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

The Tormas created for the Kalachakra are currently on display beneath the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, India, January 2012
The Organizing Committee Banner for the 14th Dalai Lama's 32nd Kalachakra Initiation

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 Vimuktisena, Haribhadra, Gunaprabha, Shakyaprabha, and Atisha; Green Tara, White Tara, the Buddha Sakyamuni, Milarepa, the Dalai Lama, Tsongkhapa, and various other deities.

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

  1. Have you listed the tormas in order from left to right? I took pictures of all of them, but then neglected to write down which master is depicted in each one. Thank you for this wonderful blog. It’s very interesting. Also, wonderful to see pictures of the tormas made for Karmapa 900 in Delhi. We were not allowed to bring our carmeras, which a I understand, of course.

    • Thank you for your kind comments about the blog. Regarding the way the tormas are listed, they probably won’t match up exactly from left to right with the names in the copy. However, if you watch the slideshow to about half-way through, you’ll see photos with captions and I believe all of the tormas are accounted for there and captioned correctly. It’s a little hard to see on some of them, but the names are there at the bottom. These photos were taken by a friend who was in Bodhgaya for the event and sent to me. So it was a little hard for me to label them, but he did label a complete set on the jpegs and I’ve captioned those accordingly.

      • Thank you very much for your reply. I will look carefully at the film, and photos. Also, thank you for maintaining this blog. It’s very useful!

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