Month: January 2012

His Holiness Karmapa Visits the Mahabodhi Temple and the Nyingma Monlam Shrines

His Holiness Karmapa makes offerings and prayers inside the Mahabodhi Temple with Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Ayang Rinpoche in attendance. After the prayers, His Holiness walked around the Stupa and offered Katas to the Nyingma Monlam shrines.

Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya ~ Emaho « Kagyu Monlam Blog

Emaho, His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya this afternoon. Around one thousand monks from the annual debate and hundreds of devotees from around the world waited joyfully at Tergar Monastery for His Holiness Karmapa and gave him a grand welcome. His Holiness Karmapa will…

The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Tormas

The 23rd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo for World Peace started yesterday in Bodhgaya and will continue until February 2. Luminaries attending include Dilgo Yangsi Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, and Dudjom Rinpoche (to name only a few). The Nyingma Monlam  provides the sole occasion for members of the…

Tormas in Memory of the Late H.H. Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog Jungne (1933-2004)

A monlam was recently held in Bodhgaya in honor of the 9th anniversary of the passing of H.H. Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog. At the age of two, he was recognized as a incarnation of the Terton Sogyal, Lerab Lingpa and is cited as being the…

Karmapa on the significance of the tormas created for the 26th Kagyu Monlam

Here is a video montage featuring excerpts of a talk by His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, in which he explained the significance of the tormas created for the 26th Kagyu Monlam (filmed in Bodhgaya, India in 2009). The text below is followed by…

A Dazzling Visual Feast of Butter Sculpture Celebrates the Kalachakra Teachings and Empowerment in Bodhgaya, India

The amazing butter sculptures displayed below were created by the Gyuto and Gyudmed monks for the Kalachakra teachings and initiation currently taking place in Bodhgaya. They depict the Seventeen Nalanda Masters: Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Buddhapalita, Bhavaviveka, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantarakshita, Kamalashila, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Arya…

From Kagyu Office: the Website of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa — Preserving a Unique Spiritual Art Form, Gyalwang Karmapa Instructs Torma Makers

December 30, 2011- Sarnath, Varanasi. His Holiness the Karmapa today addressed a group of 80 butter sculptors, including monks and nuns from over 35 monasteries and nunneries. Tibetan butter sculptures, sometimes loosely referred to tormas, are ritual cakes typically made of butter and other…

Karme Samten’s Karmapa 900 Tormas

  Karma Samten is the artist who made the tormas for the Karmapa 900 Delhi event at the Grand Hotel. Pictured above in 2008 during an interview for the Torma Film, Karma Samten is an accomplished torma artist and thangka painter who helps to…

Torma Art Classes ~ Sarnath, December 2011 – January 2012 « Kagyu Monlam Blog

Around a hundred monks and nuns from several Karma Kagyu monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan have been attending torma art classes in Vajra Vidya Institute, Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastery in Sarnath, since the beginning of December. via Torma Art Classes ~ Sarnath,…

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