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Tibetan songs and film, 'Creating Buddhas,' come to Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

September 2, 2010

Dunn County News (USA)
August 31, 2010

On Sept. 11, at Mabel Tainter in Menomonie at
7:30 p.m., traditional Tibetan songs will be
performed by Ngawang Tenzin, preceding the
screening of the film "Creating Buddhas" and
followed by a short talk by Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen of Washington, D.C.

"Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of
Fabric Thangkas" is the story of a western woman
who became a fabric thangka maker. Now, she is
bringing the gift of fabric thangka to this culture.

Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and
appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism and is
also known as Applique Thangka, Brocade Thangka,
and Silk Thangka. Fabric thangka is so rare that
in some places it is only seen once a year, and
then for only for a few hours.

  Trained in Dharamsala, India, for nine years,
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female
makers in world and one of the only fabric
thangka makers in the west. This film also
explores Leslie's life-changing journey of
discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in
Dharmasala, India, the step-by-step by process of
producing a fabric thangka, and the history and
spiritual importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Through
this film, see her produce a thangka of the female Buddha Tara.

In a sense, Leslie is like Tara. She became a
master of a male tradition and the public will
see fabric thangka through feminine eyes.
"Creating Buddhas" is a one-hour not-for-profit
film produced by The
producer/director of the film, Isadora
Leidenfrost, will present the film and be
available to answer any questions afterward.

Following the film there will be a short talk by
Lama Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen. He is vice
president of Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Temple of
All-Encompassing Great Compassion, which is the
U.S. headquarters of the Sakya Order of Tibetan
Buddhism in the United States. He is also
Spiritual Director of Sakya Phuntsok Ling Center
for Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Meditation in
Silver Spring, Md. Khenpo Kalsang is a widely
recognized and accomplished teacher and
translator of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet, he
is learned in sutra and tantra and has spent long
periods in meditative retreat. For the past three
decades, he has taught the Dharma widely in the
United States and Southeast Asia.

This event is a benefit for the Tibetan Earthquake Relief Fund.

On April 14 2010, in a remote Tibetan corner of
western China a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake
killed 2,698 people and injured more than 10,000.
The Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture was
hardest hit. Chinese officials say 15,000 houses
have collapsed and 100,000 people need to be
relocated after the quake, which toppled ancient
Buddhist monasteries, cracked a dam, and triggered landslides.

Due to so many natural disasters in the spring of
2010 the Yushu earthquake went largely unnoticed
by the rest of the world. Although emergency
funds were allocated, there is a great need for
ongoing support for the thousands left behind.

Tsechen Kunchab Ling, the main center for the
Sakya Lineage in the United States, is handling
the collection of donations to send to Tibet
directly through His Holiness Sakya Trinzin. All
donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.
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