The Kagyu Monlam Torma Report

The annual report on the Kagyu Monlam butter sculptures has just been released by the amazing KM writing team. Check out the article and slideshow here: A Tour of the Tormas and the Altar for the 32nd Kagyu Monlam Chenmo.

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Amitabha tormas

An elaborate shrine was set up for KTD’s annual winter Amitabha retreat. Here are some photos:

Recent News from Bodhgaya

Torma Artists Karma Samten and Karma Wangchuk have written from Bodhgaya where they go every year to create beautiful works of art for the Kagyu Monlam torma display. They shared some of their recent activities with the Torma Film crew. Karma Samten sent photos of some of his latest artworks. This year he is working on sculptures of the Four Great Kings with Indian motifs. He also shared photos of wax-butter lotus flowers he made. This is a new type of flower recently designed by the Karmapa.

On December 23rd, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche initiated the gilding of the large golden Buddha statue inside of the Mahabodhi Stupa. This had been sponsored by a Kagyu Monlam member. Karma Wangchuk and fellow artists, Lama Gelek, Karma Samten, and Tashi Tsering helped to apply the gold to the statue.  As Karma Wangchuk said, “It was a really great opportunity to accumulate good karma. We also did this last year with His Eminence Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche.”

The Torma film is here!

We are very happy to announce the completion of the film, Torma. It has been quite a journey to arrive at this point because every stage of the production has had its own challenges and rewards. We offer sincere gratitude to the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje for guiding the project from its very inception in 2007. We also offer heartfelt thanks to the Karmapa and the other Kagyu Lineage Masters for graciously and generously sharing their time and wealth of knowledge about tormas. Thanks to all of the Kagyu Monlam torma artists for allowing us to film them at work creating their masterpieces. And special thanks to the sangha at Benchen Monastery in Nepal. It is our great honor to share Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s wonderful teaching on tormas. The full teaching/interview is available on the Torma Film DVD. Torma_Web_Front-Cover Torma_Web_Back-Cover

Torma Film Begins Post-Production in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Torma Film project is pleased to announce it has entered the post-production phase. We were lucky to be introduced to editor, producer and post-production supervisor, Georg Peter Muller from Living Films in Chiang Mai, Thailand (www.livingfilms.com). Georg is one of the firm’s founding partners and has been living and working in Thailand for 25 years.

Tsechu film (Lama Dance at Ralang)

On 10th May, 2014 H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche presided over the
GARCHEN TSECHU CHENMO, (Sacred Ritual Lama Dance with full Costumes and Masks),
 with Tulkus, Lamas, Monks and Nuns from Densa Palchen Chosling Monastery performing. [Check out the torma at 3:47]

At Densa Palchen Chosling Monastery, Ralang, South Sikkim, India