The Torma Sculpting Tools are Carved from Special Bhutanese Wood

In this clip, Lama Gelek, the chopon from Mirik Monastery, is shown making a tool for sculpting butter tormas for the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya. The wood he is using to carve the tool is called “geepshing” and comes from Bhutan. This special wood is naturally saturated with a resin that doesn’t stick to the wax butter, allowing for a smoother sculpting experience.

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