17th Karmapa, Buddhism, Butter Sculpture, India, Kagyu Lineage, Kagyu Monlam, Tibet, tormas

Wax Butter Color Palette

This clip shows the color palette used by one of the torma artists working in Bodhgaya on the Kagyu Monlam tormas.

17th Karmapa, Buddhism, Kagyu Lineage, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Ogyen Tinley Dorje, Tibet

The Lives of the Karmapas: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Karmapa 900 Logo designed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje


“In honor of the Karmapa 900 celebration, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be recounting the biographies of the Karmapas throughout the year. Beginning with Dusum Khyenpa, Rinpoche transmits his deep devotion for each of the Karmapa reincarnations as he describes the events of their lives and their remarkable achievements.”

via The Lives of the Karmapas: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Listen to the teachings here:



Satyajit Ray’s “Sikkim” to premiere on Chogyal’s birth anniversary

Poster for Satyajit Ray's "lost" film Sikkim


SAGAR CHHETRIGANGTOK: After a wait of 40 years, Satyajit Ray’s only work never to have been officially premiered, his documentary film, ‘Sikkim’, is now finally ready for its world premiere; the date aptly set for 04 April, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the late Chogyal, Palden Thondup Namgyal, who had produced the film in 1971. The documentary film will premiere at Vajra cinema hall.

via Sikkim NOW!: Satyajit Ray’s “Sikkim” to premiere on Chogyal’s birth anniversary.

Amitabha Puja, Buddhism, Columbarium at Karme Ling, Columbarium shrine, Jangchok, Kagyu Lineage, Karme Ling Retreat Center, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, torma photo, tormas

The Amitabha Jangchok Tormas and Ritual (video)

Lama Lodro Lhamo (chopon) pictured with the Jangchok tormas, which are sitting on top of the urns of the deceased.
Amitabha Jangchok tormas, (three gektors, three chambus, three butterlamps) and a scorpion of black sesame seeds

The three gektors indicate peaceful means, the three changbus, wrathful means, and the three butterlamps are extremely wrathful means.  All of the negativities of the deceased will be burned in the form of the scorpion made of black sesame seeds.

Below is a video clip of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche performing the Janchok ritual:

Photos and video courtesy Lama Karma Lodro.

Buddhism, India, Mahakala Tormas, torma photo, tormas, Uncategorized

Permanent torma made from clay

6-arm Mahakala torma made of clay

This unfinished 6-arm Mahakala (Chagdrupa) torma* is made out of clay in the Shangpa Kagyu style. This was probably made from a natural, air-dry clay.

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*Note this torma was made by the previous Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche.