Victor Frankel: Between stimulus and repose, there is a space…

By: Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator

Nov 23 2013

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Category: Fiber Arts, thangkas

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Between stimulus and repose, there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
–Victor Frankel

Our growth and our freedom…yes indeed.

Silk thangka artist Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo has been traveling this past week in India, leading a group on a cultural and fabric gathering expedition. She writes that this week they visited the Sikhs’ Golden Temple, and traveled to the Mother Ganges where, “at ghats along the sacred river, pilgrims and children bathe, brilliant silk saris are laundered and laid out to dry, water buffalo roam, and Hindus fortunate enough to die in this holy place are cremated. This is also the center of silk weaving, and we’re sure to be blanketed in satin and brocade during these days. Nearby, we’ll step into Buddhist history when we visit the Deer Park in Sarnath where the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths.” Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? Leslie’s work is simultaneously traditional and contemporary, and her fascinating story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Watch the 2013 journey to India unfold at

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