Buddha Shakyamuni, who lived in India 2500 years ago, taught the path to enlightenment based on his own experience of having achieved complete liberation from ignorance and suffering. He taught so that we would be able to follow the same path and achieve the same state ourselves, our full potential as conscious beings. Here he is shown in utter simplicity, legs crossed in the vajra position indicating the firmness and unwavering stability of his concentration. His right hand touches the earth symbolizing his victory over all obstacles, while his left hand rests in his lap in the gesture of meditative absorption into the true nature of reality.
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, a Californian who has lived in many places, creates lively stitched silk images.
She developed her skill in four years of apprenticeship to Tibetan craftsmen in India and is one of few non-Tibetans to have mastered their traditional textile art.
Leslie has always loved working with fabric and colors as well as working on herself, so it gives her great pleasure to be able to create inspiring images of personal transformation from pieces of colorful fabrics. All the better when those images also inspire others!
She studied design at the University of California in Santa Cruz and continues to broaden her education with art and textile studies in California and Europe. She is a member of the American Craft...
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