Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture will be the first feature-length documentary about the sacred ritual art of tormas. It will cover their complex history, rich symbolism, and important function in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism while showcasing the artistic creations of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. As visionary head of the Karma Kagyu, His Holiness has transformed the torma display at the Kagyu Monlam held annually in Bodhgaya, India and is establishing a new torma tradition in his lineage.
“As a child in Tibet, I was aware that the
torma tradition in the Karma Kagyu monasteries
in India had declined and needed to flourish.
I had a vision of new and beautiful tormas
[with elaborate scenes] of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
This experience has inspired me to revive
the older traditions and create a new one.”
– The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
2007 Interview

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