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The art of appliquéd thangkas

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Interwoven amidst the large variety of interesting activities going on within the Aro gTér Buddhist tradition is the activity of artwork, which is consider to be an art form equal to any other form of art.

In a letter to their students, the principle teachers of the lineage, Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen once wrote: “Some people see little value in craftwork in comparison with meditation – but what we have noticed about such people is that they seem to gain little benefit from their ‘meditation’. Those, however, who enjoy craftwork – seem to change and show the beneficial changes one would expect to see in terms of meditation."

This video shows the artform of thangka appliqué, where the images of awareness beings or lineage lamas are created out of fabric. Several practitioners in the Aro gTér lineage have become specialists in creating appliquéd thangkas and, toward this end, have learned very refined sewing techniques.

Our fundraising appeal focuses on establishing a Buddhist retreat centre in Wales, where people will be able to learn not only meditation, but also receive training in various art and craft forms and bring these skills back into their communities. When we deepen our appreciation of the world around us, we create an atmosphere of upliftedness and kindness, which is essential for the creation of harmony in the society.

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