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Film 'Creating Buddhas' to be shown at the UNI Museum

October 18, 2011

Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, 319-273-2188,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — "Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas," a film by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the University of Northern Iowa Museum.

This film was produced, directed and edited by Leidenfrost in collaboration with Soulful Media Productions. It explores the life-changing journey of Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, who was trained in Dharamsala, India. It centers on her making of fabric thangkas, which are silken images of enlightened beings. During her nine years there, she learned the history and spiritual importance of fabric thangkas in Tibetan Buddhism.

This film is being shown in conjunction with the UNI Museums' fall exhibit, "Talking Textiles," which is open through Dec. 5. It is funded in part by the Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation and supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and a complete listing of programs and events, visit The University Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.