2016 North American Kagyu Monlam Tormas

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Torma master artists: Karma Samten (left) and Karma Wangchuk (right)

According to the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam website:

“The chöpöns who have kindly come to Kagyu Thubten Chöling include Karma Wangchuk, a master artist from Rumtek Monastery, seat of the sixteenth Karmapa; and Karma Samten, who was trained at Dilyak Monastery in Nepal. Both are members of a select group of torma artists assembled by His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa in 2005, during which they received additional training in the intricate design and detail of torma as part of the preparation for the 2005 Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya.

Eight four-foot tall torma, painted in brilliant colors, are being created for the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam, gifts of love to great lineage masters of the Kagyu tradition: Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa; the First, Eighth, and Sixteenth Karmapas; and the Eighth and Eleventh Tai Situpas. In addition, the torma will be ornamented with the Eight Auspicious Symbols and the Eight Auspicious Substances.”

(Photos by Margot R. Becker)

The Marpa Lotsawa torma:

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The Milarepa torma:

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The Choje Gampopa torma:

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The 1st Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa torma:

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The 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje torma:

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The 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpai Dorje torma:

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The 8th Tai Situpa Panchen Chokyi Jungne torma:

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The 11th Tai Situpa Pema Wangchuk Gyalpo torma:

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May it be auspicious!

 

 

 

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