Artist-author Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo will share her experience studying sacred Buddhist textile art among the Tibetan community in India.
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Jan 21, 2023, 4:00 PM EST – Jan 22, 2023, 5:30 PM EST
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About the Event
Saturday January 21, 2023
4pm - 5:30pm Eastern
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About the presentation:
Artist-author Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo will share her experience studying sacred Buddhist textile art among the Tibetan community in India. For more than 500 years, Tibetans have been creating sacred images from pieces of silk and using these textured maps to access the hidden treasure of their own true nature. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of few non-Tibetans to have mastered this rare art form and has written a book about her experience. Come see her extraordinary artwork and be inspired by her fascinating stories of traveling off course to a new life path.
About the book:
Part art book, part memoir, part spiritual travelogue, Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art is the first book to explore the rare Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangka by one of few Westerners to have mastered it. A blend of adventure, art, and introspection, the book includes 49 color photos and a foreword by the Dalai Lama.
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a textile artist, teacher, and author of Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art. A California girl who bought a one-way ticket to India and landed in a Tibetan sewing workshop next door to the Dalai Lama, she became one of few non-Tibetans to master the Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangka. Trained by two of the finest living Tibetan appliqué artists, Leslie learned to stitch bits of silk into elaborate figurative mosaics that bring the transformative images of Buddhist meditation to life. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in the documentary, Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. After two decades abroad, Leslie returned to southern California where she now lives with three cats and enough fabric to last several lifetimes, but never enough for the next project. You can learn more about her work and book online at threadsofawakening.com.
Book page with links to purchase the book: https://threadsofawakening.com/book