Month: April 2011

Amchok Metok Gyens and the Nuns who Made Them

Amchok Metok is the name of a particularly beautiful decoration that looks like a flower and is used on the large butter sculptures that grace the shrine during the International Kagyu Monlam. Metok means flower and Amchok perhaps refers to the region of Tibet where this type of flower…

Amitabha Jangchok Puja and the Importance of Choosing a Proper Burial Site

In a couple of weeks, from May 15-17, the annual Amitabha Retreat will take place at Day Den Shing, the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York. On the third day, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will perform the Jangchok, a special ceremony…

Semi-Permanent Tormas

Sometimes, it’s nice to keep perishable offering tormas on the shrine for a long period of time, such as the duration of a practice, in which case it’s good to use natural, edible ingredients that will last for weeks or months. Here is a…

Permanent torma made from metal

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More Permanent Tormas

It is funny to use the term permanent when referring to tormas used in Tibetan Buddhism, with its emphasis on the impermanence of all phenomena. The long-lasting tormas pictured here were made with Sculpey synthetic clay. (click on the photos for highest-resolution) (Note: the Nyungne…

Permanent tormas in the Columbarium

The term permanent torma refers to tormas left on the shrine for an extended period. Usually these are made out of precious metals, wood, clay or synthetic materials. As an example I’ve posted a few photos of the tormas in the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center. These…

Amitabha Jangchok Tormas

Each spring at the site of the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York, a special three-day Amitabha puja is held to benefit the living and deceased. On the last day, a Jangchok puja is performed by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and…

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