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What is a Thangka? Tibet’s Sacred Portable Art

As a maker of appliqué thangkas and other artworks based on Tibetan appliqué, I’m often asked, “What exactly IS a thangka?” Thangka is a Tibetan term for one of Tibet’s most plentiful and portable forms of sacred art. Some say the word thangka means “something that rolls up,” while others hypothesize that the word derives […]

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The Transformative Power of Sacred Art-Making

This article was originally published as “Teaching Western Women an Ancient Tibetan Art and Gaining Wisdom Along the Way” on Buddhistdoor Global on December 4, 2015. When I began teaching Western women the sacred art of Tibetan appliqué in 2008, I thought I was merely teaching needlework, but I had underestimated the power of the […]

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Stitching Buddhas: Can Sewing be Meditation?

This is a re-publication of an interview with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo by Naomi Imatome-Yun originally published in World Lifestyle magazine in March 2014. Finding your spiritual and creative path, stitch by stitch   Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of few Westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangkas. She was featured in the documentary, […]

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Transformative Arts Studio Opens at Channel Islands Harbor: Sacred Tibetan Applique Provides Background for Laughter and Learning

The new Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will open its doors this Saturday, February 22. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is the only westerner traditionally trained in sacred Tibetan appliqué art and her Channel Islands studio will be the first to show and teach the rare art form in the West. Sacred and transformative art has a […]

Connections – Guest Post

Kerryn Coombe first contacted me in 2006 with a desire to learn about silk thangkas. At that time, she went by a different name and was immersed in social work studies. Two years later, unbeknownst to Kerryn, the seed that became the Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program was independently (or perhaps I should say “interdependently”) […]