29th Kagyu Monlam Torma Report via the Kagyu Monlam Website

Report by Michele Martin

To prepare for the Monlam, sixty-five nuns and monks from Kagyu monasteries gathered at Thrangu Rinpoche’s Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath for twenty-two days during December. They spent this time intensely studying the ancient art of torma making —the tall, sculpted images that adorn the main shrine from year to year. At Vajra Vidya, classes began at eight in the morning and continued to six in the evening, and some of the students worked late into the night. Experienced teachers came as well as a statue maker from Bhutan, who gave the students the precise measurements for the figures—the rounding of the shoulders, the bend of an extended leg, the shape of the fingers in their mudras. Thangka painters also use geometric diagrams as a basis for their work, but the tormas are more difficult to create since they are three-dimensional.

For full report with slideshow go here.


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new film: Vara the Boon

Vara the Boon

In a rural Indian village, a young temple dancer falls in love with a poor sculptor, and puts both their lives at risk when she agrees to model for him in secret. Written and directed by Khyentse Norbu (The Cup, Travellers and Magicians), and currently in production in Sri Lanka.

via Evenstar Films | Films.


An Exhibit on the Tenth Karmapa is set to premiere at the Rubin Museum in NYC, August 31, 2012

The Black Hat Eccentric

Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa

August 31, 2012 – February 11, 2013

via Rubin Museum of Art:Current Exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art.