We Are Not Just Humans
“Human Nature, Buddha Nature”
from Tricycle Spring 2011
I love that he uses the words “waking up” –I’ve been busy “waking up” in the middle of the night again this August to write as part of this year’s 3:15 Experiment. I am very interested in how we are also buddhas waking up in human form, learning how to become human. I think dreams, active imagination, social dreaming, and writing in altered states can show us how these can mutually enrich each other.
Fabric thangka by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, one of the few westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas; His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures. Leslie’s fascinating story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas.
- Oxnard artist specializes in Tibetan appliqué (vcstar.com)